Glossary

Anterior: front part of body.

Common femoral vein: deep vein located in the groin. The blood from greater saphenous vein empties into this vein.

Competent vein: blood flows in the normal direction back to the heart, vein has no reflux.

Deep leg vein: vein deep in the leg and muscle fascia that carries blood back to the heart.

Fascia: strong white connective tissue that covers muscle.

Greater saphenous vein (GSV) / Long saphenous vein: long superficial vein inside and in front of the anklebone. This vein travels along the inside of the lower extremity and empties into the deep leg vein called the common femoral vein in the groin.

Incompetent vein: blood flows in the wrong direction away from the heart, vein has reflux.

Insufficiency: blood flows backward (wrong direction) in the vein.

Leg: part of the lower extremity below the knee.

Lesser saphenous vein ( LSV) / Shorter saphenous vein: short superficial vein outside and in back of the anklebone. This vein travels along the outside and back of the calf and empties into the deep leg vein called the popliteal vein, behind the the knee.

Perforating vein: vein that connect superficial vein to the deep vein. Blood flows from the superficial vein through the perforating vein into the deep vein.

Popliteal vein: deep vein located behind the knee. The blood from lesser saphenous vein empties into this vein.

Posterior: back part of body.

Reflux: blood flows backward (wrong direction) in the vein.

Superficial leg vein: vein above and superficial in the leg and muscle fascia that carries blood back to the heart.

Thigh: part of the lower extremity above the knee.

Venous: having to do with veins.

Ultrasound: device which sends sound waves of high frequency, inaudible to human ear, to the body and then picks up their reflection from underlying tissues and blood vessels in order to create images.

Sierra Vein & Vascular Institute

Manteca Office
1610 W. Yosemite Avenue, Suite 3
Manteca, CA 95337
Tel: 209-665-4412
Fax: 209-665-4415
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Merced Office
177 W. El Portal Drive, Suite B
Merced, CA 95348
Tel: 209-349-8847
Fax: 209-349-8867
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Modesto Office
1552 Coffee Road, Suite 201
Modesto, CA 95355
Tel: 855-814-3366
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Associations

American Medical Association

Society for Vascular Surgery

American Medical Association

Society for Vascular Medicine

American College of Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

American College of Cardiology

American College of Cardiology

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

American Board of
Thoracic Surgery

American Board Surgery

American Board of
Surgery

American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

American Society for
Laser Medicine and
Surgery

American College of Phlebology

American College of
Phlebology

American Heart Association

American Heart
Association

American Medical Association

American Medical Association

California Medical Associations

California Medical Association