ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Evaluation of quality of life after minimally invasive varicose vein treatment
Pelin Tuncer Çoban1, Elif Dirimeşe2
1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Tunceli State Hospital, Tunceli, Turkey
2Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bulent Ecevit University, Zonguldak, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2019.16867
Background: This cross-sectional study aims to evaluate the changes in quality of life after minimally invasive procedures in patients with varicose veins.

Methods: The study included 150 patients (58 males, 92 females; mean age 47.1±12.0; range, 19 to 80 years) with varicose veins who were treated using minimally invasive techniques. Data were collected using patient information forms and the Venous Insufficiency Epidemiological and Economic Study-Quality of life/Symptoms questionnaire. Before the minimally invasive procedures, patients were informed about varicose veins and medical approaches for relief. They were also provided information about the use of compression stockings. Varicose vein symptoms and quality of life were evaluated before the minimally invasive procedures and four weeks following the last operation.

Results: Females, individuals aged between 51-60 years, those with Body Mass Index >30, or having had a pregnancy had higher prevalence of variceal disease and lower quality of life. Clinical severity of the disease decreased and the quality of life improved in patients treated with minimally invasive procedures. After treatment, 45.33% of patients put on compression stockings regularly for one month.

Conclusion: After minimally invasive treatment, severe disease symptoms decreased and quality of life increased in patients with varicose veins. Lifestyle modifications, use of compression stockings, and roles of nurses and healthcare workers are significant in maintaining healthy veins.

Keywords : Compression stockings; nursing care; quality of life; varicose veins; venous insufficiency
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