Q13. What is endovenous laser ablation?

A13. This is a type of minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. It is particularly suitable for large varicose veins.

An incision is made in your leg followed by the insertion of a slim tube (catheter) and a tiny laser into the problem vein. The laser is passed through the catheter where it then emits tiny bursts of energy into the vein.

This heats up the vein and causes it shut down. The treated vein is gradually absorbed by the body.

This treatment is performed under a local anaesthetic.

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