Varicose vein treatment

Varicose vein treatment

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Varicose vein treatment. Patient undergoing endovenous laser (EVL) treatment for varicose veins. A laser sheath (white with black bands) can be seen partly withdrawn from the patient's leg. An endovenous laser (EVL) has been passed through the sheath and into the affected vein. The red light from the laser can be seen shining through the patient's skin (centre left). The laser will be withdrawn down the vein at a set rate, heating it from within and effectively sealing it as it passes. EVL treatment is non-surgical and is performed as an outpatient procedure, using an ultrasound probe to help the doctor keep track of the position of the laser.

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