Compared to the introduction of new pharmaceutical drugs, surgical and phlebological treatments are not studied extensively or in a orderly fashion before being used in clinical practice. This is partly due to the nature of surgical innovations, i.e. a surgical outcome is usually easier to predict than a pharmacological effect. Also, it is usually desirable that innovations are swiftly implemented. However, as for phlebological innovations, it is recommended where possible to follow the IDEAL-framework.

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