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Hands-On Workshops

Mini Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy and Surface Sclerotherapy

During this session attendees will use phantom models some with ultrasound to learn and become comfortable with different methods of vein access for sclerotherapy. Treatment plans according to the size and location of the veins will be discussed. Pre and post treatment protocols will be reviewed. All vein treatment with injection sclerotherapy will be discussed and hands-on practice will be available for attendees. Unique sclerotherapy models will be available to perform surface sclerotherapy.


In addition there will be phlebectomy models for hands-on training. Simulation models will be used to perform mini-phlebectomy incisions and using hooks simulation of removal of vasricosities will be performed.

Endovenous Ablation

During this session leg phantom models will be used to review technical steps of endovenous ablation. Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain vein access, sheath placement, catheter advancement and positioning. Different endovenous technologies will be discussed for saphenous ablation including laser and radiofrequency. Technical tips to overcome challenging venous anatomy will be discussed. Indication, limitation and complications will be reviewed.


MONDAY - During this workshop, attendees will be guided through a diagnostic venous duplex examination on live models. The workshop focus will include ultrasound diagnostic techniques, ultrasound identification of the deep and superficial compartments, and perforators. Ultrasound ergomonics will also be discussed. This hands on session is intended for individuals with limited ultrasound skills. Attendees will have "hands-on" opportunity to use the ultrasound device on live models.


THURSDAY- During this ultrasound workshop, attendees will be guided through a diagnostic venous duplex examination on live models. The workshop focus will be on demonstrating reflux provoking maneuvers, the pitfalls in duplex diagnosis, and venous hemodynamics. This hands-on session is intended for individuals interested in venous reflux detection and the variations in ultrasound techniques.

Compression Therapy

During this workshop attendees will have hands-on experiences with applying different compression devices (multi-component bandages, self-adjustable Velcro-band devices and compression stockings) on their own legs. Interface pressure measurements will help to understand the physical property and the different mode of action of each device and to enable the attendees to perform proper compression, adjusted to various indications (chronic edema and lymphedema, leg ulcers, deep vein thrombosis and postthrombotic syndrome, compression after varicose vein procedures).

Pharmacomechanical Thrombolysis

Using flow models under fluoroscopic guidance, the attendee will go through the steps of performing pharmacomechanical thrombolysis. Indications and timing for thrombolysis will be discussed. Indications and techniques for venous stenting will be reviewed. Advantages and disadvantages of available devises will be reviewed.

IVC Filter Placement and Retrieval

Attendees during this session will have hands-on experience with placement of IVC filter from the femoral approach. Using simulation models, attendees will obtain catherter access into the IVC, select appropriate position for filter placement and deploy IVC filter. Indications for IVC filter placement will be discussed. Using the simulation model attendees will also have the opportunity to retrieve an IVC filter. Technical tips for successful retrieval will be discussed.

Pelvic Vein Embolization

During the workshop attendees will use a flow model to perform an ovarian vein embolization. Technical steps of vein access and techniques for embolization will be discussed. Indications and complications will be reviewed. Using fluoroscopic guidance steps for ovarian vein selective catheterization and coil embolization will be performed.


During this workshop attendees will use an anatomic model to perform IVUS and identify anatomic structures and pathologic lesions. Simulation models will help attendees become comfortable identifying venous anatomy from the hepatic veins to the femoral veins. Attendees will learn to use IVUS to make measurements, identify areas of stenosis and recognize compression versus thrombus. Attendees will also become familiar with using IVUS to determine location and sizing of stents in the venous system.