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WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR VARICOSE VEINS?

For varicose veins of the legs the traditional treatment was surgery, which is still carried out in more than 50% of the cases in Britain. The problem with surgery is that it’s quite an extensive operation, there are side effects and risks associated with it, and the biggest problem is that it’s an operation that doesn’t really work very well (i.e. there’s a high chance that these veins will come back again).

Newer techniques have been developed over the last decade or so the commonest of these is Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA/EVLT). Instead of stripping the veins physically out of the body which happens in surgery, Endovenous Laser Ablation destroys the veins where they actually are. It is a much more gentle technique which does not involve any general anaesthetic and it is carried out in most cases as an outpatient, walk in-walk out procedure. We use a little bit of local anaesthetic. We put a needle into the vein we want to destroy, pass a laser fibre through that needle into and along the vein. In order to stop the laser heat and light hurting the patient we inject a lot of very dilute local anaesthetic solution around the vein and once that local anaesthetic is in place we gently  pull the laser fibre out, heating the vein up all the way along which destroys it.

This technique is now probably the most common non-surgical technique for dealing with varicose veins and this is because it is the most simple, most effective, and cheapest way of dealing with the problem.

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