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Is it normal for my legs to hurt after sclerotherapy?
I went to get a laser treatment, but the doctor said it was too painful and that I should have sclerotherapy instead. Two days after the procedure, my legs began hurting everywhere, especially in my ankles. It has been a week and my legs still hurt. Is this normal?

It is normal for your legs to hurt after any procedure, but the pain you are having could very well be from untreated sources. The sclerotherapy is only between 70-80% effective and you might very well need sclerotherapy to close down all those veins. You should be having a follow-up visit with your doctor within 2 weeks of your procedure for an evaluation.

Other Answered Questions

What is the difference between reticular veins and varicose veins?
I have greenish veins near the surface of my inner thigh. I can feel them and they bulge a bit at times. Are they reticular or varicose veins? According to tests, the insufficiency of my gsv is greate...Details

How effective are EVLT and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy? What's the chance the vein will reopen?
I am considering EVLT and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy based on my doctor's recommendation. How effective are the procedures? What's the chance the vein will reopen? He will be treating the GS and...Details

Will my saphenous nerve repair itself after damage from EVLA and microphlebectomy?
I had EVLA and microphlebectomy on my right leg 4 wks ago to treat GSV (from SFJ to ankle) and reflux of SV (from SPJ to ankle). I am in a lot of pain from my shin to the inside of my ankle. It hurts ...Details

My vein feels hard after being treated with EVLA, is this normal?
My vein feels hard 10 days after having the endovenous laser ablation to treat a varicose vein. Is hardening a normal complication? When will the area soften and return to normal? I had my 3 day post-...Details

After sclerotherapy, how many days does it take before you can go to 15-20mmhg hose?
I had sclerotherapy 5 days ago and have been wearing 20-30mmhg compression hose for the full 5 days, except at night. Would I run into complications, or would the effects of the procedure, be comprom...Details

Can sclerotherapy cause you to have a transient ischemic attack?
I had sclerotherapy on a Thursday morning around 7:30 a.m, and by the following day I had a transient ischemic attack. Can the procedure caused this to happen?

Are severe migraines a known side effect after the endovenous laser ablation procedure?
Right after having endovenous laser ablation, and after the pain medication wore off, I had severe migraines. I suffered from migraines before procedure but now one year after I have severe migraines....Details

What, in your experience, is the best syringe for visual cosmetic sclerotherapy?
I've had problems with disposable plastic 3 and 5cc syringes with hard to push plungers, which results in jerking and the needle dislodging. What, in your experience, is the best syringe for visual co...Details

Is a magnetic resonance venography the best test for me?
Extensive ablations & sclerotherapy in both of my failing legs failing. As a result, the doctor is stopping treatment until I get a magnetic resonance venography w/contrast. Dr. suspects ovarian vein...Details

I'm having spasms and numbness in my untreated leg one week after having a varicose vein removed from the opposite leg. Is this normal?
I had a varicose vein removed in my left leg seven days ago. Everything seems to be healing, but I recently started feeling spasms & numbness on my right leg (outside thigh). This is weird because tha...Details

Is aspirin a valid treatment for Lipodermatosclerosis?
A dermatologist diagnosed my 79 yr old mom with Lipodermatosclerosis and recommended she see her primary care physician. He told her only to take aspirin and elevate her legs 3 times a day for 15 min...Details

How many endovenous laser ablation procedures do I really need to have?
I had the VNUS procedure last June, and then a phlebectomy in Sept. I started to feel pain again so I just got another ultrasound and I was told I need another ablation. Is that normal? I felt my whol...Details

I have a spermatocele, which treatment is better and low-risk, spermatocelectomy or sclerotherapy?
I'm a 20-year-old guy who has a spermatocele. I'm uncomfortable having it and am a little bit shy talking about it. Since I haven't had kids yet, what procedure is best and low-risk? I want to have ch...Details

Is back pain a common symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome?
I went for a CT scan of my abdomen and pelvis today for a follow-up for a benign mass I had removed last year. The findings came back that symptoms could be associated with pelvic congestion syndrome....Details

I've been diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica, could chronic DVT cause this?
A venous return exam discovered that I have two chronic DVTs in my common femoral and iliac veins (right side). I have had many cath's and, more recently, stenting of left common iliac vein. Now, I've...Details

Three months after endovenous ablation, I'm still in pain. Is this normal? When will the pain subside?
I had endovenous ablation 3 months ago. I have just as much (or more) pain now than before my procedure. I've talked to my surgeon, and he seems to think I just need to give it more time. He didn't sa...Details

What are the risks associated with pelvic congestion syndrome? Are there things I should avoid? Am I at risk for blood clot?
I was recently dx with PCS from an ultrasound and very obvious enlarged vessels. While I'm seeking additional testing, what should I avoid? Can I run, bend or lift normally? Is there a risk for bloo...Details

My skin is bruising following sclerotherapy, will the bruising go away?
I've had one treatment of foam sclerotherapy 6 months ago, and now I have bruising on my skin (purple and brown). Will it go away, or will the bruising remain for life? Any exercises that will help? M...Details

Can bulging penis veins be treated with surgery? If so, what would that procedure be and is it safe?

What's the difference between ultrasound and vein mapping? Is one better than the other at determining which procedure (and how much) a pt needs?

Is it normal to have tingling and tightness 2 months after the endovenous laser ablation procedure?
After riding my lawn mower I have tingling & tightness in my inner thigh & knee area. Is this normal? I had the endovenous laser ablation procedure done about 2 months ago.

I suddenly have reticular and varicose veins, could it be due to chronic constipation and straining?
In the last year, I had chronic constipation and have strained a lot. I've noticed green reticular & varicose veins on my rt upper inner groin area. It seems as though they appeared overnight. Could c...Details

Sometimes my leg collapses, could it be because I have really bad varicose veins?

4 weeks after endovenous laser ablation, I feel shooting and stinging pain in my treated vein. Is this normal? What to do?

Can large, bulging veins be treated on feet?
I have many bulging veins on both feet. Duplex ultrasound showed no reflux or insufficiency and that veins are not varicose. It was recommended that I do nothing since there is no need. If want to fix...Details

Can I do sitting meditation (i.e. sukhasana or burmese) after sclerotherapy?
Will sitting meditation put too much pressure on my veins after treatment, and possibly cause my varicose veins to reoccur after they heal?

Why is the pain worse 3 months after endovenous laser ablation?
3 months after EVLA on both legs, my right leg is aching and it does not get any better with compression stockings, which worked well before the surgery. No recanalization according to the follow-up u...Details

My leg is swelling after having the endovenous laser ablation procedure, what should I do to reduce the swelling and discomfort?
I had endovenous laser ablation 6mos ago. I was told that I had a clot in my calf. Now, I have swelling at my ankle and lower part of my leg when I stand at my job for 7 hours a day? How can I reduce ...Details

Is it normal for new spider veins to form after sclerotherapy? What should I do?
I had sclerotherapy on a medium enlarged blue vein a week ago. I removed the compression stockings to bathe and noticed bruising and red spider veins along the length of the veins treated. These spide...Details

I had my first scleropathy session 7 weeks ago, why do I have intermittent leg aches?
I had my first 'minor' scleropathy 7 weeks ago. It was very painful. A salt solution was used. A week after the procedure, I continue to have a dull intermittent ache behind my knees and down my shins...Details

What's the difference between ultrasound and vein mapping? Is one better than the other at determining which procedure (and how much) a pt needs?

