Author(s): Memetolu ME, Kurtcan S, Erbasan O, zel D
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Abstract PURPOSE: We aimed to present the short- to mid-term results of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) procedures that were used to treat great saphenous vein (GSV) insufficiency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was conducted between December 2009 and January 2011. A total of 112 incompetent GSVs were treated using EVLA with a 940 nm wavelength laser. Ninety patients were treated for varicose veins with saphenous reflux, including 36 females (40\%) and 54 males (60\%). These patients' ages ranged from 17 to 79 years (median, 48 years). After the EVLA, the patients were monitored using duplex ultrasonography and were assessed clinically at 1 week and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after the surgery. The patients were scheduled for a three-day examination after the EVLA to assess the level of pain that each patient was experiencing in each limb. RESULTS: At the end of a one-year follow-up period, the postprocedural duplex scans revealed a total occlusion of the treated GSVs in 88 (97\%) patients and a sub-total occlusion in two (2\%) patients. The average modified clinical, etiological, anatomical, and pathological score was significantly decreased at 12 months. The following complications were observed in the present study: hypoesthesia (11\%), swelling and induration (5\%), skin pigmentation (5\%), deep vein thrombosis (1\%), erythema (1\%), and bleeding (1\%). The mean visual analog pain score for the entire procedure was 3.14±1.06. CONCLUSION: Our short- and mid-term results of the EVLA procedure were satisfactory, and the results of this study reaffirmed the safety and effectiveness of an EVLA using a 940 nm wavelength for the treatment of GSV insufficiency.
This article was published in Diagn Interv Radiol
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research