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SURGICAL: Vein Ligation and Stripping

Varicose veins (varicosities) are abnormally dilated tortuous veins. They occur most often in the lower extremities but can appear anywhere in the body. Primary varicosities are caused by incompetent valves in the superficial saphenous veins, whereas secondary varicosities are the result of impaired blood flow in the deep veins. Primary varicosities tend to occur in both legs, whereas secondary varicosities usually occur in only one leg.

In a ladder-like fashion, perforator veins connect the deep vein and the superficial vein systems, promoting drainage of the lower extremities. Blood can be shunted from one system to the other in the event of either system's being compressed. Incompetence in one system can lead to varicosities. Varicose veins are considered a chronic disease, and along with valvular incompetence can progress to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

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