ACCESSORY SAPHENOUS VEINS INCOMPETENCE
The anterior accessory saphenous vein is a special anterior tributary of the great saphenous vein , draining the antero-lateral face of the thigh. The lateral accessory saphenous vein – a common cause of recurrent varicose veins. It becomes very often insufficient, causing important varicose veins with an autonomous course and often is the only insufficient vein present on a patient.
Although the accessory saphenous veins represent a key element in explaining postoperative recurrences, they also participate in the appearance of post stripping varicosities.
The accessory saphenous vein is linked to the greater saphenous vein, which runs parallel to it, and is located in the leg and thigh. Their role is primordial in maintaining correct blood draining. They have valves which prevent blood flowing back from deep to superficial veins in muscular systole or contraction.