Is there anything I can do to prevent developing varicose veins during future pregnancies?
In my first pregnancy I did not have varicose veins. Now, in my second pregnancy, I've had moderate varicose veins since the fifth week of pregnancy. Will they go away after delivery? Is there anythin...Details

Why would legs still tingle/burn 10 days after spider vein treatment?
I had sclerotherapy behind knees and above my ankles for cosmetic reasons. Wore compression hose for 7 days. Ten days post-treatment, I have continuous tingling/burning in both lower legs and feet. N...Details

I had vein embolization for PCS but still have back pain, why?
I had a plug used to seal my large ovarian vein to treat my PCS two weeks ago. I have definite relief in my pelvis/abdomen but I continue to have pain in my mid/lower back and tailbone area. It gets ...Details

I am 22 with no pregnancies and lots of pain, will my fertility be affected if I do another embolization?
I have had lots of pain and no successful pregnancies since I was diagnosed with PCS at 18 years old. I had an embolization, that didn't fully work. I don't want my fertility to be affected, but I nee...Details

Is it normal for a vein not to respond to the ELA treatment?
After having my veins stripped four years ago, one of my veins came back in my left leg. I decided to go for the ELA treatment; however, the doctor couldn't get the catheter into the vein because it ...Details

Can you please help me with the decision process?
My 84-year-old mother has been scheduled to have a vein closed in her left leg, from the knee up. Is this necessary? What happens if she doesn't do it? What side effects to expect? When after that cou...Details

varicose vein
I had varicose vein surgery on the 18th of April. After surgery, I noticed that one of the veins on my leg (below my knee) was still there. When will it disappear?

My treated veins are purple (no skin bruising), will they eventually fade or do they need to be treated a second time?
Two weeks after sclerotherapy, some of my treated veins are purple but the skin is not bruised. Others that were treated disappeared immediately. I followed all recommendations post-treatment. Will th...Details

Why are there more blue veins on my legs after sclerotherapy?
I recently had a reflux procedure and sclerotherapy a month later. Four weeks after sclerotherapy, I'm noticing many new large blue veins all over my legs and no difference in the veins injected with ...Details

What types of excercise are best for venous reflux?
I had reflux of my saphenous vein & an ablation was done 1 yr ago. No improvement. Today, I had another f/u & ultrasound showed reflux of deep femoral vein of same leg. I'm 40 yrs old, normal weight, ...Details

What is wrong with my foot?
My right ankle hurts when I walk. The veins above it look engorged and are dark blue. The right side on my ankle has swelling. My foot changes color by the end, looking almost black below the ankle. S...Details

Is pain four months after endovenous laser ablation normal?
I am a 28 year old who had EVLT and experienced extreme bruising and pain after the procedure (with much follow-up with my MD). It's now been 4 months and I am still experiencing pain in the area! Wh...Details

Is endovenous laser ablation right for me?
Greenish veins have appeared in my inner and upper thigh. The veins kind of swoop sideways. The doctor I saw mentioned no origin of my problem, but wants to do ELA. Can they guarantee this will solve ...Details

Do I have a blood clot?
I had schlerotherapy on my left upper thigh yesterday and wore my knee-high hose to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night with terrible pain in my left heel. It was also red. Got back in bed and i...Details

Should my leg still be hurting 7 months after having varicose surgery?
I had varicose surgery 7 months ago on my left leg. All of a sudden the vein behind my knee is starting to hurt. I get a burning sensation like my skin is on fire, and it is red and swollen. When I to...Details

Pain has been gradually setting in following EVLT, is this normal?
I had endovenous laser treatment. During the first three days of recovery I had no pain. Then, over time, pain began to gradually set in. It got worse over days 4, 5 and 6. The painful areas are also ...Details

My ankles started to swelling a week after endovenous laser ablation, is this normal?
I had endovenous laser ablation a week ago on my right GSV. Everything started out fine, until my ankle started to swell when standing. I went to my doctor and he explained that this is normal. Is it?...Details

Ambulatory Phlebectomy and Micro Phlebectomy
Are they the same procedure... Is Ambulatory being for bigger veins and micro for smaller? I am confused...

Any advice for someone who has been diagnosed with PCS on the right side of the body?
I recently had a laparoscopy done and was diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. I was told that it does not seem to be affecting any of my reproductive organs, but the congested veins are on the ...Details

Can sclerotherapy treated spider veins look pretty much the same after sclerotherapy as they did before treatment and still get absorbed away?
Had 1st sclero appt 6 days ago. When I removed compression after 72hrs, some veins had faded away nicely, but the ones near my knees look no different despite being injected. Is there hope for fading?...Details

Can bladder leakage be a side effect of endovenous laser ablation?

Can sclerotherapy for spider veins cause generalized joint pain?
I had spider vein treatment one week ago above the ankles and behind both knees. I now have general feeling of inflammation in my joints, including my upper body such as fingers and wrists. Wondering...Details

Can sitting in a hot tub 2 months after foam sclerotherapy affect the results of my procedure?
Treated 2/28/14 minor saphenous vein. Aspirated twice. Tenderness and lumps ever since the initial procedure. Can't go without compression - hurts/aches/swells. Can sitting in a hot tub 2 months after...Details

Can you fly safely with a superficial vein?
Can you fly safely with a superficial vein? I had some bleeding under the skin and I'm taking antibiotics. I fly on Friday and have a surgical stocking to wear. Is this OK?

When will I be able to walk without pain?
I had a superficial vein removed from the groin to my ankle. It's been 6 days now since surgery and I still have terrible pain near my ankle where four cuts were made. I also have pain inside my leg w...Details

Can veins beneath the surface hurt? Will more sclerotherapy help?
I've had two sessions of sclerotherapy. The spider veins look good (gone), but there is still some pain in the area next to the knee on both of my legs. Can veins beneath the surface hurt? Will more s...Details

I still have pain and tenderness 3 weeks post-sclerotherapy, what should I do?
I had ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy 3 weeks ago. One injection site was my inner calf, about 4-5 inches above ankle near the side of my tibia bone. This area still has pain and is very sensitive to ...Details

I have immediate swelling behind my knee when I stand, is this normal after EVLT?
I had EVLT (including perferator veins) 1week ago. When I stand, there is an immediate swelling behind the knee. It also happens when I raise my leg. Is all of this normal after the procedure?

My husband has pain in both of his legs and the veins in his calves are bulding, what is going on?
My husband has pain in both legs behind the knees and the veins in his calves are bulging. He has celiac disease, diabetes, & arthritis. The symptoms all happened on Monday. We've tried ice, heat, and...Details

How long do I have to wait before I can fly after having endovenous laser ablation?

My physician advised against injecting near the ankle because the lower part of the leg tends to turn brown permanently. Is this true?

What could be done if my doctor possibly injected the wrong vein?
My Dr performed ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy on one of my great saphenous veins. It has been months and the vein hurts all the time. It feels like I have pitching inside my leg, and it is like I ...Details

I pulled a muscle after sclerotherapy treatment, should I return to my doctor? What symptoms should I look out for?
I had 2 veins in my calf injected 2 months ago. I was doing yoga and I think I pulled a muscle in my groin 2 weeks ago. The pain is still there and hurts down my leg. Just wondering if I should go to ...Details

I will have a surgery to repair my torn meniscus, how long after the procedure can I have EVLT?
I had vein stripping 10 years ago. I have venous insufficiency and stasis dermatitis. I wear compression hose. I will have orthoscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in March. How long should I wait for...Details

Will a run/hole in my compression stockings compromise my sclerotherapy results?
I recently had sclerotherapy & have been wearing my compression hose as directed. However, I noticed I got a small run/hole at the bottom of one of the feet (near the heel). Will this ruin the overall...Details

Is it safe to perform sclerotherapy on the arm veins?
My right arm (where IV is taken) has very visible blue veins. They are not bulging but it looks quite unattractive. Most Drs I saw said they can't treat the arm due to the IV need, but my left arm can...Details

I just got diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome, will this affect my ability to have children??
I still want to have children, but now that I have been diagnosed with PCS I'm not sure if it's possible. Will this syndrome affect my ability to get pregnant? What about delivery a baby?

