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Drs. Michael Singh, Eric Hager, and Ulka Sachdev each present from the 2015 Vascular Symposium. These experts focus their presentations on Non-thermal Ablation for Superficial Venous Reflux, Radiofrequency Ablation, and Foam Ablation of Varicose Veins.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the indications for perforating vein ablation which will increase healing rates of venous ulcers.
  • Increase understanding of the different modalities available for perforator ablation
  • Identify Indications for foam sclerotherapy

Reading Resources:

  1. Lawrence PF, Alktaifi A, Rigberg D, DeRubertis B, Gelabert H, Jimenez JC. Endovenous ablation of incompetent perforating veins is effective treatment for recalcitrant venous ulcers. J Vasc Surg. 2011;54(3):737-42.
  2. Kiguchi MM, Hager ES, Winger DG, Hirsch SA, Chaer RA, Dillavou ED. Factors that influence perforator thrombosis and predict healing with perforator sclerotherapy for venous ulceration without axial reflux. J Vasc Surg. 2014;59(5):1368-76.
  3. Gohel MS, Barwell JR, Taylor M, Chant T, Foy C, Earnshaw JJ, et al. Long term results of compression therapy alone versus compression plus surgery in chronic venous ulceration (ESCHAR): randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2007;335(7610):83.
  4. Harlander-Locke M, Lawrence PF, Alktaifi A, Jimenez JC, Rigberg D, DeRubertis B. The impact of ablation of incompetent superficial and perforator veins on ulcer healing rates. J Vasc Surg. 2012;55(2):458-64.


Drs. Hager and Sachdev have reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services

Dr. Singh has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Medtronic/Covidien

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1 contact hour.

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Release Date: 1/6/16 | Last Modified On: 1/6/16 | Expires: 1/6/17

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