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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 149-153

Quality of life in patients undergoing endovenous laser ablation and saphenofemoral ligation and stripping

1 ESI Dispensary, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
2 Department of General Surgery, Holy Cross Hospital, Kollam, Kerala, India

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Dr. Deepesh D Madhu
Insurance Medical Officer, ESI Dispensary, Pathirappally, Alappuzha - 688 521, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ksj.ksj_38_22

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Introduction: Surgery for varicose veins was the treatment of choice before the advent of minimally invasive procedures. Aim: This study was done to compare the utility of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) as an effective alternative to surgery to treat varicose veins. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital between October 2019 and March 2021. One hundred and six patients with varicose veins of the long saphenous system were included in the study, 53 in the laser surgery group and 53 in the open surgery group. European Quality of life 5 dimensions questionnaire, the WHO VAS score and clinical aetiological, anatomical and pathological classification for varicose veins scores of the affected limb of the patients were recorded preoperatively and postoperatively at day 90. Data were statistically analysed using SPSS. Results: Patients treated by EVLA enjoyed a better quality of life than the ligation and stripping group. They experience significant reduction in the post-operative pain, the absence of wound infection and a significant reduction in the clinical severity scores. Conclusion: EVLA is a safer and effective means for treating varicose veins.

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