• Forty-seven extremities with recurrent venous ulceration were treated by subfascial ligation of incompetent perforating veins. The limbs were observed for an average of 8.5 years (range, 0.5 to 13 years). The risk for recurrence was 22%, 41%, and 51% at 1,3, and 5 years, respectively. Patients with bilateral ulceration or prior venous ligation were at the highest risk for recurrence, while those with prior excision of prominent varicose veins had a reduced risk. There has been no loss of limbs or life secondary to this venous problem during the 398 cumulative years of observation.
(Arch Surg 1985;120:797-800)