There is a number of ways to treat varicose veins, including several non-surgical options. One such treatment is a procedure known as Endovascular Laser Ablation. Endovascular Laser Ablation is a common type of treatment for patients suffering from larger varicose veins that create heavy and tired legs, which is often accompanied by swelling, pain and ulcers in the legs.

Endovascular Laser Ablation tends to be a replacement for an older varicose vein treatment, which involved vein stripping and the affected veins being removed. The newer technique of Endovascular Laser Ablation comprises of a laser being used to generate heat into an affected vein. This intense, localised heat essentially closes the vein off over time and enables the body to absorb it.

As the Herald News notes in an article about Endovascular Laser Ablation, the ultimate aim of this type of treatment is to reduce both the symptoms and the complication risks varicose veins can cause, such as clots occurring in the blood.

A catheter is used to direct the heat to close the affected vein. Unlike the vein stripping procedure, Endovascular Laser Ablation creates less bleeding and bruising, meaning recovery time is often quicker for the patient. Not only this, but this less invasive method only requires the use of needle punctures opposed to incisions into the skin.

As the Herald News writes:

“The less invasive nature of this therapy allows the patient to return to normal activities soon after the procedure, and results in less pain and similar cosmetic results compared to stripping surgery.”

Endovascular Laser Ablation is typically carried out under a local anaesthetic and patients are usually able to go home the same day. It is also typical that normal activities can be resumed after a day or two following the Endovascular Laser Ablation procedure. However, despite patients’ legs looking and feeling better in the immediate wake of the treatment, with some patients it will take 1 or 2 weeks to detect any improvements.

The Vascular Consultancy carries out a number of treatments for varicose veins, including Endovascular Laser Ablation, as well as Radiofrequency Ablation, Varicose Vein Surgery, Varicose Vein Avulsions, amongst others.

For more information on the Vascular Consultancy’s varicose veins treatments, including Endovascular Laser Ablation, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy.


Varicose veins can cause more than physical pain and discomfort. Their unsightly appearance can also be a source of much emotional pain and anxiety for many people. However, there are many treatments available now for people who suffer from the condition.

According to the National Institute of Health, 60% of all women and men suffer from a vein disorder of some description. Due to poor circulation and blood pooling into the legs, many people who live with the condition complain of their veins throbbing, especially at night time. It can also cause a painful rash or ulcer.

There are many causes of varicose veins, it is not just a result of advancing years. Other contributory factors include can be caused due to an unhealthy lifestyle habits, obesity, poor blood pressure levels, sleep disorders and genetic disorders.

The physical and emotional pain that is caused by varicose veins means that more and more people are seeking help to cure the problem. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global varicose vein treatment market is expected to reach 475 million US dollars by 2024. Ever improving technology and people requiring less-invasive treatments are said to be the reasons for the surge in the market.

The report discovers that due to its cost and time efficiency, the most profitable procedure in 2015 was sclerotherapy. The other benefits of the treatment such as the reduced amount of scarring involved, the fact that the procedure is painless are all key factors that contribute to this.

The minimal side effects of the Closurefast technique in the endovenous ablation treatment sector is said to be the reason why it is the fastest growing segment in the industry.

The most widely used medical procedure in 2015 was endevonuos chemoablation. This is said to be due to the less invasive nature of the procedure.

North America held the largest market share of varicose vein treatments in 2016. This is reported to be due to the increasing rate of varicose and spider vein incidence within the population and people requiring treatment for aesthetic purposes.

In Europe, a high growth rate in less-invasive procedures for is forecast, as of 2016. This is said to be due to advanced treatment procedures and favourable initiatives brought in by government.

Pacific Asia is forecast to have the fastest growth in varicose veins treatments. This is due to many factors such as rising disposable income, improved healthcare infrastructure and increased patient awareness about the benefits of early treatment for varicose veins.


Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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