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Venous ablation therapy: indications and outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21722788     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Venous disease has long been recognized as a progressive, debilitating, and recurrent problem. Until recently, venous insufficiency was often undertreated due to a lack of therapeutic modalities. During the past decade, an explosion in the treatment options has occurred. Endovenous ablation therapy has nearly replaced the conventional surgical treatments for patients with superficial venous insufficiency. Dramatic changes in therapy are also available for deep venous thrombosis but are not the subject of this review. These newer techniques are much less invasive and consequently have reduced risks of wound complications or bleeding. In addition, they can be performed easily in the office setting with local anesthesia. Higher-risk patients can now be considered for these less invasive treatments to reduce their ambulatory venous hypertension. With the lower procedural risks and the dramatically shortened recovery times, earlier intervention can be entertained. This helps prevent the development of venous stasis ulceration and other sequelae of progressive venous insufficiency.
Julianne Stoughton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Progress in cardiovascular diseases     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1873-1740     ISO Abbreviation:  Prog Cardiovasc Dis     Publication Date:    2011 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-04     Completed Date:  2011-09-06     Revised Date:  2013-05-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376442     Medline TA:  Prog Cardiovasc Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Harvard Medical School, Clinical Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ablation Techniques* / adverse effects
Patient Selection
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome
Venous Insufficiency / diagnosis,  physiopathology,  surgery*

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