The deep femoral vein (also known as the profunda femoris) flows along with the profunda femoris artery. It has tributaries that correspond to the perforating branches of this artery. Through these tributaries it communicates with the inferior gluteal vein higher up and the popliteal vein lower down. The medial and lateral femoral circumflex veins are also received. About one half to two inches after the inguinal ligament, it meets up with the superficial femoral vein to become the common femoral vein.