Dr. Navarro describes when he created the endovenous laser treatment used for varicose vein removal.
The creation was inspired by trying to find a minimally invasive way, a procedure done at the office instead of the ligation and stripping. Between ‘97 and ‘99 at The Vein Treatment Center in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and here in New York, we did different tests and we developed the procedure.
So in ’99, we applied for a patent for the endovenous laser ablation, which was, we got the patent in 2002, and the procedure became FDA approved in 2002. And since then, tens of thousands of physicians are performing it in the U.S., all around the world, and it has really revolutionized the way in which we treat varicose veins because they either need the vascular surgeon or general surgeon, and you don’t need general anesthesia, and you don’t need to go to the hospital. So, the treatment of varicose veins has become much more, more democratic.
About Dr. Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Luis Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Founder and Medical Director of The Vein Treatment Center, established in 1982. Dr. Navarro is a General Surgeon, originally board certified in 1976. He is also a senior Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was Chief Surgical Resident. Dr. Navarro graduated cum laude from the University of Barcelona Medical School in his native Spain. He is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Navarro is a Diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Phlebology, International Union of Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology, American Society of Laser Medicine, and numerous other venous-related societies.