Endoluminal laser therapy

The basic principle of this procedure lies in treatment of the diseased saphenous vein from the inside by means of thermal energy. This is released at the tip of an optical fibre in the form of polarised light (laser). Heating of the vein wall leads to closure and ultimately to scarring of the vein. The scarred vein is then dissolved by the body, the blood flows exclusively through the remaining healthy venous system.

With this treatment method, the saphenous vein is not removed and an incision in the groinal region or hollow of the knee is not necessary. After the operation, the patient can resume their normal activities within a short time. The treatment is performed under local anaesthetic, large incisions are not necessary. Hence the cosmetic result is usually excellent and very low pain is experienced after the treatment.

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