Dear colleagues and friends!
On behalf of the Baltic Society of Phlebology I have the honor to welcome you in Riga for the 10th International Master Course of Phlebology. The theme of this event is current endovascular technologies in treatment of venous diseases. The key factor in the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency is how successful and atraumatic we are in the treatment of axial reflux in the saphenous veins and side branches. In recent years significant progress has been achieved in endovascular therapy. Methods have become less traumatic and less painful, and we can carry out the treatment without the use of compression therapy. This has made a significant impact on our treatment strategy. In particular, on the treatment of patients during the summer period and hot weather spells. We are delighted to welcome here Dr. Nick Morrison (USA), President-Elect of the International Union of Phlebology, Past-President of the American College of Phlebology, Chairman of the American College of Phlebology Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of Phlebology Forum. Each event participant will have the unique opportunity to learn from him. I would also like to point out that Dr. Attilio Cavezzi (Italy), Vice-President of the International Union of Phlebology is also joining us. He has shown excellent performance both as a lecturer and as a practitioner during our previous master course that was dedicated to the aesthetic treatment of venous disorders. I am therefore delighted that he has agreed to participate also in this course to share his knowledge in sclerotherapy of saphenous veins. Of particular interest is his technology of ultrasound guided long catheter sclerotherapy of saphenous veins. Thus it is a great pleasure indeed that he will participate in this master course. This is an opportunity to learn the most accurate and up-to-date techniques in endovascular therapies of venous diseases from the world’s leading physicians in vein care. The two-day workshop will focus on the latest techniques: foam sclerotherapy and laser ablation, as well as “tips and tricks” to treat vein problems successfully. The emphasis will be put on learning efficiency by forming smaller groups of participants to provide more opportunities for questions and discussions. I am looking forward to seeing you all during the 10th International Master Course in Phlebology and welcoming you in Riga.
Uldis Maurins MD, PhD
President of the Baltic Society of Phlebology