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J Korean Surg Soc. 2004 Dec;67(6):472-475. Korean. Original Article.
Han SY , Cho JW , Kim BC , Sohn TK , Chung BW , Chung KS , Chung CM .
Department of Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy and safety of endoscopic resection and ablation of superficial varicose vein using a powered vein resector and irrigated illuminator. METHODS: Forty-three limbs in 29 patients were involved in our hospital study. The clinical records between August 2002 and February 2004 were reviewed. All patients were treated with a minimally invasive, powered vein resecting device, using cutaneous transillumination and tumescent fluid under general or spinal anesthesia. RESULTS: The 29 varicose vein patients were composed, (19 men (65.5%) and 10 women (34.5%), with a mean age of 56.9 years. The most common symptom or sign of varicose vein was an unsightly vein (15 patients, 51.7%). Fifteen unilateral (5: right, 10: left) and 14 bilateral operation for varicose veins were performed. The mean operative time, number of skin incisions and length of hospital stay were 34.2 minutes, (ranging from 26 to 58, 3.2 sites, (ranging form 2 to 6) and 3.3 days, (ranging from 2 to 6). Postoperative complications occurred in 12 limbs (27.9%), including skin perforation (1 limb, 2.3%), wound abscess (1 limb, 2.3%), cellulitis (1 limb, 2.3%), lower limb pain (4 limbs, 9.3%), edema (2 limbs, 4.7%), hematoma (1 limb, 2.3%), remaining varicose vein (1 limb, 2.3%) and paresthesia (1 limb, 2.3%). CONCLUSION: This study showed that the TIPP (TriVexTM) technique for varicose vein removal was swift and efficacious. When performed by trained surgeons the complication rates of the technique were comparable with those of conventional surgery, with the advantages of a trend toward reduced operating times in extensive varicose vein, and significantly fewer incisions.

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