Int J Angiol 2016; 25(02): 117-120
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1555749
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Study on the Long-Term Results of Endovenous Laser Ablation for Treating Varicose Veins

Seung Je Go
1   Department of Surgery, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, South Korea
,
Byung Sun Cho
1   Department of Surgery, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, South Korea
,
Yun Su Mun
1   Department of Surgery, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, South Korea
,
Yoon Jung Kang
1   Department of Surgery, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, South Korea
,
Hye Young Ahn
2   Eulji University College of Nursing, Daejeon, South Korea
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Publication Date:
10 July 2015 (online)

Abstract

Background Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is widely performed since the early 2000s, but there are few long-term results.

Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term results of EVLA employed for treating varicose veins of the lower limbs by duplex ultrasonographic study.

Methods A total of 24 limbs of 17 patients who underwent EVLA between 2004 and 2007 were examined with duplex ultrasonographic scans. The mean follow-up period was 66.1 months.

Results There were five recurrences of saphenofemoral junction reflux. The occlusion rate was 79.2% at a mean follow-up of 66.1 months. There were 14 recanalizations and 5 recurrences of the great saphenous vein. Five partial and nine total recanalizations were observed.

Conclusions EVLA is an effective and minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Our long-term result was acceptable, but the result was not outstanding.