TITLE

Endovenous laser ablation of saphenous vein is an effective treatment modality for lower extremity varicose veins

AUTHOR(S)
Kavuturu, S.; Girishkumar, H.; Ehrlich, F.
PUB. DATE
August 2006
SOURCE
American Surgeon;Aug2006, Vol. 72 Issue 8, p672
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
We present our first experiences with the use of a new minimally invasive treatment of lower extremity varicose veins. We studied the occlusion rates of the great saphenous vein (GSV) with laser ablation, its failure rates, and its complications. Sixty-six limbs in 62 consecutive patients were treated and followed-up for 1 year. All of the patients had incompetent GSV proven by means of duplex scanning. The GSV segment from 2 cm distal to the sapheno-femoral junction to just above the knee was ablated by using laser energy. In addition, all patients had stab avulsions of the varicose veins of the leg with Crochet hooks. All patients were followed postoperatively on the 3rd day, 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year after surgery. All patients were treated as day-case surgeries. Among 62 patients studied, 46 patients were women (74%) and 16 were men (26%). The median age of the patients was 53 years (range 28-69 years). Median operation time was 65 min (range 40-140 min). Successful treatment (total obliteration of the GSV on duplex) was accomplished in 64 of 66 limbs (97%). In two cases, recanalization of the lower one-third of the treated segment of the GSV was noted after 3 months. There were no instances of neuropathy or skin burn. Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins is effective in inducing thrombotic vessel occlusion and is associated with only minor adverse effects. The procedure seems to be a promising alternative for surgical stripping of the GSV.
ACCESSION #
21879594

 

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