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Varicose veins operation by radio waves

Varicose veins operation by radio waves
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Key Info
  • Varicose veins operation by radio waves
  • Duration: 02:09
  • A comparison of the new surgery, carried out under local anaesthetic and the old procedure, which required a long recovery time and was painful for the patient. In the new technique, ultrasound is used to locate the blockage in the vein. Patients are able to walk away after the surgery and return to normal life quickly aftewards. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 17 October 2008. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Waves - Uses

  • Keywords: radio waves, operations, operating theatre, doctors, disease, physics
Ideas for use in class
  • Emphasises that electromagnetic waves transfer energy as heat Discuss the advantages of the new technique for the NHS in terms of costs and outcomes for patient.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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