After discontinuing my compression stocking, I have pain and more bruising. Should I be concerned?
I had my microphlebectomy procedure 12 days ago, and I've had minimal pain since the initial 48 hours post surgery. However, I stopped wearing my compression stocking 2 days ago and now have pain when...Details

Should I still wear a compression stocking 3 weeks after sclerotherapy treatment??
I was wondering if I should continue to wear my 18-24 mmHg compression stocking 3 weeks after my sclerotherapy treatment. I was told once that even if the condition improves, wearing stockings can pre...Details

My wife's ultrasounds are inconsistent, what should we do?
My wife has had multiple ultrasounds. One ultrasound tech found a bad perforator at 5mm, but they wanted to do open surgery. Another ultrasound tech from the Dr she wanted to use who does laser and R...Details

I am an 88 year old female who is terrified of having EVLA treatment, should I just finish my days without this procedure?
I am to have laser treatment on my feet. I am an 88 year old female and am terrified of having the EVLA procedure. Can I go without the treatment and live the rest of my life with painful, burning, sw...Details

Should I have radiofrequency ablation on both legs if only one is symptomatic?
I have a bulging vein on my right calf (right leg reflux is 0.4-4.2; size 4.8-13.2mm). I have no symptoms on left leg (reflux is 0.54-1.9 and size 2.2-9.3mm). My doctor wants to do an ablation on bot...Details

Can I live safe with compression if I have deep vein reflux?

My wound is running after having varicose vein surgery, is this normal?

Can ELA correct my varicose veins caused by pelvic congestion syndrome?
Varicose veins just popped up in the top inner, upper thigh. I have also been experiencing constipation. There is nothing mentioned about the origin of my problem, so I am going straight to ELA. Can t...Details

I have a large vein that may need removal, what are my treatment options?
A vein in my right leg was stripped out 25 yrs ago, on inside from ankle to groin. Now, a large vein has appeared, running across the thigh above the right knee up into groin and tracking down under t...Details

Is it possible to have too many veins treated by way of EVLA?
I'm 30 years old and went in for ultrasound. Apparently, I have about 6 veins in each leg that need to be lasered. They said both GSVs and SSVs, along with some tributaries and perforators. After the ...Details

Can you have sex after sclerotherapy?

Should I have my varicose veins looked at again? Which procedures might be recommended?
I have very ugly varicose veins on my upper thigh that sometimes look tinted. I was told they are too old. Should I have them looked at again? Which procedures might be suggested?

Why do I have a shooting pain in my leg one month after varicose vein surgery?

How are my veins connected and will the ELA procedure benefit me?
I was diagnosed with venous reflux of the GSV, but my biggest varicose vein is on the other side of my leg. I am 23 y/o and I don't know if I should do the treatment or not. I do have some veins showi...Details

Is the advice my doctor is giving me valid?
One yr after saphenous vein ablation and phlebectomy below knee, an ultrasound shows areas of vein still open and many new small red veins at my knee. The Dr said leave alone and won't touch the other...Details

Is it safe to continue taking Beyaz post-ablation? Can the drug lead to DVT?
I had a venous ablation 7 months ago. I'm in pain again and am still wearing compression stockings. I'm seeing my doctor next week, but I was wondering if it's safe to continue taking Beyaz post-ablat...Details

What size veins are ideal for sclerotherapy?
What are reticular veins and what is meant by grade 2? I know what bulging varicose veins are, and I don't have those. However, I have green/blue veins close to the surface that are causing minimum sy...Details

Does sclerotherapy work on blue straight bulging veins on the front of your legs?

I have permanent cramping after having an endovenous laser ablation, what should I do?
I had my greater saphenous and the vein around my calf closed a couple of years ago. Now, I get cramping that lasts for weeks after exercise. I've tried massaging the area, staying hydrated, and lower...Details

Is it normal to have pain and other symptoms when returning to work three weeks after endovenous laser treatment?
I had endovenous laser treatment 3 weeks ago. On my first day back to work ( standing job), the pain set in. Is it normal to experience sore, shooting pain, tightness, stinging, and swelling this long...Details

Can foam sclerotherapy agents be transmitted through my milk to my baby?
I need a pelvic vein embolization using coils and foam sclerotherapy. I have been told that i need to wean my child because the blood/ vein walls behave differently while breastfeeding and that the fo...Details

Are venous reflux ultrasounds more accurate if performed while standing up? Is venous color duplex ultrasound diff from venous reflux ultrasound?
All of my ultrasounds have been done while lying down. I am concerned that the test results may not be as accurate because of that. Can you clarify whether it is best to have a venous reflux exam perf...Details

Can I remove my compression stockings to walk on the treadmill?
It's been 5 day since my 3rd session of sclerotherapy. Can I remove my hose to walk on the treadmill? Otherwise, they keep sagging around my knees. I've been measured for the compression stockings, b...Details

Why am I having pain and aches present so long after endovenous laser treatment?
I had slcerotherapy and an endovenous laser ablation on both my greater saphenous vein and lesser saphenous vein 7 months ago. Since then I have been more symptomatic and have continual aches/throbbin...Details

Does consuming caffeine cause less venous reflux to be found on an ultrasound?
Hello, I am interested in radiofrequency ablation of my greater saphenous veins. Last month an ultrasound showed continuous reflux at both greater saphenous junctions. I had no caffeine that day. I ha...Details

I am a shelf stacker. How long will I need to be off work after having a foam scerotherapy session?

Why would cellulite develop after sclerotherapy? What should I do?!
I had one treatment of slerotherapy on both legs (actually I think it was a double treatment in one) about 8 months ago. Right after the procedure, I noticed patchy swelling. I thought it would get be...Details

Can a leaking leg vein cause me to have irregular periods and affect my fertility?
For 4 years I've had swelling & pain in my left leg & lower back. I had a venous reflux text which showed that there is leakage in my leg. Around the same time I started having irregular periods and h...Details

The treatment site is still lumpy after ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, is this normal?

