CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 988–991

Suitability of Varicose Veins for Endovenous Treatments

  • S. D. Goode
  • G. Kuhan
  • N. Altaf
  • R. Simpson
  • A. Beech
  • T. Richards
  • S. T. MacSweeney
  • B. D. Braithwaite
Clinical Investigation

DOI: 10.1007/s00270-009-9616-5

Cite this article as:
Goode, S.D., Kuhan, G., Altaf, N. et al. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol (2009) 32: 988. doi:10.1007/s00270-009-9616-5

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess the suitability of radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and foam sclerotherapy (FS) for patients with symptomatic varicose veins (VVs). The study comprised 403 consecutive patients with symptomatic VVs. Data on 577 legs from 403 consecutive patients with symptomatic VVs were collected for the year 2006. Median patient age was 55 years (interquartile range 45–66), and 62% patients were women. A set of criteria based on duplex ultrasonography was used to select patients for each procedure. Great saphenous vein (GSV) reflux was present in 77% (446 of 577) of legs. Overall, 328 (73%) of the legs were suitable for at least one of the endovenous options. Of the 114 legs with recurrent GSV reflux disease, 83 (73%) were suitable to receive endovenous therapy. Patients with increasing age were less likely to be suitable for endovenous therapy (P = 0.03). Seventy-three percent of patients with VVs caused by GSV incompetence are suitable for endovenous therapy.

Keywords

Radiofrequency ablation Interventional radiology Endovenous treatments 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. D. Goode
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Kuhan
    • 2
  • N. Altaf
    • 2
  • R. Simpson
    • 2
  • A. Beech
    • 2
  • T. Richards
    • 2
  • S. T. MacSweeney
    • 2
  • B. D. Braithwaite
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologySheffield Teaching HospitalsSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Vascular and Endovascular SurgeryQueens Medical CentreNottinghamUK

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