Radiofrequency obliteration to treat the great saphenous vein insufficiency, an option in geriatrics patients
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Published: 19 May 2010
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) without high ligation, using controlled-heating to close vein. A minimally invasive treatment alternative to conventional surgery represents a valid option for geriatrics patients with venous insufficiency.
Materials and methods
RF treatment is more appreciated, especially by elderly, because it is minimally invasive allowing immediate discharge, rapid return to normal activity, mild pains. It represents a valid option in geriatrics patients with venous insufficiency. However, a correct selection of patients is necessary on accurate studying of features of GVS, excluding arteriopaty and pacemaker. RF treatment causes permanent closure of GSV, showing lasting over time efficacy, without the morbidity and longer convalescence associated with conventional surgical vein ligation and stripping  but results depend on careful execution of procedure.
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