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October 1996

Ambulatory Phlebectomy: A Practical Guide for Treating Varicose Veins

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Dallas, Tex

Arch Dermatol. 1996;132(10):1262. doi:10.1001/archderm.1996.03890340128036

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Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure in which diseased venous segments are removed through a series of micropunctures or microincisions with a surgical hook and local anesthesia. During the past decade, this procedure has become an increasingly widespread alternative to sclerotherapy or conventional surgical treatment of varicose veins, particularly in Europe, where many technical variations have been introduced. Although the procedure is attracting interest among North American phlebologists, it is not yet widely practiced on this continent. Until now, the English literature has contained only 1 volume on ambulatory phlebectomy, published by myself and Jacques Dortu in 1993. Therefore, Ambulatory Phlebectomy: A Practical Guide for Treating Varicose Veins is a most welcome addition to the literature. This volume not only fills an obvious informational gap, but does so with clarity, authoritativeness, and style.

The book represents a highly successful collaboration between 2 European phlebologists, Stefano Ricci and Mihael Georgiev, and

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