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Saphenous Vein Graft Harvesting
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Are the tributaries of the greater saphenous vein stripped while the greater saphenous vein is stripped?
Are there any tributaries that connect the Greater saphenous vein to the Smaller saphenous vein posteriorly?
Is it true that if I do laser for a saphenous vein and the problem reoccurs i cannot do anything else to treat it like saphenectomy or laser again?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer