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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2002 February;50(1):21-8


language: Italian

Indications and short term results of subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery (SEPS)

Irace L., Faccenna F., Gossetti B., Brunetti M., Tozzi M., Jabbour J., Faraglia V.


Background. The aim of this study is to evaluate diagnostic methods, indications and surgical technique in SEPS procedure and to analyze short term results.
Methods. Eighteen patients affected by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) have been analyzed. According to NAVS (North American Vascular Society) classification three patients were included in class 6 (C6), 3 (C5), 6 (C4), 2 (C3) and 4 (C2). From 2 to 5 selective subfascial endoscopic ligation of perforator veins, expecially I and II Cockett perforator veins' were performed. In 7 cases, total stripping of the great (6) or less (1) saphenous vein was associated with SEPS procedure. After the operation, an elastic bandage of the lower limbs was performed and a medical treatment with LMVH was started.
Results. In 6 patients of the C2 and C3 groups, neither recurrence or pathological reflux were observed at clinical examination and at color duplex. In 12 patients of C4, C5 and C6 groups a reduction of the perimalleolar oedema was observed. In the last 3 patients, with leg ulceration, a resolution of the lesion in 2 cases, and a reduction in diameter in the last one, were observed.
Conclusions. SEPS is particularly advised in those patients belonging to C5 and C6 groups, expecially in presence of leg ulceration.
This operations is suggested also in patients with CVI and incontinence of perforator veins detected by at color duplex. This diagnostic investigation seems to be adequate in the diagnosis of CVI and in the mapping of perforator veins of the leg.

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