Charing Cross Vascular symposium – April 2012
The annual Charing Cross vascular symposium was held in London this April.
On Monday 16th of April, an excellent office-based vein surgery teaching area was full of experts giving lectures and practical tips to delegates.
There were stations on endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and foam sclerotherapy as well has some of the new techniques including steam vein sclerosis (SVS), Sapheon Glue and Clarivein.
In addition, experts were on hand to demonstrate duplex ultrasonography, particularly difficult areas such as pelvic vein and vulval vein diagnosis and treatment. There was also a teaching area for the treatment of perforator veins using the transluminal occlusion of perforator technique (TRLOP).
On Tuesday 17 April, the venous sessions in the main auditorium consisted of experts discussing different vein surgery techniques, punctuated by debates on contentious issues.
Debate results of note include the majority of delegates voting for ablation of the venous trunk in treating veins and rejecting the idea popularised by CHIVA of saving and incompetent venous trunk; Lowell Kabnick of New York who successfully persuaded the delegates that tumescent anaesthesia is still essential for office based vein surgery and Barrie Price of The Whiteley Clinic who won his debate explaining why incompetent perforating veins should be treated, despite current practice suggesting that most doctors do not do so.
With a great many other fascinating talks and new technologies on show, it was a memorable meeting which will have ramifications throughout the vein world as to how our patients should be treated and by what methods.