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The Effect of Saphenous Vein Ablation on Combined Segmental Popliteal Vein Reflux

  • Hong, Ki-Pyo (Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Do-Kyun (Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital)
  • Received : 2018.08.02
  • Accepted : 2018.08.16
  • Published : 2018.10.05

Abstract

Background: This study examined the role of superficial vein surgery in patients with combined superficial venous reflux and segmental popliteal vein reflux. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 42 limbs in 38 patients with combined superficial venous reflux and segmental popliteal vein reflux who underwent saphenous vein ablation between January 2014 and February 2017. Patients underwent outpatient follow-up duplex ultrasonography at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. Resolution of deep vein reflux was defined as reversed blood flow in a popliteal segment for less than 1.0 second and a decrease in the reflux time of more than 20% of the preoperative reflux time. Results: The mean follow-up period was 9 months (range, 3-23 months). Saphenous vein ablations were performed by stripping in 24 limbs and radiofrequency ablation in 18 limbs. Preoperative segmental popliteal vein reflux resolved in 21 of the 42 limbs (50%). Conclusion: This study demonstrated that superficial venous surgery corrected segmental popliteal vein reflux in 50% of limbs with combined superficial venous reflux and segmental popliteal vein reflux. Other prospective studies are necessary to elucidate the etiology of the non-reversible cases.

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Supported by : National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital

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