Treatment of foot varicose veins: A study of 119 consecutive patients

Luiz Fernando Albernaz, Daiane Taís Schlindwein Albernaz, Fernanda Rita Machado Zignani, Yung-wei Chi

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Objective: To analyze the outcomes of 119 (188 feet) patients undergoing foot varicose vein phlebectomy with and without sclerotherapy between 2013 and 2015. Methods: Legs and feet were treated in one single procedure. Clinical and ultrasound assessments were carried out at 7, 30, and 90 days for visualization of the sapheno-femoral and sapheno-popliteal junctions and the deep vein system. Results: Mean age was 50 ± 12 years (25–79 years); 67 patients were female (56.3%). Median venous clinical severity score was 4 (range 2–5) before and 1 (range 0–2) at 90 days (p < 0.001). Edema and transient paresthesia were the most frequent complications (13 (10.92%) and 11 (9.24%) patients, respectively). All complications were resolved at 90 days except one case of edema (resolved after 150 days with compression stockings and lymphatic drainage manual therapy). Conclusions: Symptomatic foot varicose vein intervention was safe and effective. Further studies should focus on assessment of vein-specific quality of life questionnaires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017


  • foot/blood supply
  • lower extremity
  • phlebectomy
  • Varicose vein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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