My ankle is slightly puffy and cold after having two sclerotherapy sessions, what should I do?
After my 2nd sclerotherapy session my left ankle has been slightly puffy and feels cold. The cold goes up to the back of my lower calf. I wear compression hose daily, yet it doesn't seem to help the c...Details

How long does ankle and leg swelling last after endovenous laser ablation?
I had endovenous laser ablation done 3 weeks ago. There was no significant pain, and the follow up ultrasound that was performed a week later showed no signs of deep vein thrombosis. But, I am experie...Details

How can I relieve the pain, tightness and pressure I'm experiencing after endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy?
Six months ago I had a five-inch section of my great saphenous vein treated with sclerotherapy. The procedure was done above the knee. On the same leg, I also had endovenous laser ablation performed o...Details

Must bandages be used after procedure?
I have had Sclerotherapy done on my spider veins in my legs every year from 2004-2009. This was in AZ. After the procedure I would wear compression pantyhose (my own,support pantyhose) for 24 hrs. I h...Details

What should be done about veins that reopen or are partially occluded?
I am an active 45 year old who had endovenous laser ablation done on the great saphenous vein and lesser saphenous vein. After 4 months of complications, I had an ultrasound to determine the source. I...Details

Why are varicose veins appearing on the back of my leg following endovenous laser ablation of the greater saphenous veins?
I had ELA of the greater saphenous veins 5 months ago. Since then I have seen more varicose veins appearing on the back of my thigh. Ultrasound revealed that the treated vein has not reopened and ther...Details

My radiologist won't treat my pelvic congestion syndrome before pregnancy, is this typical?
I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome five years ago. I am most sore during the first few days of my period. During that time, I can't bowel movement without advil, nor can I take car/plan r...Details

I had vein stripping & endovenous laser ablation to get rid of my varicose veins, but neither have produced good results. Why is this?
I had vein stripping and endovenous laser ablation to get rid of my varicose veins, but both have failed to produce results. I've seen a cardiology doctor and had an ultrasound and vein mapping test. ...Details

I may have phlebitis and blisters 1 yr after endovenous laser ablation, are these complications of the procedure?
I have reddish-brown marks, which I suppose is phlebitis. I also have several blisters along my leg. All of this is happening one year after having endovenous laser ablation. Are these complications o...Details

What happens to the Saphenous Vein below the knee after endovenous laser ablation?
After the GSV is lasered shut above the knee, the section from the knee to the foot is sore and feels cord or tube-like. How does this pain resolve? Is the lower half of the vein absorbed as well?

More varicose veins appeared after having endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? Can the surfacing varicose veins be related to the procedure?
I am 28 years old and had endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago on both my long saphenous veins. For the past 2 months I have seen more veins appearing on the back of my thigh and feet. Is this norma...Details

Could VNUS Closure make PCS worse?
After having a MRI with contrast, I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome. I had VNUS closure on my left leg 2 yrs ago. Now, I have horrendous left groin pain, see spots, have strange migraine...Details

Would a purple cervix suggest pelvic congestion syndrome?
If a young woman's cervix was purple and she was not pregnant, would that suggest pelvic congestion syndrome?

I have been diagnosed with pevlic congestion syndrome, should I have an embolization before I get pregnant again?
I am planning for my 2nd child, but was diagnosed this year with pelvic congestion syndrome. I only get pain after long car/plane rides, or during the first few days of my period. I am VERY sore for t...Details

I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome, how painful will delivery be if I get pregnant again?
I was recently diagnosed w/ pelvic congestion syndrome. The varicose veins are in my pelvis, not my ovaries or uterus. Currently, I only feel pain during the first few days of my period. During that t...Details

I have pain in my left leg, could it be varicosed?
For a few months now I've had pain in the vein in my left leg. The leg feels cold sometimes. The pain goes away when I get my periods, and pain comes back when my periods are over. My vitamin D was lo...Details

Why do varicose veins worsen during each pregnancy?

Do you have information on the use/effectiveness of physical therapy with pelvic congestion syndrome?
Do you have information on the use/effectiveness of physical therapy with pelvic congestion syndrome, which is cited on your website. I am having trouble finding information about this throughout the ...Details

An ulcer developed near my ankle 2 wks after laser and sclerotherapy. Will applying a bandage for 2 months help it resolve? Or, what do you suggest?
An ulcer developed near my ankle 2 weeks after laser and sclerotherapy. Here is a picture: The doctor said it would heal by itself if bandaged for 2 mon...Details

I have pain and swelling in my ankles/feet 5 months after endovenous laser ablation, is this normal?
I had endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy 5 mo ago. I have more pain and swelling in my ankles/feet than before treatment. I thought the treatments were supposed to help, but I feel like I am ...Details

My CT scan shows pelvic congestion syndrome but my doc says the scan cannot be used to make the diagnosis, why is that?
My CT scan shows pelvic congestion syndrome. However, my ob/gyn says that although the CT scan shows that, the scan cannot be used to diagnose the syndrome. Why is that? I have been experiencing pelvi...Details

I had a calf tear 6 weeks after my final sclerotherapy treatment, what precautions should I take?
I had a class 2 calf tear from playing kickball. This happened 6 weeks after my final sclerotherapy treatment. The pumping effect of my calf is important post-varicose vein treatment. I will be seeing...Details

Why does it take so long for Neurotin to take effect? Also, are full panty compression stockings more effective and why?
If it takes about 20 mins for an Aleve to take effect, why does it take up to 6 months for Neurotin to take effect like several of you have mentioned? Also, I like to wear thigh-high compression stock...Details

My ability to walk is severely limited, am I at greater risk for blood clots following endovenous laser ablation?
I have a bad hip/peripheral neuropathy and can only walk a few feet at a time. Since I am severely limited in my ability to walk, am I at greater risk for blood clots following endovenous laser ablati...Details

How many injections are needed per vein for Sclerotherapy?
I've seen advertising offering 50 injections for Sclerotherapy for what seems to be a very reasonable price. Since I don't know the surface area of veins that 50 injections could treat I can't ascerta...Details

Is a small hard bump around phlebectomy scar normal?
I had an ambulatory phlebectomy seven weeks ago to remove some veins under my foot. I have a small (small pea) hard lump under one scar. It doesn't seem to hurt. Is this something to be concerned abou...Details

When can I start Bikram yoga again after endovenous laser ablation?
I am going to have endoVenous laser ablation treatment. I go to Bikram yoga where room temperature is 105 degrees. When can I start practicing again?

My doctor said my vein is too large to have sclerotherapy performed first, is this true?
I have a few visible spider veins on my lower leg that I want treated with foam sclerotherapy. However, the doctor wants me to do endovenous laser treatment before the sclerotherapy. According to him,...Details

How can you tell if a saphenous vein has reopened post-laser surgery?

Do I have nerve damage? If so, can it be repaired?
On Jan 18, 2013, I had a varicose vein procedure done. Right after I got home, the pain was so debilitating. I had sharp shooting pain from my knee up to my thigh on my right leg. My doctor stated he ...Details

What do I do about my ELA/sclerotherapy-related symptoms?
I had ELA & sclerotherapy on 4 saph veins same day. After a couple of weeks I started experiencing lots of varied burning, pain, pressure tingling, numbness, and throbbing in my legs/feet. The doctor ...Details

Are the green veins that I have throughout my body normal?
I have a lot of green veins on my legs, calves, even my arms and other parts of my body. Are those on my legs reticular veins, or could they be normal veins? They are very obvious. I never had them un...Details

Do I have reticular veins, or are they normal?
I have many green, visible veins all over body. Could these be normal veins, or are these reticular veins? I've had them since my pregnancy, but I was always a quite veiny person anyway.

Why is a duplex ultrasound necessary before vein treatment?
An in-office hand-held Doppler ultrasound found bilateral venous reflux. Despite wearing compression stockings, I have significant pain each night after work (sitting, standing for long periods). Why ...Details

I have spider veins and reticular leg veins, is jogging going to make the spider veins worsen or help?

Why can't I take ibuprofen during treatments?
I am having trouble walking without limping due to the soreness of the injection sites. If I take ibuprofen (400 mg) once or twice a day, it aids me in my walking. Otherwise, I just want to lie down a...Details

How long does it take to see results from sclerotherapy? How can I tell if the treatment is working?
Nearly 3 weeks ago I had sclerotherapy performed on the reticular veins in one of my legs. The second leg was treated 1 week ago. How long should it take to see results and how do I tell if is working...Details

Should I have another vein embolization done?
I had an ovarian vein embolization done 5 months ago and now the pain is back worse than before. Should I consider having another one done, or is a hysterectomy a better option?

