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Where is the great saphenous vein?

Where is the great saphenous vein?

Great saphenous: It is a superficial vein that runs longitudinally along the entire course of the leg from the medial groin to the medial ankle. It is positioned between the skin & the muscle (located in the fat layer) & is not visible from the surface. A defect in this vein (i.e. valve reflux) leads to the majority of cases of varicose veins. It is also removed for use in bypass grafts of the heart & legs. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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Can the removal of great saphenous vein solve the varicose problem?

Can the removal of great saphenous vein solve the varicose problem?

Partially: Varicose vein disease is inherited and made worse with prolonged sitting, standing, hormones, heat, etc. The valves are affected in the saphenous veins in the leg. We treat each diseased vein as it occurs. If the great saphenous vein is ablated with endovenous heat, usually there are smaller tributaries in the calf or small saphenous veins that need treatment too as time passes and surface veins. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the removal of great saphenous vein solve the varicose problem?

I was wondering does the removal of great saphenous vein solve the varicose problem?

No: If the only abnormal vein currently is the great saphenous vein, removal of that vein helps. However, varicose veins primarily occur because of weaknesses in the vein wall related to heredity, the effects of gravity over time and aging. Other factors also play a role. These factors potentially effect many veins in your legs, not just one. Over time, other veins may become varicose. ...Read more

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My great saphenous vein appears to change direction midway down the side of my calf and continues down the posterior calf. Is this normal?

My great saphenous vein appears to change direction midway down the side of my calf and continues down the posterior calf. Is this normal?

GSV: There is a lot of anatomic variation with vein anatomy in general. What you may be seeing is a prominent vein tributary of the GSV. Its nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein RX Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Recovery vein RX: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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Supposing you have abnormal valves function of the great saphenous vein, will the removal of it solve the varicose veins?

Supposing you have abnormal valves function of the great saphenous vein, will the removal of it solve the varicose veins?

Usually. : Varicose veins can arise from lesser saphenous vein and perforating veins also. You will need to be evaluated. See sirweb.Org. Click on patient tab at top. Click on varicose veins at left of page. There is a doctor finder at this site. Also see venacure-evlt.Com. ...Read more

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If abnormal valves function of the great saphenous vein, will removal of it prevent or cure varicose veins?

If abnormal valves function of the great saphenous vein, will removal of it prevent or cure varicose veins?

Usually: I would discourage removal and instead recommend laser ablation. It is safer, less complicated and can be done through a single needle stick. Usually visible varicose veins are due to underlying vein dysfunction such as the great saphenous. Ablation of the great saphenous can lessen the visible veins but some may remain and can be removed through tiny punctures in the skin. ...Read more

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Hard,swollen cord/rope-like vein (I think great saphenous vein)along whole leg. Can only go to GP in 2 days.So terrified of DVT/other serious problem?

Hard,swollen cord/rope-like vein (I think great saphenous vein)along whole leg. Can only go to GP in 2 days.So terrified of DVT/other serious problem?

Superficial clot.: What you describe sounds like a clotted greater saphenous vein. This would present as a palpable cord along anywhere from the medial ankle to the upper thigh. This is called superficial phlebitis but there is always a chance that this can extend into the deep system to cause DVT. You should have a venous ultrasound and see a vein specialist as soon as possible or go to the ER for evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it means when venous report say partially compressible great and small saphenous veins .

What does it means when venous report say partially compressible great and small saphenous veins .

Vague finding.: Normally during a venous ultrasound, the greater and small saphenous veins should be fully compressible meaning that they are soft and do not contain clots. This , however, is not 100% foolproof. Sometimes , depending on the the equipment used and experience of the ultrasonographer, veins may appear partially compressible. Any old inflammation of a vein may also thicken its walls causing this. ...Read more

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Great saphenous vs. profunda femoral vein blood flow, what is this?

Different vessels: The vein system in your legs is divided into two systems: deep and superficial. The deep vein system travels within the muscle compartment of your leg. The profunda femoral vein is a deep vein. The superficial vein system flows closer to the skin surface-above the muscles. The great saphenous vein is superficial. The superficial system flows into the deep system, which flows up into the body. ...Read more

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What's a refluxing saphenous vein?

What's a refluxing saphenous vein?

Reversal of flow: Blood flows in the veins from the arms and legs back to the heart. In order to do this, since veins are a low pressure system, many veins, especially the lower leg veins have one way valves. If these valves malfunction, then the blood can flow in reverse and this is called reflux. Reflux is the most common cause of varicose veins and can also cause spider veins. A venous sono can diagnose it. ...Read more

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Why is the saphenous vein used for cabg?

Its yours!: As surgeons, we always prefer to use the patient's own tissue rather than something foreign, as it is more resistent to infection. ...Read more

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