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.