I've seen no change in my ELA-related symptom after taking Neurontin, is this normal?
Three years after having an endovenous laser ablation procedure that left my lower leg tingling, I have decided to take Neurontin 100mg 3 /day. It's been 4 days now with no change! Is it normal? I ...Details

Do I have pelvic congestion syndrome?
I am a 31 year old with irritable bowel syndrome. On average, I take 20 minutes in the bathroom. At age 25 I had baby and at the end of the pregnancy, I felt pressure inside my canal every time I went...Details

Why do I need to wait two weeks after EVLA to begin lifting heavy weights?
I understand that I should't be working out my legs (squats, etc.), but how would working my upper body have any affect on the success of the endovenous laser ablation? Does it have anything to do wi...Details

How do I prevent recanalization of large veins following sclerotherapy?
To treat my varicocele I had sclerotherapy with polidicanol 5% to close the large veins. Days later, I got the flu. I am worried that my heavy cough and anti-inflammatory vegetarian diet will cause th...Details

I have burning pain at my incision site, is this normal?
I have burning pain at my incision site 3 weeks after endovenous laser ablation. It isn't constant, just when it is touched or rubbed. Could this be nerve damage or a hair follicle that is irritated f...Details

I still have pain 7 weeks after endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy, why is this?
I had EVLT on the saphenous vein in my thigh 7 weeks ago and schlerotherapy in my calf. I still have deep aching, burning, tightness in thigh and thrombophlebitis in my calf. Deep vein thrombosis was ...Details

After sclerotherapy, when can I switch to a lower grade compression stocking?
It's been 10 days since I had sclerotherapy. I have been wearing 30-40 mmHg compression stockings. When can I switch to 20-40 mmHg compression?

I have severe pain below my knee when after running, is this normal following laser vein surgery?
I had laser vein surgery two months ago and it went well. There were no problems until now. I have been having a lot of pain below my knee after running, and it gets so bad I can't walk. Is this norma...Details

A vein surgeon found 5 areas of my leg that require treatment, but he plans to treat them one at a time. Is he trying to cheat me?
I visited a doctor today and he found five areas (mostly on the same vein) of my leg that require treatment. He wants to treat each area one at a time, which would mean 5 separate surgeries. It appear...Details

Is it normal to have progressive pain and tightness two weeks after EVLA?
I was told to wear compression stockings for two weeks after the endovenous laser ablation and now when I take them off the muscles are painful and there is tightness in one leg and a sharp pain behin...Details

I recently had clots in my femoral and superficial veins, should I be worried?
I recently had clots form in my femoral and superficial veins, which was noted on my weekly follow up. Although I was given Lovenox injections, I'm still freaking out. Should I be concerned?

Can cervical ablation treat pelvic congestion syndrom?
I recently had an emergency c-section and when the doctor cut me open, he found that I have a bad case of varicose veins on my uterus. It is so bad that my OB/GYN is worried I will one day just bleed ...Details

How soon can I resume physical activities after sclerotherapy?

Can you feel pelvic varices?

How many foot veins are safe to inject at one time? Can too much sclerotherapy cause damage?

Can I take off my compression stockings at night after 72 hrs?

Have I done any damage to my veins or have I affected the sclerotherapy procedure by being in the sun tanning?
I had my first sclerotherapy session 2 weeks ago. Everything is normal after the procedure; however, I just spent 2 days at the beach. Can tanning damage the treated veins or affect the results of the...Details

I have a varicose vein in my left leg and telangiectasia on my left foot, what should I do?
I have a varicose vein in my left leg and telangiectasia on my left foot. Other than that I have no complications. What should I do about these problems? How do I correct them?

New veins are appearing after my endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago, what does this mean?
I had endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago on my long saphenous vein. Since my surgery, I have noticed more lumpy veins have come up on my leg around my knee and on the front of my leg. The vein tha...Details

My mother's doctor recommended an iodine therapy to treat her varicose veins, is this the appropriate treatment or is there something better?
My mother has been suffering from varicose veins since she was born. She is now 49 years old. We are Chinese. The Chinese doctor we consulted with suggested a therapy using iodine, but my mother has t...Details

What risks are associated with phlebectomies and radiofrequency ablation if I have diabetes?
I have type 2 diabetes that is not well controlled (hba1c is 11). I'm having radiofrequency ablation & a stab phlebectomy. I'm concerned about anesthesia and wound healing. What are the risks based on...Details

What are the pros and cons of having EVLA now versus later?
An ultrasound shows I have 5mm-7mm varicosities in my calf w/ reflux. I am mildly symptomatic (heavy, achy). Do I have endovenous laser ablation now, or wait until it gets worse? I would like to hear ...Details

I have just been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome, will it get worse as I go through menopause? Will having a hysterectomy relieve my pain?
I have been in pain for a long time and finally have a diagnosis for my pain. At 50 years old, I have been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome. Will the condition get worse as I go through menop...Details

Why wouldn't my veins fully close after endovenous laser ablation?
I had EVLA 8 months ago. My legs are still sore from knee to ankle when light pressure is applied. I had a 7-month ultrasound which shows the veins failed to close from my knee to ankle. I'm 30 yrs ol...Details

Is it normal to have permanent pain after having extensive sclerotherapy done on all blue surface veins?
I had all my blue surface veins injected October 2012, leaving me in severe pain that caused me to go mental. After the procedure, my foot was severely inflamed. It eventually settled after 4 months b...Details

If my problematic saphenous veins are treated, will my other bulging veins disappear as well?
I am a very active 37-year-old female. I am having bilateral endovenous laser ablation of my saphenous veins. Will my other bulging veins disappear as well? Or, will I need further treatment to remove...Details

How long should I take off work for the EVLA procedure? When can I resume sex?
I'm a very active 37-year-old female. I will be having bilateral endovenous laser ablation. I have a desk job and am wondering how much time I should take off work after the procedure. How long before...Details

Can varicose vein removal cause the treated leg to become fatter and discolored?
I had a varicose vein removed from my right leg 22 years ago. That leg is fatter than the left leg (which was not treated) and is a different color. Is this common?

Is it normal for a surgeon to charge a high fee before you've been scheduled or pre-approved for surgery?
I have yet to be scheduled or pre-approved for vein surgery, but I've been asked to asked to pay a fee of $295 to cover injections used during the procedure. This does not sound right. Is this normal?...Details

I had endovenous laser ablation 3 months ago but still have groin pain and some numbness after exercising, should I be concerned?
I had endovenous laser ablation 3 months ago but still have groin pain after I exercise. In addition, I also occasionally have a heavy or numb feeling in the leg. It goes away 1-2 days after the exerc...Details

Is it normal to still have minor bruising 7 months after varicose vein surgery?

I have cold spots and random aches 13 days after sclerotherapy, is this normal?
I had sclerotherapy 13 days ago. Since then, I've worn the compression hose as recommended, taking them off when I'm sleeping. I keep getting random aches at the ankle & lower calf and have cold spots...Details

Is burning in the foot normal during the laser portion of EVLA?
I had endovenous laser ablation on my left leg yesterday (the right leg will be treated in 5 days). During the laser portion of the procedure there was intense intermittent burning in my foot. I am cu...Details

My varicose and spider veins look worse than they did before sclerotherapy, is this normal?
I had varicose and spider veins treated with sclerotherapy over 6 months ago. I still have dark pigmentation and bruising, and new veins have appeared near the injection sites. It looks so much worse ...Details

I need EVLA, is it better to go to a group practice or an office with a single vascular surgeon?
I recently had an evaluation performed on my left leg by a vascular surgeon who is the only specialist in the office. Across the hall, however, is a group practice that is dedicated to vein removal. W...Details

Is sclerotherapy the right treatment for buldging veins on the feet, or is there a better procedure?
I have bulging veins on my feet that concern me health-wise. Can they be treated using sclerotherapy? Or, is there a better procedure for this particular area?

Could I possibly have pelvic congestion syndrome?
I had a total hysterectomy 10+ years ago. For the past 5 years or so, I've had chronic abdominal pain on the lower right side. A MRI, CT scan and sonograms were performed but the tests came back negat...Details

Sclerotherapy did not work on my spider veins, is there another procedure that can rid them?
I tried sclerotherapy and saw no results. I never shorts, but would like to. Is there another procedure that could rid my spider veins?

Are large facial veins treatable with sclerotherapy?
I've been seeking out a laser center and plastic surgeon in Dayton who will treat my large facial veins, but with no success. They've informed me that operating on large veins near the eye socket/chee...Details

Why do I have pain behind my left knee (back of leg, not kneecap)?
I had endovenous laser treatment last week (~50 cm strip behind my left leg, 72 hr f/u sono and no clotting evident). Bruising is resolving nicely but the entry point for the laser fiber is sore and p...Details

Does pelvic congestion syndrome affect pregnancy?
I'm 6 weeks pregnant now and suspect that I have pelvic congestion syndrome. Could this condition affect my baby in any way?

My leg still looks the same as it did before the endovenous laser ablation, is this normal?
I am concerned that my procedure did not go as planned. The day after having an endovenous laser ablation my leg still looked the same. Is this normal? How long before I see cosmetic improvement?

My legs are numb and tingly after having EVLT and sclerotherapy, will these feelings ever go away?
I had endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy performed on both the greater and lessor saphenous veins of my legs. It was done on the same day. After a couple of weeks I started feeling numbness ...Details

Can veins become varicose again two years after having an endovenous laser ablation and varicocele embolization?
I had a varicocele embolization to treat pain due to a left-sided varicocele. Additionally, I had an endovenous laser ablation to treat painful varicose veins in my left leg. About two years later, I ...Details

Following endovenous laser ablation, does my blood clot risk increase if I am thin?
I would like to have endovenous laser Ablation.I have a thin leg. I am 5' 1" and weigh 90 lbs. My doctor said I have a blood clot risk of 1%. Does my blood clot risk grow higher because I am thin, or ...Details

What are the dangers of pelvic congestion syndrome, particularly after a hysterectomy?
I am 46 years old and had a hysterectomy/endometriosis excision. After the procedures I was told that I also have pelvic congestion syndrome. Should I be concerned about any other health risks associa...Details

Is it normal to have varicose veins at 21 years old?
I am 21 years old and within the past four years I have developed spider veins and large veins that are visible in my legs. They are also elevated over my shins. Varicose veins run in my family, but i...Details

Can an ovarian vein embolization cause a woman's period to be irregular?
About 4 weeks ago I had an ovarian vein embolization (10 coils). I haven't had a period since, which is odd because my menstrual was very regular before. However, I have experienced all of the sympto...Details

After sclerotherapy my spider veins faded but not my varicose vein, is this normal?
I had sclerotherapy roughly 6 weeks ago. While the spider veins have all faded, the varicose vein did not. It's actually darker and more visible now. Is this a normal occurrence following sclerotherap...Details

Should compression hose or wraps be used after sclerotherapy treatment?
I am preparing for my first sclerotherapy treatment. One doctor definitely believes in using some form of compression after the procedure, but another does not. What's your take? Should compression be...Details

I still have pain 7 months after an endovenous laser ablation, is this normal?
I had a bilateral endovenous laser ablation almost 7 months ago and still have some numbness in one of the distal sites. More worrisome are the tender spots on the inside of my legs. It is quite tende...Details

If one ovary has varicose veins, it is possible for pain to occur on the opposite side?
I have had abdominal pain for over 3 years. The pain is severe and cramping primarily occurs on the lower right side. It has gotten worse in the last few months. I've had an appendectomy, and my colon...Details

Can a patient with Wegener's vasculitis be treated with sclerotherapy?
If a patient has Wegener's vasculitis and is taking methotrexate to treat it, can he/she have sclerotherapy with sotradecol?

Is it safe to take the morning-after pill (Plan B) one to two weeks after endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy?

How long can I expect to have bruises after an endovenous laser ablation?

I have a red bump and tender spot following varicose vein surgery, is this normal?
I just had varicose vein surgery on my right leg. This is the first of two procedures. It's been about five days and a red bump/extremely tender spot has formed a couple inches away from the treatment...Details

Years after having a sclerotherapy treatment, my leg constantly burns. Should I be concerned?
I had sclerotherapy four to five years ago. My leg is constantly burning and is further aggravated by being on my feet a lot at work. Should I be concerned?

Is it common to only receive microphlebectomy and no ablation?
I just had venous ablation and microphlebectomy on my left leg. As for the right leg, I ONLY had microphlebectomy. The doctor did not perform a venous ablation on that leg because he does believe the ...Details

Is it normal for my foot and leg to cramp after endovenous laser treatment?
Six weeks ago I had an endovenous laser treatment on the saphenous vein in my left leg. While I've been walking OK, I tend to get cramps/hot sensation in my foot and leg, especially at night. Is this ...Details

After endovenous laser ablation, when can I resume my workouts on the treadmill, elliptical machine and stairmaster?

Eight weeks after laser surgery, my leg still hurts when I run. How long will it take for my leg to heal and when can I get back to my normal run?

What are the long-term risks associated with sclerotherapy?
I read an article that stated that sclerotherapy used to treat spider veins could lead to valve incompetence in healthy veins as the sclerosant can leave the treated area and disperse throughout the v...Details

Is it OK to use an elastic bandage instead of compression stockings following sclerotherapy?
I had a sclerotherapy treatment, but instead of being prescribed compression stockings, my doctor advised me to use an elastic bandage. Is the bandage just as effective as compression stockings?

I still have pain 16 days after a saphenous vein ablation, should I be concerned?
Ten days after my great saphenous vein ablation I noticed deep pain on my inner thigh and a red line along the vein. I saw my doctor on the 12th day and he was not worried. But now 16 days post-op, th...Details

I had varicose vein surgery 4 years ago, should I still have pain while exercising?
I had varicose veins stripped from my groin to my ankle 4 years ago. I ride horses and exercise regularly. However, the leg that was treated seems to be a lot weaker. I also get quite a bit of pain al...Details

A red spot and bump developed after I drove 24 hours without a compression stocking, could this be a blood clot?
In January I had an endovenous laser ablation and a phlebectomy. I was healing fine until I drove a total of 24 hrs in 2 weeks without wearing my compression stocking. Now, I have pain and a red spot/...Details

Is it normal to have pain in the lower left arm and numbness in the hands after endovenous laser ablation? Could it be a blood clot?

Could the lump that has formed under my skin after sclerotherapy be trapped blood?
Two weeks after having a sclerotherapy treatment, a lump developed under the skin. It is slightly red and sore to the touch. There's also bruising around the treated area. Could this be trapped blood?

I have peripheral arterial disease and my ankle-brachial index is < 0.7 in both legs, can I have endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation?

Can endovenous laser ablation be performed on varicose veins below the knee?

I have large ropey veins in the back of my knee following endovenous laser ablation, should I try sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy?

My leg is extremely itchy and uncomfortable one week after endovenous laser ablation, what should I do?

