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Ultrasound surveillance in endoluminal laser treatment for varicose veins

Authors Varetto G, Garneri P, Castagno C, Molinaro V, Quaglino S, Ripepi M, Benintende E, Gibello L, Zan S, Contessa L, Bertoldo U, Rispoli P

Received 23 June 2013

Accepted for publication 28 August 2013

Published 29 October 2013 Volume 2013:1 Pages 21—23


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Gianfranco Varetto, Paolo Garneri, Claudio Castagno, Valentina Molinaro, Simone Quaglino, Matteo Ripepi, Emilio Benintende, Lorenzo Gibello, Stefano Zan, Luigi Contessa, Ugo Bertoldo, Pietro Rispoli

Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

Abstract: Venous ultrasonography is an indispensable tool in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of varicose veins. However, the criteria for defining preoperative imaging parameters, outcome monitoring, and follow up are not well characterized. In this retrospective study, we reviewed the ultrasound periprocedural parameters and the outcomes in 274 patients (280 limbs) after endoluminal laser treatment, at early (<30 days) and late (1–60 months) follow up. Treatment failure was defined as complete recanalization of the saphenous trunk, thigh perforator vein insufficiency, and recanalization of the proximal saphenous trunk. Judicious patient selection correlated with favorable outcome at the follow-up ultrasound examination.

Keywords: follow-up, chronic venous disease, intravenous, obliteration

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