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Endovenous Laser Ablation

In certain cases of larger bulging veins or varicose veins, Dr. Retief may recommend referral to a specialist performing Endovenous Laser Ablation. 

This is where a flexible laser wire is introduced into the varicose veins from the bottom of the legs in an upward direction to about the mid thigh area. The laser thermo-coagulation is then done slowly as the laser wire is withdrawn sealing off the vein. 

This procedure is "in-house" and must only be performed by experienced physicians. If used in the correct appropriate cases it has far less tissue trauma and heals very much more quickly than a full surgical stripping. 

However, it is not successful in cases where you have leaking valves very high up in the groin. Dr. Retief will decide on this based on his physical examination and Doppler testing at the assessment.