Endovenous laser ablation (closure) is a minimally invasive procedure done in the office using local anesthesia. It has replaced the traditional surgical vein stripping procedure in many circumstances. After making a small incision, the vein being treated is accessed using ultrasound guidance.

Following this the laser fiber is inserted into the vein and positioned appropriately, again using ultrasound guidance. Local anesthetic is used to numb the segment of the vein that is going to be treated. The laser is turned on and the targeted energy heats up the tip of the laser fiber. It is then slowly removed from the vein. The high temperature damages the lining of the vein which causes the vein to seal closed.

The procedure typically takes less than one hour. Following the procedure, a compression wrap is placed. The recovery is quick. In some patients, residual varicose veins will be treated in a follow up session with sclerotherapy.

"Many years ago I had my varicose veins stripped. It was very painful and took a long time to heal. I’ve been having problems for several years again. My cardiologist sent me to Dr. Deitz. I am so thankful he did. The procedure was painless and easy. The healing time was very short too. Dr. Deitz and his staff are the most kind, professional and compassionate staff I’ve been around. I highly recommend them to anyone with vein issues."
—William, Mossyrock, WA

"I credit Dr. Tollefson with saving my feet and legs - and therefore my life. Dr Tollefson is always pleasant, informative and explains my condition and options for treatment in a way I can fully understand. Dr. Tollefson’s staff is very competent and displays the same caring attitude. While operations are never something I look forward to, I found the care and expertise to be of the highest quality, thereby reducing my and my wife’s stress levels. I am grateful for Dr. Tollefson’s dedication to his practice."
—Neil  Chehalis, WA