Varicose veins is a common problem faced by almost 40 per cent of the adult population. Now a new procedure developed by Dr. Peter Lawrence, UCLA's chief of vascular surgery, makes the treatment of this problem easier. This procedure involves trans illumination during the vein-removal procedure. Early results of this new outpatient procedure have appeared in a study in the October issue of the journal The American Surgeon.

Highlights of the light-assisted stab phlebectomy, or LASP, procedure
a. This is a minimally invasive, sutureless procedure.
b. This procedure is designed to remove branch varicose veins from the thighs, calves and ankles.
c. It is a combination of two current varicose vein-removal methods, powered phlebectomy and stab phlebectomy.
d. In this procedure, a light source is placed beneath the skin to help highlight the veins during the procedure.
e. New, minimally invasive surgical instruments have also been developed to remove the veins by this procedure.
f. It is an effective procedure.
g. There is hardly any bruising.
h. The patient is sedated by remains conscious.