Prospective comparative cohort study evaluating incompetent great saphenous vein closure using radiofrequency-powered segmental ablation or 1470-nm endovenous laser ablation with radial-tip fibers (Varico 2 study).
- James A Lawson,
- Stefanie A Gauw,
- Clarissa J van Vlijmen,
- Pascal Pronk,
- Menno T W Gaastra,
- Marco J Tangelder,
- Michael C Mooij
J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord 2018 Jan 24;6(1):31-40. Epub 2017 Aug 24.
Centrum Oosterwal, Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
Background: Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency-powered segmental ablation (RPSA) of the incompetent great saphenous vein (GSV) are both known for their excellent technical and clinical outcomes for the treatment of varicose veins. RPSA has reduced postprocedural pain and morbidity with shorter recovery time for the patient compared with EVLA using bare-tip fibers. However, new-generation EVLA devices with less traumatic radial-tip fibers (RTFs) operating at longer wavelengths up to 1470 nm also reduce postprocedural pain. Read More