How is vein valve transplantation used in the treatment of venous insufficiency?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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With vein valve transplantation, a valve-containing segment of a competent axillary or brachial vein is mobilized and inserted into either the popliteal or the femoral system. The incompetent segment of the leg vein is excised and replaced with the transplant segment. Allograft or cadaveric vein transplants are being evaluated, with long-term results pending.


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