OBJECTIVE: To describe and evaluate feasibility and efficacy of a saphenous ablation technique performed in patients with varicose veins (VVs), great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence, and proximal femoral valve incompetence: the Excluded Saphenous Vein Technique (ESVT).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with primary great saphenous and proximal femoral valve incompetence underwent ESVT. This technique is composed of selective crossectomy, GSV ligation next to the thigh incompetent tributary vein, and saphenous vein sclerosing performed from the proximal zone. Demographic, clinical and instrumental data were collected. CEAP classification was used to describe VVs severity. The primary outcome was perioperative complications. Secondary outcomes were 30-days, 6-months and 1-years GSV occlusion rate, and VVs recurrence rate.
RESULTS: During a ten months period, 104 patients were analyzed. Among these, 82 patients underwent ESVT (59 female, age 50 ± 21 years), eighty C2 and two C5, according to CEAP classification. The average length of GSV treated was 23 ± 9 cm. No intraoperative complications occurred. A 1-year follow-up analysis revealed no partial or complete saphenous recanalization, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism. No VVs recurrence was detected during the follow-up period among the entire population.
CONCLUSIONS: ESVT seems to be a safe and effective treatment for primary saphenous reflux and proximal femoral valve incompetence. Further studies are needed to assess long-term results.Free PDF Download
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M. Pagano, D. Bissacco, R. Flore, P. Tondi
Great saphenous vein reflux treatment in patients with femoral valve incompetence, the Excluded Saphenous Vein Technique (ESVT): a pilot study
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 22 - N. 21