Most patients suffering from phlebitis receive orders from their doctor to take pain medication and an anti-inflammatory drug, according to Cleveland Clinic. The need for surgical treatment, including stripping veins from the legs, arises when phlebitis affects circulation or is progressing into deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism.
Phlebitis is an inflammation of a vein, says WebMD. Superficial phlebitis affects veins on the surface of the skin and is rarely serious. Causes of phlebitis include prolonged inactivity, obesity, smoking and varicose veins. Conditions such as cancer or blood disorders that increase the clotting potential of the blood also cause occurrences of phlebitis.