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Technical review of endovenous laser therapy for varicose veins.
Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2008 Jan; 35(1):88-95.EJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

In the last decade, several new treatments of truncal varicose veins have been introduced. Of these new therapies, endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is one of the most widely accepted and used treatment options for incompetent greater and lesser saphenous veins.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this report is to inform clinicians about the EVLT procedure and to review its efficacy and safety in treatment of truncal varicose veins. Also, we discuss some of the underlying theoretical principles and laser parameters that affect EVLT.

METHODS

We carried out a literature review of EVLT;s efficacy and safety. We included reports that included 100 or more limbs with a follow-up of at least 3 months. The principals and procedure of EVLT are described. Of the laser parameters, mode of administration, wavelength, fluence, wattage and pullback speed are discussed.

CONCLUSION

EVLT appears to be a very effective and safe option in the treatment of varicose veins but large randomized comparative studies are needed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17920307

Citation

van den Bos, R R., et al. "Technical Review of Endovenous Laser Therapy for Varicose Veins." European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery : the Official Journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, vol. 35, no. 1, 2008, pp. 88-95.
van den Bos RR, Kockaert MA, Neumann HA, et al. Technical review of endovenous laser therapy for varicose veins. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2008;35(1):88-95.
van den Bos, R. R., Kockaert, M. A., Neumann, H. A., & Nijsten, T. (2008). Technical review of endovenous laser therapy for varicose veins. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery : the Official Journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, 35(1), 88-95.
van den Bos RR, et al. Technical Review of Endovenous Laser Therapy for Varicose Veins. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2008;35(1):88-95. PubMed PMID: 17920307.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Technical review of endovenous laser therapy for varicose veins. AU - van den Bos,R R, AU - Kockaert,M A, AU - Neumann,H A M, AU - Nijsten,T, Y1 - 2007/10/24/ PY - 2007/04/27/received PY - 2007/08/09/accepted PY - 2007/10/9/pubmed PY - 2008/1/4/medline PY - 2007/10/9/entrez SP - 88 EP - 95 JF - European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery JO - Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg VL - 35 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: In the last decade, several new treatments of truncal varicose veins have been introduced. Of these new therapies, endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) is one of the most widely accepted and used treatment options for incompetent greater and lesser saphenous veins. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this report is to inform clinicians about the EVLT procedure and to review its efficacy and safety in treatment of truncal varicose veins. Also, we discuss some of the underlying theoretical principles and laser parameters that affect EVLT. METHODS: We carried out a literature review of EVLT;s efficacy and safety. We included reports that included 100 or more limbs with a follow-up of at least 3 months. The principals and procedure of EVLT are described. Of the laser parameters, mode of administration, wavelength, fluence, wattage and pullback speed are discussed. CONCLUSION: EVLT appears to be a very effective and safe option in the treatment of varicose veins but large randomized comparative studies are needed. SN - 1532-2165 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17920307/Technical_review_of_endovenous_laser_therapy_for_varicose_veins_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1078-5884(07)00535-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -