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Quality of life after surgery for varicose veins and the impact of preoperative duplex: results based on a randomized trial
Department of Surgery, Capio St. Göran's Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4222-6721
Department of Surgery, Capio St. Göran's Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
2006 (English)In: Annals of Vascular Surgery, ISSN 0890-5096, E-ISSN 1615-5947, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 30-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In a prospective randomized study, we found that the addition of a preoperative duplex scan before varicose vein (VV) surgery reduced recurrences and reoperations after 2 years. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether this correlates with an improved quality of life (QoL). We studied 293 patients scheduled for VV surgery with or without preoperative duplex. QoL was assessed preoperatively at 1 month, 1 year, and 2 years with the Short Form-36 (SF-36). Scores were compared with matched reference groups from the Swedish population. The 237 complete responders (81%) had a mean age of 47 (range 22-73) years, 169 (71%) were women, and 43 (18%) had skin changes. Both groups of VV patients scored significantly worse than the reference group in the domain Bodily Pain preoperatively (p < 0.001) and better after 1 year (p = 0.04), with no difference found after 2 years. There was no significant difference in QoL between the duplex and control groups at any time. We conclude that preoperative duplex before VV surgery did not significantly improve QoL after 2 years in spite of improved surgical results. VV surgery per se improved QoL as measured with the SF-36.

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Elsevier, 2006. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 30-34
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-78164DOI: 10.1007/s10016-005-9285-zISI: 000234299700006PubMedID: 16378147Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-29744445932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-78164DiVA, id: diva2:1373239
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