A survey of the literature on the long-term results of surgical treatment for varicose veins is given. The recurrence of varicose veins after operative treatment is shown to result from inadequate surgical technique and other causes. Vascular-morphological data indicating possible deterioration of long-term results if not considered sufficiently are presented. The main requirements for good long-term results are (1) adequate diagnosis and (2) meticulous surgical technique.
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