GREAT AND SMALL SAPHENOUS VEINS INCOMPETENCE

Great saphenous insufficiency is where the valves and the great saphenous vein are incompetent. They no longer function normally. Great saphenous insufficiency is the most common varicose veins that we see. We have the great saphenous vein that runs from the groin to the ankle and the short saphenous vein that runs up the back of the legs from the ankle to behind the knee. The great saphenous vein that runs from the groin to the ankle and the thigh of the leg is the most common vein that becomes insufficient. In insufficiency is all veins have valves, and the valves and the veins should come together as the calf muscle pumps blood out of the leg, while it passes the valve, the valve should shut behind it. In patients with insufficiency the valves cusps, the valve does not come together and blood then moves backwards. It rushes back down the leg towards the ankle and that causes the veins to distend because they are under pressure. Those veins dilate and become varicose.

The lesser saphenous vein is a venous blood vessel that runs up the length of the leg. It originates from the junction formed between two small veins in the foot, the fifth toe’s dorsal vein and the dorsal venous arch. This vein is smaller in size than the great saphenous vein, which is the dominant superficial blood vessel of the calf and thigh. The dorsal venous arch serves as the bridge between the saphenous veins.

The lesser saphenous vein may suffer from thrombophlebitis, a condition in which a blood clot prompts a vein to swell. Lesser saphenous thrombophlebitis can cause pain and inflammation of the extremities. The application of warm compresses along with a drug therapy regimen is recommended for treatment.

CAUSES

Chronic venous insufficiency causes and risk factors. Weak or damaged valves cause chronic venous insufficiency.

Some risk factors that can lead to weak or damaged valves include:

  • Personal or family history of varicose veins
  • Being age 50 or older
  • Being female
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or a blood clot in a vein deep below your skin
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Being physically inactive
  • Smoking
  • Symptoms

SYMPTOMS

Chronic venous insufficiency symptoms can include:

  • Heaviness, tiredness, aching, fatigue, swelling, or pain in your legs.
  • Skin discoloration in the middle of the calf or the ankle.
  • Skin ulcers, or wounds that do not heal.
  • Varicose veins — or large, swollen, twisted veins — that you can see under your skin. These may also cause burning, aching, heaviness, and pain.

To diagnose chronic venous insufficiency, Dr. Ruz will:

  • Ask about your symptoms.
  • Review your medical history.
  • Give you a physical exam.

Your surgeon may also use imaging tests to confirm a chronic venous insufficiency diagnosis.

When you choose Dr. Ricardo Ruz, you are choosing a health care provider, who will ensure the most up to date, highest quality care available using state-of-the-art medical technologies. Whether you are seeking an initial examination or a second opinion for your condition, Dr. Ruz and his staff are available to discuss further options and consult on possible treatments.

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DIAGNOSTICS

If you think you have symptoms of Greater or lesser saphenous veins, Dr. Ricardo Ruz has the expertise and years of experience to treat them with the best possible procedures available in the industry.

Visit Dr. Ruz for a physical examination in order to consult on possible treatments for your health or esthetic concerns.

To diagnose vascular conditions, Dr. Ruz will do a physical exam, including looking at your legs while you’re standing to check for swelling. He may also ask you to describe any pain and aching in your legs. Accurate diagnosis is mandatory to define the anatomy and pathophysiology involved in the disease process.

Following the examination, Dr. Ruz will determine if the patient needs a Doppler, or if sclerotherapy treatments can start right away. He will estimate the number of treatments required.

In order to confirm a diagnosis of venous insufficiency of deep veins and to plan treatment, patients may need to have an ultrasound during their first visit.

Dr. Ruz uses high quality ultrasound transducer to allow visualization of the veins in high definition and to apply Doppler technology to measure venous reflux.

Followed the duplex, Dr. Ruz will suggest possible treatments for your health or esthetic concerns.

When you choose Dr. Ricardo Ruz, you are choosing a health care provider, who will ensure the most up to date, highest quality care available using state-of-the-art medical technologies.

Followed physical examination and in some cases ultrasound, Dr. Ruz will offer you possible treatments for your vascular conditions.

See below all possible solutions for Greater or lesser saphenous veins condition.

SOLUTIONS

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