During greater saphenous vein cutdown, a small incision is made in the ankle in order to access the saphenous vein. A catheter is then placed that will either deliver medicine or withdraw blood without the need for multiple needle pricks.
Conditions Treated with Greater Saphenous Vein Cutdown:
Greater saphenous vein cutdown is utilized to deliver long-term pain medications or antibiotics intravenously. It can also be used to deliver chemotherapeutic medicine, to draw blood frequently, or to provide intravenous nutrition.
There are no non-surgical alternatives to greater saphenous vein cutdown. Surgical alternatives include peripherally inserted central catheter placement and central venous catheter placement.
Anesthesia with Greater Saphenous Vein Cutdown:
Greater saphenous vein cutdown is performed with local anesthesia, which means that the patient is alert during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Greater Saphenous Vein Cutdown:
Possible risks of greater saphenous vein cutdown include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Other potential complications include arrhythmia and an air embolism.
Prognosis after Greater Saphenous Vein Cutdown:
The prognosis for a positive end result following greater saphenous vein cutdown is good.
Recovery from Greater Saphenous Vein Cutdown:
There is no recovery time needed for greater saphenous vein cutdown.