A laser fibre is introduced into the long saphenous vein up to the groin under local anaesthesia and positioned below the sapheno-femoral junction under ultrasound guidance.
Laser energy is then delivered all along the course of the vein in such a way that heat destroys the vessel wall structures. As a consequence the vein closes immediately.
-Not applicable to all patients
-Not sufficient to treat associated disorders such as small varicose veins, varicosities and spider veins
-Higher risk of recurrence compared to inverting stripping