​Extracorporeal shock waves as curative therapy for varicose veins? – (Fiorenzo Angehrn, Christoph Kuhn, Ortrud Sonnabend, Axel Voss)

In this prospective design study the effects of low-energy partially focused
extracorporeal generated shock waves (ESW) onto a subcutaneous located varicose vein – left
vena saphena magna (VSM) – are investigated. The treatment consisted of 4 ESW applications
within 21 days. The varicose VSM of both sides were removed by surgery, and samples analyzed
comparing the treated and untreated by means of histopathology.

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