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Vein Care Education

Whether you are a patient or someone just interested in learning about varicose veins and spider veins, you will probably find it necessary to have the definition of some medical words handy. Some words that you already know may have a slightly different meaning when they are used in a medical sense.

Anterior
The front of a body part.

Deep Leg Vein
The veins that are deep in the thigh and leg that carry blood back to the heart.

Deep Ffascia
Connective tissue. This strong tissue is the white tissue that covers muscle.

Great Saphenous Vein – GSV
A long vein that can be seen just in front of the anklebone. This vein travels along the inside of the leg and thigh (about one-half inch beneath the skin in the thigh) until it empties into the deep vein called the common femoral vein in the groin.

Leg
The part of the lower extremity below the knee.

Lesser Saphenous Vein – LSV
A superficial vein that starts at the outside of the foot and travels up the back of the calf where it empties into the deep vein (popliteal vein) in the crease of the knee.

Perforating Vein
Avein that passes directly from a superficial vein to a deep vein.

Popliteal Vein
The deep vein located behind the knee. The lesser saphenous vein originates from the popliteal vein.

Posterior
Back of a body part.

Spider Vein
Atiny varicose vein that may be blue or red color that does not protrude above the skin surface and frequently looks like a spider. The medical term for a spider vein is telangliectasia.

Superficial Vein
Any vein in the lower extremity above the deep fascia that covers the muscles of the thigh and leg.

Thigh
The part of the lower extremity above the knee.

Varicose Vein
Abulging vein that protrudes past the skin surface and usually measures greater than one-fourth of an inch in diameter.