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This procedure aims at removing the superficial veins by cauterising them.
Usually the actual varicosities have to be removed separately.
The long saphenous vein is cannulated using an ultrasound machine
The laser wire is passed up the superficial vein to the groin
The position of the tip of the laser probe is confirmed in the groin
The laser is switched on and the vein is cauterised along its length by pulling the wire out slowly
After the procedure, which can be done under local or general anaesthetic, bandages will be applied and you will be able to go home.