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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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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?

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

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

Not necessarily.: Malfunctioning of the valves of the greater saphenous vein could lead to varicose veins. However varicose veins could also occur from malfunctioning valves of other veins such as the small saphenous vein, various accessory veins and even unusual veins such as a duplicated saphenous vein. Closing the gsv will seal the valves but you may still require removal of varicose veins by micro incisions. ...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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