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A Journal on Phlebology
Acta Phlebologica 2010 April;11(1):23-6
Early improvement in quality of life after varicose veins surgery
Pellegrini F. 1, Goracci A. 1, Fagiolini A. 1, Santomauro T. 1, Di Simplicio M. C. 1, Mancini S. 2, Bucalossi M. 2, Mancini S. 2, Castrogiovanni P. 1
1 Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry Division, University of Siena School of Medicine, Siena, Italy
2 Department of Surgery, University of Siena School of Medicine, Siena, Italy
Aim. The aim of this study was to evaluate if varicose vein surgery improves quality of life or, instead, merely represents an intervention whose results are limited to cosmetic improvement.
Methods. Sixty-one consecutive patients with chronic lower extremities venous disease who underwent surgery were evaluated via the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES-Q) at baseline, after one month and three months from surgery.
Results. With the exception of the “social relations” Q-LES-Q domain (whose score did not change), the score in all Q-LES-Q domains improved after the surgical intervention. Statistical significance (P<0.014) was reached for the “leisure time activities” domain. After three months overall the quality of life scores remained stable.
Conclusion. Although statistical significance was reached only for one Q-LES-Q domain, varicose vein surgery leads to early improvement in all but one areas of quality of life, which was sustained in the following months. Longer and larger studies are needed to confirm our findings and evaluate if the improvement is sustained over longer periods of time.