Endovenous laser treatment

How does endovenous laser therapy work?

Previously, treatment of painful, swollen varicose veins required a surgical procedure where the great saphenous vein was stripped. More recently, endovenous laser therapy, also called EVLT, has been used to treat leaking saphenous veins (which feed the visible varicose veins) by delivering laser energy through a small puncture in the leg to close the diseased vein. The procedure may be undertaken using local or general anaesthetic, depending on how extensive your varicose veins are. It is not suitable for all patients with varicose veins.

A thin laser fibre is inserted into the great saphenous vein along your thigh. Laser energy is then delivered through the fibre and into the vein, causing the vein to close. The procedure takes about 30 minutes although treatment to visible varicose veins may lengthen the procedure.

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