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Endovenous Laser Treatment Resolves Varicose Veins

Over 94 percent resulted in closure by 13 months

FRIDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Endovenous laser treatment of incompetent great saphenous veins results in good morphological resolution a year after treatment, according to a report in the December issue of Dermatologic Surgery.

Chih-Hsun Yang, M.D., of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and colleagues performed an extended follow-up of 71 limbs with incompetent great saphenous veins in 50 patients treated with a Cooltouch endovenous laser device (made by Cooltouch, Inc. of Roseville, Calif.).

Treatment resulted in closure of 94 percent of the veins during a 13.1-month follow-up. Vein diameter shrunk progressively over this time, reaching the thickness of fibrotic cords by an average of 5.8 months.

"The endovenous 1,320-nm laser ablation procedures have excellent efficacy in treating incompetent great saphenous veins," the authors write. "This excellent shrinkage behavior may be the basis for nice long-term results of patients treated with 1,320-nm Cooltouch endovenous laser."

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