Introduction

This edition of Sclerotherapy & Venous Ablation will certainly be special, for the first time in many years different phlebological societies meet in a single congress to witness a common desire to grow Italian phlebology.
All of you will not miss the importance of this moment and I want to underline the farsightedness and the courage of the board of directors of such societies that will form the backbone of Sclerotherapy 2019. The common intent is not to form a new single society but, in respect of the various individualities, try to optimize resources and maximize results, especially in view of the promotion of Italian phlebology abroad.
Sclerotherapy 2019 will have a similar structure to past years with presentations selected among abstracts. Together with these, sessions managed directly by phlebological societies and inter-societary sessions will be included in the program. The program promises to be very rich and with high scientific content. In addition, to simultaneous translation into English we will also provide the simultaneous in Chinese translation for the presence of a delegation of phlebologists from China.
A further innovation will be the establishment of the AFI award that will be assigned to the best abstract presented by a young doctor.
We look forward to seeing you, as always there will be a lot of reason to consider Sclerotherapy a special congress.
See you in Pisa.

Dr Alessandro Frullini
Scientific secretary of Sclerotherapy & venous ablation 2019
Honorary President of the Italian Phlebological Association (AFI)