Are there any downsides to endovenous laser ablation?
I have chronic venous insufficiency and just learned I need a greater saphenous vein (GSV) ablation. Other than blood clots, are there any downsides or side effects associated with endovenous laser ab...Details

How long does it take for a wound and scar to heal post-endovenous laser ablation?
I had a place on my leg that would profusely bleed before my endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy. I was hoping that the scabbed area would go away, but it's been two weeks since my surgery and a...Details

How long will my feet and ankles be swollen after endovenous laser ablation?

Can anticoagulants affect the outcome of my endovenous laser ablation procedure?
I plan to have endovenous laser ablation and scherotherapy. Over the years, I have had a few surface blood clots but no deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The doctor plans to have me take Lovenox injections ...Details

I had severe groin pain after endovenous laser ablation, should I worry?
During an endovenous laser ablation treatment, the doctor said my veins were large and that he had to juice up the energy from 50 to 90. I paged the doctor that night because I was having severe groin...Details

Why would my greater saphenous vein and the veins in the back of my thighs bulge if my ultrasound was normal and no reflux was found?
I am thin and have had prominent calf veins for years without pain. I began working out and now my greater saphenous vein and the veins in the back of my thighs bulge. I have pain in my legs that I fe...Details

Why is there so much scarring from ambulatory phlebectomy?
A friend of mine had ambulatory phlebectomy and now her leg is scarred from about 50 little incisions that never really healed. Everything online says "minimal" scarring, but is that really true? It w...Details

When stents are used for leg surgery, do they come in only one length or does the doctor add several stents?

Can varicose vein surgery make my penis bigger and longer?

Is it common to have an exam that show deep vein reflux but no superficial varicose veins or swelling?
Having had two separate exams done, one showed deep vein reflux and one showed nothing. I have no superficial varicose veins and no swelling, but do have pain in my legs and burning in my feet on and ...Details

Can I have endovenous laser ablation on both the greater and lesser saphenous vein?
I have extensive varicose veins on both legs. I've had them in my calves for years with no pain. Recently, high-impact exercise has resulted in bulging veins on my inner thighs and ankles, which can b...Details

Can I tan post-radiofrequency ablation?
I had radiofrequency ablation recently - the last procedure was 3 weeks ago. I am now concerned about being in the sun. I have a trip to Mexico in 3 weeks and am concerned about how my skin will react...Details

Is it important to wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy? If so, why?

What are my risks with EVLA if I have a protein S deficiency?
I'm 42 years old but had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) at age 9. I've had no others since, but have some unsightly veins and edema if I walk/run over a few miles. It also happens sometimes when I am sl...Details

If an EVLA procedure fails, should it be fixed free of charge?
I had endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) done 6 months ago and I am still suffering in pain. I believe the vein failed to close completely, as I had a large amount of blood removed 3 months after my pro...Details

How can one avoid varicose and spider veins?

What sensation or feeling should one expect after ELA of the saphenous vein and for how long?
Three weeks ago I had endovenous laser ablation of the saphenous vein. I have a pulling sensation. Is this normal? How long with the feeling last?

The leg that was treated with endovenous laser ablation falls asleep soon after sitting down, is this normal?
I am two weeks out from endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and have had several complications that my physician has seen me for. A blood clot was ruled out but now the leg that had the procedure falls a...Details

After EVLA it feels like I have a rock in the sole of my foot, how do I get rid of that feeling?
I had endovenous laser ablation (EVA) 1 month ago on the back of my knee. I felt a sharp pain to my big toe during the injections and as the laser started, I felt a sharp pain to my small toes and the...Details

Should I wait until I am older to get the endovenous laser ablation procedure?
I am a 24 y/o active female who has incompetent great saphenous veins in both legs. Can you advise if I should wait to close them via laser ablation or have it done ASAP? I have unsightly varicose vei...Details

Can sclerotherapy be performed on the varicose veins around my knees?

Can sclerotherapy be performed on large varicose veins?

What can I do for a second degree burn I received as a result of sclerotherapy?
A trainee performed sclerotherapy on my lower leg, while a PA injected my upper leg. Polidocanol was used. Though they worked simultaneously, they operated independently and without supervision. I now...Details

Is it safe to have a C-section if you're diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome?

Can I cut the feet off of my compression stockings?
I just had the sclerotherapy procedure today. I would love to cut off the feet of my compression stockings. I feel like it would be much more comfortable. Would that defeat the purpose?

How long will it take for my EVLA-related symptoms to go away?
I had endovenous laser ablation to the great saphenous vein in order to treat my varicose veins. Four months later, I still have some burning, stinging and bruising along the "track" area. Is this nor...Details

Can exercise, such as Yoga and Pilates, ease symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome?

Why am I still experiencing swelling more than two years after EVLA?
I had the endovenous laser ablation procedure over two years ago. Initially there was some swelling, but it improved with compression hose. I no longer wear the hose and today I measured my leg. The ...Details

If something was seriously wrong after EVLA, would I know it?
I had endovenous laser ablation to the great saphenous vein 4 months ago and still have some stinging/burning on a daily basis. It more so occurs when standing. If something was seriously wrong would ...Details

I had EVLA seven months ago and the doctor won't offer any solutions for my symptoms, what should I do?
I had endovenous laser ablation on both legs last August, yet the swelling and aching persists long after treatment. The MD who treated me is more or less ignoring the issues. I can't live like this, ...Details

Should I have been given anticoagulants after sclerotherapy?
I was treated for a large vein that was pressing on the ankle region and causing a chronic ulcer. I have a history of bilateral deep vein thrombosis (DVT), post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) 80% occlusion...Details

The "track" in my leg still feels bruised and stingy 4 months after EVLT, will this go away?
I had laser ablation of the great saphenous vein to help with varicose veins in my shin area. That was on 11/29/12. Nearly four months later, the "track" still feels bruised and stingy at times. Will ...Details

Is embolization the only option to relieve pelvic congestion sydrome?
I have pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) and am concerned that the coils might migrate to other parts of my body after embolization. Is embolization my only option?

I have a varicose vein that runs down my thigh, is sclerotherapy the best procedure for this?
I am a 25-year-old female who is a runner. There is a varicose vein that runs from the middle of my thigh down to the mid-calf. Is sclerotherapy an effective option?

Is it normal to form a clot in the saphenous vein after EVLT?
I had an endovenous laser treatment ( EVLT) a week ago and today the doctor found a clot in my saphenous vein. It is pretty close to the saphenofemoral junction. They prescribed baby aspirin and a fol...Details

Can I file an appeal if my insurance company refuses to cover my vein surgery?
I pay $1,000 a month for my insurance policy with BCBS, yet they will not cover ANY of my vein issues. I am in terrible pain all the time, my knee and calf are very swollen and it's affecting my walk....Details

Can sclerotherapy treat varicose veins that have been scarred due to old clots?
I have seen two vascular surgeons. Both said that my varicose veins have been scarred due to old clots and that EVLT or VNUS closure may not be possible. One suggested ligation, while the other recomm...Details

I'm having severe pain following an endovenous laser ablation, is this normal?
I had the endovenous laser ablation procedure 10 days ago. Last night I got a stabbing pain and it felt like my skin tore from the inside. I thought after a night of sleep the pain would go away, but ...Details

Is it true that a person can develop lumps in their leg after endovenous laser ablation?

Can a person die from blood clots after a varicose vein treatment?
I am getting ready to have a varicose vein treatment but am afraid that I may develop blood clots and die. What should I do? Thanks.

