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Laser surgery for varicose veins

4 February 2013 Last updated at 12:35 GMT

Painful and unsightly, varicose veins affect around a third of people in the UK.

Traditional surgical treatment which strips out veins means having a general anaesthetic, staying in hospital overnight, followed by several weeks of recovery time.

Laser surgery is much less invasive and works by heat-sealing damaged veins from the inside. Patients can be back on their feet and return home the same day.

Health Check's Dr Ayan Panja reports.