Evid Based Nurs 7:113 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.4.113
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Superficial venous surgery plus compression reduced ulcer recurrence in chronic venous leg ulceration

 Q In patients with chronic venous leg ulceration, is superficial venous surgery plus compression more effective than compression alone for improving healing and reducing recurrence of ulcers?



randomised controlled trial.





GraphicFollow up period:

median follow up was 14 months (range 10–23 mo), comprising time from randomisation to healing (for patients with open ulcers) and from healing to recurrence or 12 months.


3 leg ulcer clinics in Gloucestershire and north Bristol, UK.


500 patients (58% women) who had open venous ulceration (68% of patients) or recently healed (⩽6 mo) venous ulceration (32% of patients) between the knee and malleoli for >4 weeks, ankle brachial pressure index >0.85, and superficial venous reflux alone or mixed …

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