Since 2006 Dr. Med. Gudmundur Danielsson has worked at Scandinavian Venous Centre which is a leading centre in the treatment of venous diseases in Sweden and Norway. Extensive knowledge and experience in the performance of ultrasound imaging is important because the operation is based on this technique.
Doctor Danielsson has longstanding experience in endovenous operations of veins and he performed the first such operation at the Lund University Hospital in 1995. He worked at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Hawaii for a period of two years in 1999 and worked there i.a. in research studies involving endovenous operations. Mr. Danielsson defended a doctoral thesis on chronic venous diseases in 2003 discussing i.a. endovenous operations (Aspects on Chronic Venous Disease, Department of Vascular Diseases Malmö-Lund, Malmö University Hospital). The largest part of varicose vein operations in the US and Europe are now performed using endovenous technology and the major part of these operations are laser operations.
Endovenous operations are a new method used for treating varicose veins replacing the conventional operations. The vein is not opened in a conventional way but rather it is treated with an EVL (Endovenous laser) which is inserted into the vein and is located so that only that part of the defective vein is treated. There is no need for a conventional scalpel and there are no actual incisions made. The varicose veins are removed through the needle holes so that very small scars, if any, are visible a few months after the operation.
The bandage is removed the day following the operation and a shower is taken. Most people return to normal work a few days after the operation, it is common to begin to work again the day following the operation. This operation is highly economical because work loss is substantially less than following a conventional operation. The first laser operation in Iceland was performed in January 2012 at RVC and from that time few thousand such operations have been performed.