Using ultrasound to locate the vein to be treated, the surgeon introduces the laser fibre. Once in position, and the area is anaesthetised, the laser is activated.
The intense energy produced at the tip of the fibre seals-off the vein. In the following months the vein contracts completely and disappears.
Following completion of the laser component of the treatment, Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) is performed. UGS involves locating any remaining varicose veins using ultrasound, many of which are deep and invisible to the naked eye.
A foamed sclerosant, is used to shrink and close off these veins. The foam is injected into the veins with the intent of clotting the veins to become inflamed. This is performed precisely under ‘direct’ vision using ultrasound making it clear that all veins have been fully treated.