The National Congress of the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology and Lymphology was held in San Sebastian on April 20th and 21st, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of its creation. It was an emotional meeting, since it was in that city where the Chapter was created, with the aim that some professionals within the Spanish Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery work more directly for the benefit of this part of our specialty.

The Congress was attended by more than 130 participants and discussed various topics such as: endovascular treatment of varicose veins, diagnosis and assessment of pelvic congestion syndrome, role of EchoDoppler in Venous Pathology, basic research in Chronic Venous Disease.

[box type=”bio”] Dr. Luis Leiva (MEDIVAS) presented at the 25th Congress of the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology and Lymphology the first case of ovarian embolization with the EOS device, thus reducing the usual radioscopy time. Pelvic congestion syndrome, secondary to the presence of periuterine varicose veins, can be a very limiting condition for many women. Its diagnosis, based on Echo-Doppler and AngioCT/AngioMRI, allows differentiation between insufficient conditions (generally of the ovarian vein) and occlusive conditions (such as May Thurner’s Sdme and Nut Cracker’s Sdme).


In addition, various formats were organized, such as round tables, pro-con face-to-face, colloquium tables, posters, oral communications, etc.

[box type=”bio”] Dr. Juan Carlos Fletes (MEDIVAS) presented a case of posterior tibial vein aneurysm at the 25th Congress of the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology and Lymphology. To date the cases described in the medical literature are counted by hand, and the one presented by Dr. Fletes, is the first treated endovascularly without incisions. Coil embolization and microfoam sclerotherapy were combined.

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Two foreign guest speakers were also present: Dr. Armando Mansilha, vice-president of the Portuguese Society of Angiology and Vascular Surgery, who spoke about Venous Thrombosis and Thrombophilia; and Dr. Attilio Cavezzi, vice-president of the IUP (International Union of Phlebology), who talked about his experience in Sclerotherapy with Microfoam.

[box type=”bio”] Dr. A. Arroyo, together with Drs. R. Rial, D. Ballesteros and J. Marinel.lo, as members of the Scientific Committee, have been in charge of evaluating and awarding the papers presented at the 25th Congress of the Spanish Chapter of Phlebology and Lymphology, held in San Sebastian. Dr. Arroyo has also been a speaker at two round tables, highlighting his participation in the debate on the latest surgical techniques in varicose veins. The latest technical contributions may make it possible to treat truncal varicose veins outside the usual surgical setting.