Effects of eccentric compression by a crossed-tape technique after endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein: a randomized study

Phlebology. 2009 Aug;24(4):151-6. doi: 10.1258/phleb.2008.008045.


Objectives: To evaluate the effect of eccentric compression applied by a new crossed-tape technique on procedure-related pain occurrence after endovenous laser ablation (ELA) of the great saphenous vein (GSV).

Methods: From April 2005 to June 2006, 200 consecutive ELA procedures were randomized to receive (group A: 100) or not (group B: 100) an eccentric compression applied in the medial aspect of the thigh. Patients were scheduled for a seven-day examination to assess the level of pain experienced. Pain intensity was measured using a visual analogue scale giving a numerical grade from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain ever).

Results: The intensity of postoperative pain was significantly reduced (P < 0.001) in the eccentric compression group as compared with the non-compression one.

Conclusions: This technique of eccentric compression greatly reduces the intensity of postoperative pain after ELA of the GSV.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain, Postoperative / diagnosis
  • Saphenous Vein / physiopathology*
  • Stockings, Compression*
  • Thigh
  • Varicose Veins / therapy*
  • Venous Insufficiency / therapy*