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An Sist Sanit Navar. 2013 Sep-Dec;36(3):419-27.

High crossectomy without vascular sectioning vs classic saphenectomy. Randomized clinical trial: analysis of recurrent varicose veins.

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  • 1Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Chile.



This study was designed with the aim of defining a new surgical procedure for varicose veins and for comparison with classic crossectomy in terms of reducing the recurrence rate of varicose veins.


Double-blind randomized clinical trial. For easy access, we selected 150 patients who came to the Phlebology Consultation Unit meeting inclusion criteria. With their informed consent, they were included in a study group using random table numbers. Group 1: (CS) Classic saphenectomy, 75 patients. Group 2: (HCWVS) High crossectomy without vascular sectioning. Both groups were monitorised at 12 and 24 months by Eco-Doppler study.


The incidence of varicose vein recurrence at 12 month follow-up was 69.3% in the group of patients undergoing CS, while in the group receiving HCWVS it was 29.3% (p <0.0001). These differences, though minor, remained statistically significant at 24 months of evolution (76% vs. 48%, p = 0.0004). The most common recurrence type was type I, with statistically significant differences at 12 and 24 months.


We believe that saphenectomy with crossectomy without vascular sectioning is the appropriate procedure to treat varicose veins, reducing type 1 or reticular relapse rate and maintaining the principles of classic surgery to reduce type 2 or truncular recurrence rate. This technique should be implemented with procedures based on saphenous sclerosis with foam art the saphenous femoral junction, in order to assess the recurrence rate of type 2 or truncular varicose veins.

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