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.