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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2008 Oct;36(4):485-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2008.06.029. Epub 2008 Aug 20.

Reverse foam sclerotherapy of the great saphenous vein with sapheno-femoral ligation compared to standard and invagination stripping: a prospective clinical series.

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Department of Vascular Surgery, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, UK. abelrachel@googlemail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Comparison of Reverse Foam Sclerotherapy of the great saphenous vein (GSV) combed with sapheno-femoral junction (SFJ) ligation to standard (Babcock) stripping and invagination (Pin) stripping in a prospective clinical series.

DESIGN:

Prospective clinical series.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

90 consecutive limbs of 82 patients with incompetence of the GSV resulting in varicose veins were prospectively randomised into 3 groups of 30, treated by SFJ ligation and either reverse foam sclerotherapy, standard stripping or invagination stripping of the GSV. Outcomes were assessed post-operatively and at 2-weeks follow-up. Peri-operative blood loss (24 hrs), analgesic requirement, bruising and residual varicosities were assessed. Bruising was assessed by both patients and independent assessors using questionnaires.

RESULTS:

SFJ ligation plus reverse foam sclerotherapy of the GSV was associated with significantly less blood loss, bruising and post-op discomfort than either of the stripping techniques. (p<0.001, Mann-Whitney)

CONCLUSION:

Standard stripping of the GSV and invagination stripping are not associated with major discomfort and problems in the early post-operative period. SFJ ligation and GSV reverse foam sclerotherapy yielded greater patient satisfaction with less post-op bruising and discomfort and reduced analgesic requirements.

PMID:
18718769
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejvs.2008.06.029
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