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International Angiology 2010 February;29(1):70-4

language: English

Subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery ameliorates the symptoms of chronic venous ulcer (C6) patiens

Kurdal A. T., Cerrahoglu M., Iskesen I., Eserdag M., Sirin H.

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Celal Bayar University, School of Medicine, Manisa, Turkey


AIM: Chronic venous insufficiency and the development of venous ulceration, as a result of this condition affects quality of life. In order to avoid skin changes and allow for quick remedy, subfacial endoscopic perforator surgery (SEPS) has been suggested and gained some popularity. The purpose of this study was to assess the healing rate of venous ulcers in patients undergoing SEPS.
METHODS: The SEPS procedure by using two ports was applied in 20 patients with active venous ulceration (CEAP-C6). The results were evaluated by Doppler findings, Venous Disability Score (VDS) and Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS) before and after the operation. Patients with prior deep vein thrombosis were excluded from this study.
RESULTS: The ulcers healed in all patients. Significant clinical improvement according to VDS and VCSS values was obtained in all patients after the procedures. There was no mortality or any other major complication during the follow up period.
CONCLUSION: The advantages of using two-port, video-controlled SEPS procedure may provide freedom from the skin complications that can be seen after Linton operation with quick and sustainable ulcer healing.

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