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Ann Vasc Surg. 2001 Nov;15(6):661-5.

Comparison of clinical outcome of stripping and CHIVA for treatment of varicose veins in the lower extremities.

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  • 1Vascular/Endovascular Surgery Department, Vall d'Hebron General Hospital, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

The purpose of this nonrandomized case-review study was to compare the outcome of stripping and CHIVA for treatment of varicose veins in the lower extremities in our department. Outcome was evaluated by independent physicians. A total of 85 patients underwent saphenous vein stripping in association with phlebectomy and 90 patients underwent CHIVA cure. The duration of follow-up was 3 years. Study criteria were (1) presence of varicose veins as a cause of failure (1.1% in the CHIVA group vs. 15.3% in the stripping group), (2) appearance of telangiectasia (8.9% in the CHIVA group vs. 65.9% in the stripping group), (3) patient dissatisfaction rate (3.3% in the CHIVA group vs. 16.5% in the stripping group), (4) postoperative symptoms as a cause of failure (1.1% in the CHIVA group vs. 21.2% in the stripping group), and (5) saphenous nerve injury (1 patient in the CHIVA group vs. 16 in the stripping group). Differences between all five criteria were significantly in favor of the CHIVA group as compared to saphenous vein stripping with phlebectomy. Clinical results at 3 years are better for patients treated with CHIVA than stripping with regard to presence of varicose veins, clinical symptoms, presence of telangiectasia, cosmetic satisfaction, and neurologic complications. Data in our series of CHIVA treatments are comparable to those reported in the literature and better than those described in three series of stripping procedures with 3-year follow-up. A prospective randomized study is now underway to confirm these findings.

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