Comparison of stripping/ligation and embolization with cyanoacrylate in venous insufficiency treatment



Venous insufficiency, Stripping and ligation, Endovenous ablation with Cyanoacrylate, Short Form-36 quality of life questionnaire


Aim: Stripping/ligation (S/L) is the gold standard method used in the treatment of varicose veins. Saphenous vein ablation with cyanoacrylate (CA) is a new minimally invasive treatment method that forces this throne. Our aim is to compare these two methods in terms of patient satisfaction.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, voluntary patients who had superficial venous insufficiency and varicose vein were divided into two groups as S/L and CA. CEAP (Clinical-Etiologic-Anatomic-Pathophysiologic-clinical score) and VAS (Visual Analogue Scale ) were evaluated on the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 14th, 30th postoperative days and at the outpatient follow-up visits 1 year later. SF-36 (Short Form-36) questionnaire was applied at the first month. VCSS (Venous Clinical Severity Score) of patients were compared at 6 months after surgery. Control, color doppler ultrasonography was performed on patients with recurrent varicose veins or those who were symptomatic. SPSS 22.0 program was used for data analysis.
Results: The preoperative and postoperative VCSS scores were lower in the CA group than in the S/L group (P<0.001). In both groups, postoperative VCSS score was lower compared to preoperative conditions (P<0.001). The VAS score of S/L group was higher than the CA group, during anesthesia, on the 1st, and 3rd postoperative days (P<0.001). However, during the procedure, on the 7th (P<0.001) and 14th days (P=0.033), VAS scores were lower in the S/L group than the CA group. In short form -36, viability score was better in the S/L group (P<0.001). CA group scored higher in the other parameters (such as physical functioning, role limitations, bodily pain, general mental health, social functioning, role limitations due to emotional problems and general health perceptions) (P˂0.001 for all).
Conclusion: Although the S/L method is the gold standard for varicose vein treatment, saphenous vein ablation with CA scored higher in terms of patient satisfaction.


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Güven C, Baykan A. Comparison of stripping/ligation and embolization with cyanoacrylate in venous insufficiency treatment. J Surg Med [Internet]. 2020 May 1 [cited 2024 Jun. 22];4(5):400-5. Available from: