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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 8532149, 6 pages
Research Article

Effects of Two Current Great Saphenous Vein Thermal Ablation Methods on Visual Analog Scale and Quality of Life

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Yeditepe University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Soner Sanioglu; moc.liamg@ulgoinas

Received 18 April 2017; Accepted 17 September 2017; Published 16 November 2017

Academic Editor: Nikolaos Siafakas

Copyright © 2017 Soner Sanioglu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The aim of the study is to compare the current two endovenous thermal ablation methods by examining the effects on the visual analog scale (VAS) and the short form-36® quality of life index. Methods. Ninety-six patients who underwent unilateral endovenous thermal ablation of great saphenous vein were included. ClosureFast™ catheters were used in the RFA group and 1470 nm radial fiber laser catheters were used in the EVLA group. Results. The RFA group consisted of 41 patients and the EVLA group consisted of 55 patients. The preoperative baseline characteristics of both groups were similar. On the day of operation, VAS values were in the RFA group and in the EVLA group (). Comparisons of short form-36 parameters in both groups showed them to be similar except the pain detected at postoperative 1st week ( for RFA, for EVLA, ). Conclusion. Results in postprocedural quality of life were found to be similar in both of the techniques. However, in terms of postoperative pain, radiofrequency ablation is still superior to the 1470 nm radial fiber laser catheters.