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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-102

Postoperative outcomes of microphlebectomy and Trendelenburg operation with stripping for saphenofemoral junction incompetence


1 Department of General Surgery, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India
2 Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India

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Siddartha Gowthaman
Department of General Surgery, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry - 607 402
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/fjs.fjs_94_20

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Background: With more than 10 million cases occurring annually in India, varicose veins can sometimes result in severe discomfort and pain besides disfiguration of skin. The objective of the study was to assess the most viable treatment options for varicose veins between the traditional Trendelenburg procedure and microphlebectomy. Methods: This was an interventional study conducted at a tertiary center in South India. Patients above 18 years of age, presenting with varicose veins due to saphenofemoral junction (SFJ) incompetence and scheduled for surgical management, were included in a sample size of 46. Subjects were randomized into two groups – Group 1 underwent micro phlebectomy and Group 2 underwent Trendelenburg operation with stripping of great saphenous vein (GSV). Postoperative pain was assessed on day of surgery, day after, and postoperative day 7. A venous Doppler ultrasound was conducted 6 weeks after the surgical procedure, to look for reflux at SFJ. Results: Group 1 subjects reported lesser immediate postoperative pain and incurred significantly less cost as determined by an independent sample t-test. Chi-square test found no significant difference in the rate of occurrence of local complications (P > 0.05), and no recurrence was noted among both groups. Conclusion: Microphlebectomy is a more feasible treatment option than Trendelenburg operation with GSV stripping on account of lower costs. It is also a patient friendly alternative due to immediate reduction in pain.


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