Comparison of Endovenous Laser and Radiofrequency Ablation in Treating Varices in the Same Patient
Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences,
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2017),
25 January 2017
Introduction: To compare endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in different legs in the same individual in patients with venous insufficiency.
Methods: Sixty patients with bilateral saphenous vein insufficiency were included. EVLA or RFA was applied to one of the patient’s legs and RFA or EVLA to the other leg.
Results: EVLA and RFA complications were hyperemia at 20.7% and 31.0%, ecchymosis at 31.0% and 51.7% and edema at 27.6% and 65.5%, respectively. The rate of recanalization was 6.8% in the RFA group. No recanalization was observed in EVLA group. The level of patients satisfied with EVLA was 51.7%, compared to 31.0% for RFA, while 17.2% of patients were satisfied with both procedures. Times to return to daily activity were 0.9 days in the EVLA group and 1.3 days in the RFA group.
Conclusion: EVLA procedure may be superior to RFA in certain respects.
- Varicose veins
- Endovascular laser ablation
- Radiofrequency ablation
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