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Rosen Vein Lecture 102: Lower Extremity Vein Anatomy

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My goal for this blog is to provide patients suffering from varicose vein disease in the Chicagoland area with the tools they need to be the most informed patients they can be. Treating your varicose vein disease is a team effort and you are the most valuable player on the team! While it’s up to the experts at Rosen Vein Care to diagnose and treat your particular issues, the team needs your help in ensuring the best results possible for you. You need to be involved every step of the way. So the first step is to learn about what led you to seek help in the first place. Chronic venous disease is as fascinating to study as it is challenging to treat. So, fellow freezing Chicago and North Shore residents alike…nuke up a cup of tea in the microwave… grab a cozy blanket…and prepare to curl up with an informative lecture on veins and how they do what they do. Don’t be afraid…I won’t show any icky pictures. Not yet, anyway. But it is important for you to know where those painful bulges and spider veins ultimately came from. Diagnosing vein disease requires obtaining a road map via ultrasound of the unique features of your lower extremity veins. Like snowflakes, no two people’s leg veins are alike…but there are some pretty consistent “major players” that we can typically find. Over the past decade or two, great tumult existed in the world of Phlebology (the field devoted to treating venous disease) regarding how to name the veins in the lower extremities. You’d think that they would be a rather sedate crowd, but get Phlebologists started on vein nomenclature and…hoo-wee…watch the sparks fly! Are they “Great” or “Long” saphenous veins? Are they “Small” or “Short” or “Lesser”? Eventually it took a  Battle Royal Melee in The Octagon…ok, the equivalent of one in academic medicine…a meeting of international members of the American Venous Forum in 1994…who eventually settled upon the Great and Small saphenous veins. Great Saphenous Vein: These veins run from the inner side of your ankle up the leg and […]