Original Research

Pain is a Limiting Factor in Patients Suitable for Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy

Alexander Kantarovsky, Dmitri Vinogradski, Evgenia Mankowitsch, and Itamar Ashkenazi


Objectives: To analyze, perioperatively and in follow-up, transilluminated powered phlebectomy (TIPP), a surgical technique for the treatment of varicose veins. Method: Retrospective study in one medical institution of patients undergoing TIPP between July 2015 and December 2017. Data analyzed included demographic data, surgery, and results. Postoperatively, pain was evaluated by a 10-point visual analogue scale. The Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS) was assessed 5–8 weeks following surgery. Results: Sixty-six patients with extensive varicosities who underwent TIPP were included. Postoperative pain scores were higher in patients undergoing bilateral compared to unilateral TIPP (visual analogue score 7 versus 5; P=0.031). Following surgery, the VCSS improved in 81.8% (54/66) of the patients. However, 39.7% (25/63; data missing in 3 patients) reported that they would not be willing to undergo a similar procedure in the future. Pain was the most common reason for dissatisfaction. Conclusions: Transilluminated powered phlebectomy was associated with considerable pain and discom¬fort in many patients included in this study. For this reason, it should be reserved for a select group of patients in whom other treatment options are limited; TIPP could be considered in the following cases: patients with a large number of varicosities, reoperations, after extensive thrombophlebitis, obesity, or following bariatric surgery.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2019;10(4):e0023