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Intravascular 1320-nm laser closure of the great saphenous vein: a 6- to 12-month follow-up study.
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PMID:  15522018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the safety and efficacy of an intravascular laser with a novel wavelength to close the great saphenous vein. METHODS: Twenty-four cases of an incompetent great saphenous vein (0.5-1.2 cm in diameter) associated with distal varicose veins were treated with a 1320-nm intravascular laser at 5 W with an automatic pullback mechanism at 1 mm/s. Patients were evaluated with duplex ultrasound to determine efficacy of treatment at various time periods to at least 6 months after the procedure. RESULTS: All patients demonstrated complete closure of the incompetent great saphenous vein. In most cases, the treated great saphenous vein was not identifiable 6 months postoperatively. There was no recurrence of any varicose veins. All preoperative symptoms resolved after treatment, and no complications were noted. All patients were very pleased with the outcome of the procedure. CONCLUSIONS: At 6 months or greater follow-up, a 5-W, 1320-nm intravascular laser with 1 mm/s automatic pullback, delivered through a diffusion-tip fiber, is safe and effective in treating an incompetent great saphenous vein up to 1.2 cm in diameter.
Mitchel P Goldman; Maritess Mauricio; Jaggi Rao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-03     Completed Date:  2004-12-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1380-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dermatology/Cosmetic Laser Associates of La Jolla, Inc., La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Laser Therapy / methods*
Saphenous Vein / surgery*,  ultrasonography
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Ultrasonography, Doppler, Duplex
Varicose Veins / surgery*,  ultrasonography
Venous Insufficiency / surgery*,  ultrasonography
Comment In:
Dermatol Surg. 2005 Jun;31(6):732; author reply 732   [PMID:  15996436 ]

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