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A Comparative Study Between Crepe Bandage, Tensopress, and Panelast Following Varicose Vein Operations

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International Journal of Angiology


This study was conducted in a district general hospital to compare the effect of three types of bandages applied following standard varicose vein operations. The three bandages studied were Crêpe® bandage, Tensopress®, and Panelast®. The study included 60 patients and took place over a period of a year. All patients coming for a varicose veins operation were included in the study, including those with recurrent varicose veins. Patients were assessed before and after the operation and changes were recorded. The study showed that 91% of patients benefited from the operation, and their symptoms improved significantly. However, there was no significant difference among the different bandage groups with respect to the overall improvement in symptoms (p= 0.004) and cosmetic appearance (p = 0.005). Tensopress showed significant control of bleeding than did the other two bandages (p > 0.05), and Crepe bandage showed improvement in leg swelling (p > 0.05) and was more comfortable than the other two bandages (p = 0.1). There were no mortalities, and 91% of patients were treated satisfactorily as day surgery.

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I would like to thank Mr. T. Cheatle, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Old Church Hospital, and Professor C. Shearman, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Southampton University Hospital, for their assistance in writing this article; all the nursing staff and medical secretaries who helped in organizing the notes and the patients; and Mr. A. Ganes for his assistance in the statistical work.

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Correspondence to Nasser M. Amer FRCS.

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Amer, N.M., Walker, M. A Comparative Study Between Crepe Bandage, Tensopress, and Panelast Following Varicose Vein Operations. Int J Angiol 14, 233–236 (2005).

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