Complications of Saphenous Surgical Intervention and How to Avoid Them [CME] (CONG2014-19)

This course includes the following:

 Patient Characteristics: Who Develops Complications?
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM

High Ligation and Saphenectomy: What are the Complications?
Lowell Kabnick, MD, FACS, FACPh, RPhS

Post-Thermal Ablation Neuropathy: Innervation Review, Risk Factors and How to Manage the Damage
Marlin Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FACPh

Post-Ablation Dermal Thermal Injury: Risk Factors and Management of the Unexpected Burn
Marlin Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FACPh

The Role of Prophylactic Anticoagulation
Julianne Stoughton, MD, FACS

Lowell Kabnick, MD, FACS, FACPh, RPhS

Post-Ablation Superficial Thrombophlebitis: Risk Factors and Management
Neil Khilnani, MD, FACPh

Case Presentations of Unusual Complications
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVM

Question and Answer
All Faculty


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Target Audience

The content of this activity is designed to meet the needs of the following target audience:  phlebologists, general surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine practitioners, dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, family practice and internal medicine practitioners, plastic surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists, cardiologists, and any other healthcare professional currently or planning on treating patients with venous disease.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this activity the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify patient characteristics that make them at risk for developing complications after saphenous surgical interventions.
  2. Define the complications associated with high ligation and stripping of the saphenous vein.
  3. Outline appropriate management strategies for neurologic complications following saphenous thermal ablation.
  4. Outline appropriate management strategies and preventive measures for dermal injury following saphenous thermal ablation.
  5. Describe the role of prophylactic anticoagulation in saphenous surgical intervention.
  6. Recognize and differentiate the entities of deep venous thrombosis and endovenous heat induced thrombosis.
  7. Identify and outline appropriate management strategies for post ablation superficial thrombophlebitis.
  8. Recognize and discuss the presentations of unusual complications following saphenous vein treatments.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Carl Black, MDContent ReviewerNonen/a
Catherine Burdge, APRNContent ReviewerNonen/a
Yung-Wei Chi, DO, FAHA, FSVMPlanner; SpeakerNonen/a
Paula Heggerick, BS, RVT, RDMS, RPhS, FSVUContent ReviewerNonen/a
Lowell Kabnick, MD, FACS, FACPh, RPhSSpeaker



Vascular Insights



Consultant; Advisory Board; Speaker; Stockholder

Consultant; Advisory Board; Stockholder

Consultant; Advisory Board; Stockholder



Neil Khilnani, MD, FACPhSpeakerSapheonConsultant
Michelle McEvoy, RN, MSN/EdContent ReviewerNonen/a
Stephen H. MossStaffNonen/a
Marlin Schul, MD, MBA, RVT, FACPhSpeaker


Vein Directory



Daiichi Sankyo


Investigator; Speaker






Sherry Scovell-Fitch, MDContent ReviewerNonen/a
Saundra Spruiell, DO, FACPh, RPVIPlannerNonen/a
Sonja Stiller-Martin, MDContent ReviewerNonen/a
Julianne Stoughton, MD, FACSModerator; SpeakerVascular InsightsSpeaker
Mary Emily Wilcox Cummings, MDContent ReviewerNonen/a
Robert Worthington-Kirsch, MD, FSIR, FCIRSE, FACPh, RVT, RPVIContent ReivewerNonen/a



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Review & Recertification

This course was reviewed and recertified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM in January 2017.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance


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