Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous Laser Ablation is a procedure suitable for treatment of larger varicose veins.

In the picture there is an example of larger varicose veins suitable for treatment with Endovenous Laser Ablation. The procedure is performed by our Vein Physician and one of our Sonographers. Under ultrasound guidance the thin laser fibre is inserted into the vein and the vein is then numbed using local anaesthetic. After the laser procedure any remaining varicose veins are treated with Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. The procedure usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. You will need to wear a compression stocking for 2-3 weeks after the treatment and walk for 45 mins each day while wearing the stocking.

This is an outpatient procedure and you will be able to return to work the next day. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks. One week after the initial treatment you will have another ultrasound assessment and you may need more Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy treatment. There will be a further two more of these ultrasound reassessments, one after 4 months and the final assessment one year after the initial treatment. See FAQS.

How does it work?

Endovenous Laser Ablation is an Endothermal Treatment. Endovenous means inside the vein and ablation means removal. The laser beam specifically targets the vein and seals it as it is withdrawn. The vein is then gradually absorbed over several months. Endovenous Laser Ablation was first performed in 1999 and after 10 years became the gold standard for the treatment of larger varicose veins. It is the most commonly used Endothermal treatment both internationally and at our Varicose Vein Clinic.

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