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Invagination Stripping with Ultrasound-Guided Perivenous Tumescence: An Original Method of Great Saphenous Vein Stripping

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Although minimally invasive treatment of the great saphenous vein (GSV) is now preferred over stripping, in some cases, stripping is still necessary. However, stripping, as an invasive method of treatment, promotes significant bleeding and trauma to the saphenous vein track. OBJECTIVE

To describe an original method of GSV stripping, reducing bleeding during procedure. METHODS AND MATERIALS

Seventeen patients underwent stripping of 29 GSVs using tumescent infusion in the saphenous compartment guided by ultrasound, similar to the tumescent anesthesia used in laser ablation during treatment of saphenous vein insufficiency. RESULTS

Less bleeding and shorter recovery time was observed than in conventional GSV stripping. CONCLUSION

GSV stripping using tumescent ultrasound-guided technique promotes less bleeding than conventional stripping and should be always performed when GSV stripping is considered.

The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Vascular Surgery, College of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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