Research recommendation(s) from an individual piece of guidance
- Varicose veins: diagnosis and management
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Research recommendations coming out of this guidance
Natural history of varicose veins:- In people with varicose veins at CEAP (Clinical, etiological, anatomical and pathophysiological) stage C2 or C3, what are the factors that influence progression of the disease to CEAP stages C5 or C6?
Compression as a management option:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of compression hosiery versus no compression for the management of symptomatic varicose veins?
Compression after interventional treatment:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of compression bandaging or hosiery after interventional treatment for varicose veins compared with no compression? If there is benefit, how long should compression bandaging or hosiery be worn for?
Truncal treatment with or without concurrent tributary treatment:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of concurrent phlebectomies or foam sclerotherapy for varicose tributaries during truncal endothermal ablation for varicose veins compared with:
- truncal endothermal ablation without concurrent phlebectomies or foam sclerotherapy?
- truncal endothermal ablation with phlebectomies or foam sclerotherapy, if needed, 6–12 weeks later?
Optimal interventional and conservative treatments at different stages of disease:- What is the optimal treatment (compression, surgery, endothermal ablation or foam sclerotherapy) for varicose veins at each of the CEAP stages, that is CEAP stages 2–3, CEAP stage 4 and CEAP stages 5–6?