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Transilluminated powered phlebectomy: advantages and disadvantages of a new technique.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12786705     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Transilluminated powered phlebectomy is a new procedure for minimal invasive varicose vein surgery. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate this technique for its benefit and the technique-related risks and complications. METHODS: Thirty patients were prospectively operated with this new technique by the same surgeon (11 of them bilaterally [41 legs in all]). According to the sonography, sapheno-femoral-junction ligation and stripping of the long saphenous vein were done if necessary. The phlebectomy of the side branches was done with the new system (Trivex System/Smith and Nephew). The postoperative follow-up was at 10 days and 6 weeks. RESULTS: There was no intraoperative complication. The mean operation time per leg was 40 minutes. Twenty-five patients had an uneventful postoperative course. Twenty two have been very satisfied with the cosmetically result. Two patients required reoperation because of postoperative hematoma. One patient developed a seroma, which could be managed via puncture. One patient developed persistent brown scar. The overall morbidity was 12.2%. CONCLUSION: Using transilluminated powered phlebectomy, multiple and large incisions could be reduced. A perfect cosmetic outcome might be reached if the surgeon is aware of technique-related complications. To evaluate the real value of this technique, further randomized trials are necessary.
Andreas Shamiyeh; Peter Schrenk; Elke Huber; Jan Danis; Wolfgang Ulf Wayand
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-05     Completed Date:  2003-08-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  616-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Operative Laparoscopy at the Second Surgical Department, Academic Teaching Hospital, Linz, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive
Treatment Outcome
Varicose Veins / surgery*
Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods*

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