In recent years modifications and refinements in treating varicose veins by injecting a sclerosant have given this method an important place in the practitioner's armamentarium. Specific indications and precise technique are essential. Compression-sclerotherapy has been used since 1975 in the vein clinic of Belleville General Hospital, Belleville, Ont. Some patients have also required limited ligation of veins that were deeper or more proximal, or both. A follow-up study of patients 2 or more years after treatment revealed no major complications and a high rate of patient acceptance and satisfaction. The costs of treatment were about one tenth those of conventional inpatient surgery.
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