1Meshael Alreshidi, 2Alshammari, Amirah Eid S, 2Mohammad Altraifi, 2Aljoharah Alwajaan, 2Nouf Alghris, 2Elaf Altebainawi, 2Afnan Alshammari, 2Saleh Alammari, 3Ibrahim Alrashidi
1King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 2University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia; 3, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Chronic venous insufficiency is a common medical condition in Saudi Arabia. Interventional radiology provides various minimally invasive treatment options for this condition. The aim of this study was to evaluate the awareness of these treatment options in the Saudi population.
Material(s) and Method(s):
A self-administered online survey was distributed randomly via social media channels between June and July 2020. A total of 832 responses were received. Two experienced consultants reviewed the survey results
Analysis of the participants’ knowledge regarding interventional radiology treatment options for chronic venous insufficiency showed that 6.9% had heard of cyanoacrylate embolization, 15.5% knew about radiofrequency ablation therapy, 36.8% knew about endovenous laser ablation, and 37.5% knew about sclerotherapy. A total of 84 participants (10.1%) had a history of chronic venous insufficiency. Among the participants with chronic venous insufficiency, 25% confirmed that their treating doctor had discussed interventional radiology treatment options with them, while 75% denied this.
The results of this study indicate the need
for an awareness program regarding the role of interventional radiology in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency.