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12 days out on my saphenous vein ablation .Is it normal to have a small bump where incision was and still bit tender& pulling sensation. Appt in 3wk?

12 days out on my saphenous vein ablation .Is it normal to have a small bump where incision was and still bit tender&  pulling sensation.  Appt in 3wk?

Not atypical: Yes, this is not atypical. The pulling sensation is the "dead vein" beneath the surface turning into scar tissue and stretching as you move your leg. The tenderness is also the inflammed dead vein beneath the surface. The small bump is likely some scar tissue and maybe a little blood beneath the surface. All of these things should resolve with a little more time. A follow up ultrasound is wise. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein RX Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Recovery vein RX: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks ...Read more

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Before performing an ablation of the saphenous vein is it better to have an MRI mapping of the deep venous system to ensure that i wont develop dvt?

Before performing an ablation of the saphenous vein is it better to have an MRI mapping of the deep venous system to ensure that i wont develop dvt?

Evaluation for VV: The gold standard for the evaluation of varicose veins is a thorough history and physical exam followed by a venous duplex examination which will look at both the superficial and deep venous systems. This combination should be adequate the the overwhelming of patients to evaluate the status of their veins. Only unusual vein symptoms would require further testing. ...Read more

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Had radiofrequency ablation to close great saphenous vein both legs and now it's causing my foot to swell and pain at incision. Any ideas. Followup ok?

Had radiofrequency ablation to close great saphenous vein both legs and now it's causing my foot to swell and pain at incision. Any ideas. Followup ok?

Not surprised.: One of the side effects of the procedure is edema of the lower leg . There is no specific way to treat this except maybe pressure stockings. The wound site needs to be checked by the doc who did the procedure to make sure there is not an other problem. BEst wishes ...Read more

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Why is the saphenous vein used for cabg?

Why is the saphenous vein used for cabg?

Its yours!: As surgeons, we always prefer to use the patient's own tissue rather than something foreign, as it is more resistent to infection. ...Read more

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Can the removal of great saphenous vein solve the varicose problem?

Partially: Varicose vein disease is inherited and made worse with prolonged sitting, standing, hormones, heat, etc. The valves are affected in the saphenous veins in the leg. We treat each diseased vein as it occurs. If the great saphenous vein is ablated with endovenous heat, usually there are smaller tributaries in the calf or small saphenous veins that need treatment too as time passes and surface veins. ...Read more

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I was wondering does the removal of great saphenous vein solve the varicose problem?

No: If the only abnormal vein currently is the great saphenous vein, removal of that vein helps. However, varicose veins primarily occur because of weaknesses in the vein wall related to heredity, the effects of gravity over time and aging. Other factors also play a role. These factors potentially effect many veins in your legs, not just one. Over time, other veins may become varicose. ...Read more

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Are the tributaries of the greater saphenous vein stripped while the greater saphenous vein is stripped?

Vein Surgery.: Vein ligation and stripping is a procedure rarely done any more because of the newer closure procedures. When the greater saphenous vein is stripped usually the tributary varicose veins are also removed through small incisions rather than actually stripping them. ...Read more

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