ISVD 2013

International Venous Course

The course provides all specialists a complete program on the current knowledge and management of venous disease: supercial vein disease, chronic venous obstruction, and deep vein thrombosis. The unique concept of the symposium is the exceptional interactivity through the live examination of patients with most types of venous pathologies in every session, as well as the clinical cases, the well-documented video presentations, and the live surgery sessions.

Focused Topics

  • Venous Evaluation and Imaging
  • Chronic Venous Disease
  • Saphenous Ablation and Sclerotherapy
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Thrombolysis and Venous Stenting
  • Compression and Ulcer Care

Meeting Attractions

  • Interactive discussion with live ultrasound imaging
  • Live surgery sessions
  • Clinical case presentations
  • Daily debates
  • Test your venous knowledge
  • Audience response system

Interactive Optional Workshops

Four optional workshops are available and participants can sign up for two or all four. Limited space will be available, so please sign up as early as possible. The workshops will include interactive case-based discussions on focused topics.

  • US imaging and phantom US guided access
  • Thermal and non thermal ablation techniques
  • Wound care
  • Cosmetic treatment of the small veins

Dimitrios Kontothanassis (Italy)
Nicos Labropoulos (USA)

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  • Aluigi Leonardo, Secretary of the Italian Society for Vascular Investigation SIDV-GIUV
    Ultrasound Center, Internal Medicine, A Maggiore Hospital – Bologna, Italy
  • Blebea John, Professor of Surgery Shepard Thompson Clingan Chairman; Department of Surgery University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa, USA
  • Caggiati Alberto, Department of Anatomy, Sapienza University of Rome – Rome, Italy
  • Camporese Giuseppe, Department  of Angiology, Padua Hospital – Padua, Italy
  • Elias Steve, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Director Vascular Surgery Vein Programs, Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center – New York, USA
  • Gasparis Antonios, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, Assistant Chief Medical Officer, Stony Brook University Medical Center – New York, USA
  • Grego Franco, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Padua – Padua, Italy
  • Kontothanassis Dimitrios, President of Italian Institute of Phlebology – Ferrara, Italy
  • Labropoulos Nicos, Professor of Surgery and Radiology, Director, Vascular Laboratory, Department of Surgery, Stony Brook University Medical Center – New York, USA
  • Palareti Gualtiero, Head Angiology & Blood Coagulation, University Hospital Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi – Bologna, Italy
  • Simioni Paolo, Department of Cardiologic, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, 2nd Chair of Internal Medicine University of Padua Medical School – Padua, Italy
  • Verlato Fabio, Department of Angiology, Padua Hospital – Padua, Italy
  • Visonà Adriana, President Italian Society for Angiology and Vascular Medicine, Director Department of Angiology Castelfranco Veneto Hospital – Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
  • Imberti Davide, Director Department of Internal Medicine, G. da Saliceto Hospital – Piacenza, Italy
  • Turchetta Stefano, Radiologist MediClinic – Pozzonovo, Italy
  • Scarpazza Ornella, Nurse, Department  of Angiology, Padua Hospital – Padua, Italy
  • Tonello Chiara, Nurse, Department  of Angiology, Padua Hospital – Padua, Italy

Friday September 20th, 2013

9:00-9:05 Welcome

Session 1

Moderators: Franco Grego (Padova), Adriana Visonà (Castelfranco Veneto)
9:05-9:15 Venous anatomy as applied in the clinical practice. Alberto Caggiati (Roma)
9:15-9:25 Explanation of the signs and symptoms in venous disease. Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
9:25-9:35 Use of IVUS and venography. Antonios Gasparis (USA)
9:35-9:45 Role of CTV and MRV imaging. Stefano Turchetta (MediClinic, Pozzonovo)
9:45-10:20 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. Alberto Caggiati (Roma) , Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
10:20-10:40 Coffee break

Session 2

Moderators: Leonardo Aluigi (Bologna), Fabio Verlato (Padova)
10:40-10:50 New insights in vein thrombosis as related to treatment. Adriana Visonà (Castelfranco Veneto)
10:50-11:00 Best strategies for prevention of venous thrombosis. John Blebea (USA)
11:00-11:10 Management of superficial vein thrombosis. Gualtiero Palareti (Bologna)
11:10-11:20 What are the remaining controversies in the treatment of DVT? Davide Imberti (Piacenza)
11:20-12:00 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. Leonardo Aluigi (Bologna), Nicos Labropoulos (USA), Fabio Verlato (Padova)
12:00-13:45 Live surgery (thermal, chemical, chemical-mechanical ablation) – Moderators: Franco Grego (Padova), Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
Live surgery. Steve Elias (USA), Antonios Gasparis (USA), Dimitrios Kontothanassis (MediClinic Pozzonovo)
13:45-15:00 Lunch

Session 3

Moderators: Pier Luigi Antignani (Roma), Giuseppe Camporese (Padova)
15:00-15:10 Patterns of superficial vein reflux. Steve Elias (USA)
15:10-15:20 Recurrent vein reflux. Dimitrios Kontothanassis (MediClinic Pozzonovo)
15:20-15:30 Imaging of pelvic vein reflux. Antonios Gasparis (USA)
15:30-16:00 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. Steve Elias (USA), Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
16:00-16:20 Coffee break
16:20-17:00 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. Steve Elias (USA)


Moderators: John Blebea (USA), Steve Elias (USA), Antonios Gasparis (USA), Dimitrios Kontothanassis (MediClinic Pozzonovo), Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
17:00-18:30 Workshop 1: US imaging and phantom US guided access
17:00-18:30 Workshop 2: thermal and non thermal ablation techniques
17:00-18:30 Workshop 3: wound care
17:00-18:30 Workshop 4: cosmetic treatment of the small veins


Saturday September 21st, 2013

Session 4

Moderators: John Blebea (USA), Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
9:00-9:10 Inflammation in venous disease. Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
9:10-9:20 Role of venotonic drugs in venous disease. Giuseppe Camporese (Padova)
9:20-9:30 Use of compression in chronic venous disease. Dimitrios Kontothanassis (MediClinic Pozzonovo)
9:30-9:40 Differential diagnosis of the swollen lower extremity. John Blebea (USA)
9:40-9:50 Treatment of lymphedema. Pier Luigi Antignani (Roma)
9:50-10:00 Impact of local ulcer care. John Blebea (USA)
10:00-11:00 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. John Blebea (USA), Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
11:00-11:20 Coffee break

Session 5

Moderators: Pier Luigi Antignani (Roma), Giuseppe Camporese (Padova)
11:20-11:30 How thrombophilia testing should be used? Paolo Simioni (Padova)
11:30-11:40 Role of compression on the management of venous thrombosis. Nicos Labropoulos (USA)
11:40-11:50 Management of venous thrombosis in pregnancy. John Blebea (USA)
11:50-12:00 Optimal duration of anticoagulation when treating venous thrombosis? Paolo Simioni (Padova)
12:00-12:10 Use of new oral anticoagulants for treating deep vein thrombosis. Giuseppe Camporese (Padova)
12:10-12:20 Pharmacomechanical thrombolysis. Antonios Gasparis (USA)
12:20-13:00 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. Giuseppe Camporese (Padova), Nicos Labropoulos (USA).
13:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 6

Moderators: Leonardo Aluigi (Bologna), Antonios Gasparis (USA)
14:00-14:10 How to treat reticular and spider veins. Steve Elias (USA)
14:10-14:20 Management of combined superficial and deep vein disease. Antonios Gasparis (USA)
14:20-14:30 Non-thermal saphenous vein ablation. Steve Elias (USA)
14:30-14:40 Treatment of venous malformations. Stefano Turchetta (MediClinic Pozzonovo)
14:40-15:20 Discussion, clinical case presentation and live imaging. Antonios Gasparis (USA), Nicos Labropoulos (USA)

Workshops for nurses

Moderators: Claudia Rebagliati (Padova), Ornella Scarpazza (Padova), Chiara Tonello (Padova)
15.30-17:00 Workshop 1: wound care and compression
15:30-17:00 Workshop 2: Lymphedema (presso therapy, vodder, kneipp, vascular excercise)

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