Aim. The intermediate-term efficacy of angioscopy-assisted anterior valve sinus plication for primary deep venous insufficiency was evaluated. Methods. Twelve limbs in 11 patients had class 4 or higher disease on the SVS/ISCVS classification. Descending venography revealed grade-3 or 4-reflux in all limbs. The limbs were treated with angioscopy-assisted anterior valve sinus plication of the highest valve of the superficial femoral vein. Clinical evaluation and air plethysmography were performed at the final follow-up. Results. The mean follow-up was 38.4 months with a range of 24 to 48 months. Postoperative descending venography revealed significant improvement of the reflux of the superficial femoral vein. At the final follow-up, all patients reported relief of subjective symptoms. The ulcers healed and did not recur in the single limb with class-6 disease, the ulcers did not recur in four class-5 limbs, and there was a distinct clinical improvement with resolution of skin changes in the seven class-4 limbs. The venous filling index measured by air plethysmography was in a normal range in 8 of the 12 limbs. Conclusions. Angioscopy-assisted anterior valve sinus plication may be a surgical technique that results in intermediate-term clinical and hemodynamic improvement in patients with primary deep venous insufficiency.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 02-2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine