A comparison of three tumescent delivery systems in endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein

Altin F. H., Kutas B., Gunes T., Aydin S., Eygi B.

VASCULAR, vol.21, no.6, pp.375-379, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1708538112473972
  • Journal Name: VASCULAR
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.375-379
  • Keywords: endovenous laser ablation, tumescent solution, peristaltic infiltration pump, infiltrating bag system, VARICOSE-VEINS, PREVALENCE
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Different systems for delivering tumescent solution exist in endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). This study evaluated three different tumescent delivery systems in patients with primary varicose veins due to great saphenous vein reflux who were treated with EVLA. In this prospective non-randomized study, 60 patients with isolated GSV varicose veins were divided into three groups. All patients received EVLA treatment. Three different tumescent solution delivery systems were used. Systems consisted of a needle and a syringe in Group 1, a needle connected to an infusion bag system in Group 2 and a peristaltic infiltration pump in Group 3. Tumescent delivery durations were in Group 1: 6.56 SD 1.18 minutes, Group 2: 6.05 SD 2.19 minutes and Group 3: 5.19 SD 1.15 minutes (P = 0.014). In the outcomes of the study there were no significant difference between groups. Although peristaltic pump systems might provide shorter tumescent delivery durations without hand fatigue, shorter duration does not have any practical importance (about 1 minute and also it is not cost-effective. For delivering tumescent solutions in EVLA procedures, there was no major superiority between systems.