04. From Sclerotherapy and Ablation Surgery to Phlebotherapy (TRAP): key concepts
Varicose veins that are visible to the naked eye, on transillumination or by means of near-infrared reflection and absorption techniques, constitute only the effect of varicose disease. To cure varicose disease, we have to treat the cause; this can only be done by regenerating the vessel walls. Regeneration means restoration of the altered vascular structure and function.
Current sclerotherapy treatments, phlebectomy and functional ligature are irrational because they are two-dimensional techniques which act on the effect of the disease, not on its cause. Such treatments, which are not free from side-effects, destroy the normal anatomy of the veins and cannot achieve the desired result: the disappearance of all the visible veins and the functional recovery of the venous circulation.