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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Need a sonogram: Varicose veins and/or spider veins usually appear over time. In some cases, varicose veins appearing overnight may mean you have developed a clot especially if associated with pain and swelling. May be worth checking out with your doctor
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Location location: An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of the aorta causing it to balloon out. In most cases this weakening is in the part of the aorta below the kidney arteries. Sometimes an aneurysm may involve the part of the aorta where the kidney arteries originate. These type of aneurysms are more challenging to treat especially if you are pursuing a minimally invasive option.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Not really: Although aortic dissection is related to hypertension and disorders of the vessel wall, carotid dissection is related to mild traumatic torque of the artery itself. It's much less related to hypertension and not related to migraines
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A 80-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: When her legs are very swollen, they can actually weep fluid. Best option initially is to elevate her legs. Should see her doctor for an adjustment in her medication dosage.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Rare: Pyloromyotomy for pyloric stenosis is a pretty effective procedure. As long as fluid and electrolyte imbalance is corrected prior to surgery and it is done correctly complications are rare. Inadequate division of the fibers may lead to a persistent obstruction. Too deep of a dissection may lead to leakage. These are rare circumstances
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Rare: In normal patients aviation does not lead to spontaneous pneumothorax. In people who have bullous disease or blebs (abnormal lung tissue that form large air sacs) pressure changes may lead to a higher risk of spontaneous pneumothorax. A person who already has had an episode of pneumothorax has as high as a 50% chance of having a recurrence without definitive treatment..
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: Ganglion cysts (also known as Baker's Cysts) are synovial cysts of the knee joint. In most cases they are treated conservatively. In cases where they are very large they can be drained but often recur. Very large cysts are best excised in very rare circumstances
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Depends: The treatment and outcomes are dependent on the type of lung cancer. The most common are non-small cell lung cancer. A more aggressive cancer is known as small cell cancer. The lung cancer may also be metastatic from another "primary" tumor site.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Sometimes: You should definitely do some physical therapy. Sometimes the nerve discomfort may take some time to resolve. In rare cases it may persist.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Schwartz
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
If treated: If your new dvt is being treated with blood thinners running and exercise is allowed after treatment begins for a few days. If the clot is older there is no reason you can't participate in running and exercise. While you're on blood thinners be careful not to participate in contact sports.
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