Cryosurgery of varicose veins

J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1994 Jan;20(1):56-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1994.tb03750.x.


Background: It is impossible to treat all varicose veins employing the same method. Cryosurgery offers a new modality for the detraction of the long and short saphenous vein deletion.

Objective: To describe the technique, its indications, potential complications, and cosmetic results.

Methods: We followed 800 patients over 6 years. The study allows evaluation of the results of and the best indications for this method. With a follow up of five years, we have analyzed: 1) the immediate complications, and 2) middle-term results.

Results: The results of cryosurgery of varicose veins were generally comparable to those obtained using classical surgery (stripping).

Conclusion: Cryosurgery of varicose veins is a fast and safe method for selected varicose disorders, exhibiting good cosmetic results.

MeSH terms

  • Cryosurgery* / adverse effects
  • Cryosurgery* / instrumentation
  • Cryosurgery* / methods
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Humans
  • Pain / etiology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Varicose Veins / surgery*