Is it normal for a leg to swell after varicose vein surgery?

Depends. A little temporary swelling after any significant varicose vein procedure, whether it be sclerotherapy, laser ablation, rf, or surgery, can be normal. Normal swelling should be minimal though and it usually goes away in 2-3 weeks. If you have a lot of swelling, if it suddenly appears, if it lasts more than 3 weeks, and/or if there is redness and/or pain, you should see your doctor.
Maybe. . . depends. If can be quite normal to have some mild swelling in the leg after vein surgery, but you always need to worry about potential blood clots after vein operations so it is better to be cautious & call your vascular surgeon to see if a ultrasound is indicated. Swelling is more common with phlebectomy or treatment of larger veins. Excessive swelling or pain should prompt a ultrasound or D-dimer test.
A little. But it is possible to have a blood clot or lymphedema after this operation. See your surgeon promptly!
Varicose veins. Swelling is part of the healing process of inflammation, it should resolve within a short time. If if persists the need to figure out why.
Every significant. Swelling after any procedure vor varicose veins should be suspicious for deep vein thrombosis that in untreated cases can cause pulmonary emboli and death as well. So, if calf gets swollen and tight on should have immediately a new ultrasound examination of the deep veins stat>.

Related Questions

I have a bulging varicose vein on my leg, how do I get rid of it besides surgery?

Choices. Injections are an option, surgery and laser treatments are other options. Your choices will depend on the reasons you have these veins. See a vascular surgeon or plastic surgeon to discuss your options.
Various treatments. Treatment of varicose veins begins with a consultation with a vein specialist/phlebologist. A history, physical and duplex ultrasound are critical to understanding your particular pattern of vein problems. A treatment plan is devised based on this information, and could include endovenous ablation, phlebotomy &/or sclerotherapy. These are effective minimally-invasive alternatives to surgery.
No more surgery. As dr. Zimmett said, there are a number of good treatment options for bulging varicose veins that don't require surgery any more. The first thing to do is to see a vein specialist/phlebologist. You need to have a standing venous ultrasound exam. The results will then determine what treatment options are available to you.

Dad had varicose vein surgery years ago he bumped his leg & now there is a bump & the dr. Keeps using a needle & drain fluid is the a fix for this?

Fix available. If the lump is persisting despite needle drainage, an ulrasound of the lump and the veins looking for veinous insufficiency may reveal a more treatable diagnosis.
Yes. Trauma to soft tissue of the body can result in bleeding into the tissue forming a hematoma (clotted blood) and over time this is broken down by the body, and aspiration (using needle to drain) will often resolve the swelling, at times requiring several attempts.

Varicose vein surgery years ago he accidentally bump his leg & since then it formed a bump & reatains water the dr injects and drain. Is there a fix?

Fix available. If the lump is persisting despite needle drainage, an ulrasound of the lump and the veins looking for veinous insufficiency may reveal a more treatable diagnosis.
Venous Stasis. End stage venous stasis disease involves stagnation of the venous blood flow. This results in a pooling of blood in the lower extremities. Iron is deposited into the skin resulting in brown staining of the skin resulting in breakdown of the skin to frank ulceration. The retained water is most likely serous fluid related to build up. Compression therapy is very helpful along with laser closure.

I had venus closure surgery for my varicose veins. It was not successful. What are my options? I need to try another option to rid my legs of these very painful and unsightly veins.

Venous. Venous closure uses radiowave energy to destroy diseased veins. It has a very high success rate. It is so rare that most doctors would "make good" on the treatment with a complimentary higher energy re-treatment with the same technique for with an alternate technique. In my office we would treat with tumescent anesthesia to numb the leg and "push the blood out of the vein". Then we would use a "double injury" laser and microfoam combination treatment. You would immediately return to work with a 99% chance of success.
Depends. "unsuccessful" could mean a lot of things. The main rzns for not meeting expectations after ablations are unreasonable goals, failure to close the vein, other veins that don't work, or that the vein ablated is not the dysfunctional vein that is causing the problem.
See an expert. Closure is over 95% successful, but not 100%. Either the procedure did not ablate the vein or there is another source of the problem such as an accessory vein. See an md with experience dealing with venous disease. Would steer you away from your prior treating md. At the very least need an ultraound to delineate what went wrong.
Need more treatment. As dr. Clark said, vein treatment is never 100% successful. Although it is 95% likely that your closure procedure was successful in closing the the vein that it treated, there is clearly more work to do. Another venous ultrasound is needed to find out where the problem is. Then it can be treated and your results will be better.
Vein Specialist. I practice in an area where I see people who have been treated all over the world so I have a chance to see many recurrences of veins and failures from prior therapy. My approach is always to do a venous ultrasound to identity the anatomy and look for the cause of the recurrent vein or why the original treatment did not work. See a vein specialist who will formulate a treatment plan for you.
Varicose veins. Occasionally a thermal ablation procedure will not be successful. However, a repeat of the thermal ablation procedure, either with closure or with laser would be advisable. Sometimes the failure to close is due to a very large size vein. I would advise a redo of the procedure, either the closure or laser ablation.

How do my venous thrombosis and varicose veins affect eligibility for a calf augmentation surgery? How is calf augmentation surgery different in a person with venous thrombosis and varicose veins on his feet? I am a 41-year-old woman. I take aspirin and p

Based. Based on your history I would not rec. Calf implant surgery. The increased pressure from calf implant could increase chances of dev. A dvt, if you develop DVT this could go to your lung (called a pe) and you could die.
Venous thrombosis. If you already have a history of venous thrombosis, it is not a good idea to have any elective surgery on your calves. Perhaps you should see a vein specialist and see if treatment of your varicose veins can eliminate your venous thromboses.