Evidence summary of combined saphenous ablation and treatment of varicosities versus staged phlebectomy.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review was to create an evidence summary of the available literature comparing saphenous vein ablation and concomitant phlebectomy vs ablation with staged phlebectomy. METHODS: A review of the literature for ambulatory patients treated for venous insufficiency with saphenous ablation and phlebectomy was conducted. A literature search was performed using MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, and PubMed with the keywords phlebectomy, endovenous ablation, staged procedures, vein stripping, superficial venous disease, and powered phlebectomy. All studies that described a single approach, systematic reviews, case series (N < 20), and nonclinical studies were excluded. RESULTS: Eight clinical comparative studies of combined saphenous ablation and phlebectomy vs staged procedures were found: three randomized prospective studies, two prospective comparisons, and three retrospective reviews. CONCLUSIONS: Combined treatment of saphenous incompetence and symptomatic varicosities results in better short-term and better to equivalent long-term patient outcomes.
Hager, ES; Ozvath, KJ; Dillavou, ED
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