What are the long-term effects after treatment or removal of deep varicose veins?

I had an injury two weeks after endovenous laser ablation, will everything be OK?
I had the endovenous laser ablation done 14 days ago. Recently, I was playing around with my kids and stomped my foot really hard. Now there is a really sore spot and my leg has a burning sensation al...Details

If I get the EVLA procedure, will my varicose veins get worse after I become pregnant?
I've had varicose veins since the age of 12. I am now 28 years old with an insufficient sapheno-femoral valve. If I get the EVLA procedure, will the veins get worse after I become pregnant?

Where does the blood go after the saphenous vein has been ablated?
How is blood drawn upwards if there is no superficial (saphenous) vein that would do that? What does this change mean to the body? Is all the blood transferred by the deep vein or the new collateral v...Details

Is sclerotherapy safe for patients with factor V Leiden?
If sclerotherapy is not safe for patients with factor V Leiden, then what what is the most effective way to treat reticular and spider veins on the lateral legs?

How will pelvic congestion syndrome affect my sex life?
I am 20 years old and recently married the love of my life (a deployed marine). I also learned that I have pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS). How will this effect my sex life? Is sex just a bad idea wi...Details

Can I have an ugly, but 'normal' vein removed from my bicep for cosmetic reasons?
I've always had a very ugly vein on my right bicep. I am sure it is perfectly normal and not varicose. It does not protrude, but is a very dark blue and is just below the surface. Would it be possible...Details

I have all the symptoms of PCS, can I become pregnant if I have an embolization?
I haven't become pregnant yet, but have been trying. My periods are never regular and I suffer from pain when I walk, drive, pass wind, laugh or do just about anything. I have all the symptoms of pelv...Details

Will pelvic congestion syndrome go away when I begin menopause?

My ultrasound showed no reflux, so why am I experiencing a lot of pain?
Compression stockings seem to help some, but there are days where I am not sure. I have classic vein symptoms, such as pain in the calves and the back of the upper thigh. However, after a duplex ultra...Details

Will untreated spider veins become leg ulcers?
I've heard spider veins will cause leg ulcers if untreated. Is this accurate?

How long should I wait to have my spider veins removed following foam sclerotherapy?
I had EVLT and foam sclerotherapy on my right leg. My Dermatologist suggested using laser to remove spider veins and other discoloration. He would only do this once the underlying problem (reflux) cor...Details

Does a venous Doppler exam also check for arterial dieseases?
I know there is vein disease and arterial diseases that can cause leg pain. When someone has a duplex ultrasound done are the arteries and veins both checked for issues?

What is the protocol regarding ultrasound after sclerotherapy and laser ablation?
Should ultrasound be done at regular intervals to ensure that treated veins have remained closed? What is the protocol regarding ultrasound after sclerotherapy and laser ablation?

Which is better, foam sclerotherapy or liquid sclerotherapy?
I am so excited to finally rid my hands and arms of bulging veins from thin skin. I understand some risks are involved bubbles from a small amount of sclerosant foam can appear in the heart or brain,...Details

How likely is it for a blood clot to form if you have pelvic congestion syndrome?
I am going to see an interventional radiologist to talk about embolization, but I wonder how likely it is for a blood clot to form if you have PCS (pelvic congestion syndrome).

How long will it take for the veins in my legs to disappear after endovenous laser ablation?
I had an endovenous laser ablation procedure done 5 days ago. I am bruised and extremely sore, even when I walk. I am currently wearing support stockings. Will some of the ugly veins in my legs disapp...Details

Is it better to have an embolization before or after pregnancy?
My doctor says that I can either get an embolization or a hysterectomy, but they would leave in my ovaries. He says I need to decide if I want more kids even if I go with embolization because I should...Details

Shouldn't I be able to see varicose veins on the surface of my leg?
If I have varicose veins that can be treated, shouldn't I be able to see them on the surface of my leg? Or, can you have refluxing veins that aren't obvious to the eye?

Can very mild reflux cause lots of pain in the legs?
I've had two separate venous ultrasounds done at two different clinics. Neither showed much reflux, yet symptoms still persist. Can very mild reflux cause lots of pain in legs or is this typically onl...Details

Is a MRI contrast safe when you have reflux in the femoral deep vein?
I have had swelling above the knee for 3 months. An ultrasound found no deep vein thrombosis (DVT), just reflux in the femoral deep vein. The doctor told me to have a MRI of the left leg with contrast...Details

How soon is it safe to have a fat reduction or skin tightening procedure after sclerotherapy?
There are treatments for fat reduction such as i-Lipo or CoolTec and body contouring such as laser rejuvenation body tightening. After one sclerotherapy session, when is it safe to have a fat reductio...Details

Should my legs hurt 2 years after varicose vein surgery?
I had varicose vein surgery two years ago. My legs hurt terribly every day. Is this normal?

Can endovenous laser ablation treat a vulvar varicose vein?
I have been to 2 vascular surgeons, but they only seem interested in taking care of the varicose vein in my leg that is causing pain to my ankle. My vulvar varicose vein is increasingly painful and sw...Details

Is it common for two specialists to see two different things in an ultrasound?
I had an ultrasound done and was told I have deep vein reflux, but when I went to Mayo they found nothing other than a small superficial vein. I have leg pain in my calves, shins and upper legs. There...Details

What happens when varicose veins are not treated with surgery?
If surgery for varicose veins is not done, what will be the result? What problems will occur?

Is swelling, numbness and pain common after varicose vein surgery?
I had varicose vein surgery eight months ago on my left leg but it is still slightly swollen, numb, red and painful. Will the symptoms eventually go away? Will it be OK?

When is swelling above the knee a concern?
I have swelling above the left knee, which was noticed 3 months ago. I had an ultrasound that revealed no deep vein thrombosis (DVT), just vein reflux and stasis. I've been wearing compression stockin...Details

Should I still have pain one year after endovenous laser ablation?
I have a heavy feeling in my groin and legs since the endovenous laser ablation surgery I had a year ago. The pain can be severe on days where I am on my feet a lot. My feet also hurt. All symptoms st...Details

What credentials do I look for in a doctor that performs sclerotherapy on hand veins?
I would rather a doctor instead of a MA perform sclerotherapy on the bulging veins in my hands. Are there many doctors that perform this procedure? If so, what credentials do I look for?

How painful is an embolization treatment in the labia to treat a venous malformation?
How painful is an embolization treatment in the labia to treat a venous malformation? Is it true that the venous malformation will return after an embolization? If so, how soon? Is there a significant...Details

What causes weakened blood vessel walls and incompetent valves within the vein?
What causes weakened blood vessel walls and incompetent valves within the vein? Are the veins in my heart weak? Should I be worried about this? I have had my large veins and small veins injected. The ...Details

What's the best procedure to treat blue and bulging veins on my ankle?
What method of vein removal is ideal for the ankle area?

Could my condition be a symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome?
I get a terrible pain in my upper right thigh, with swelling a week or so prior to my periods. I am 45 years old. Could this be a symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome?

Could my inflamed gums be due to a recent endovenous laser ablation procedure?
I still have pain two months after having an endovenous laser ablation procedure. My doctor says it is inflammation. Could it be something else? What can I do? I have already tried two courses of pred...Details

What is your take on ambulatory phlebectomy?
Over the past 3 years I was diagnosed with insufficient circulation due to weakened veins. The doctors told me there was no medicine and that the only alternatives are compression stockings or an ambu...Details

Could endovenous laser ablation get rid of the swelling I'm having?
I had deep vein thrombosis six years ago. What can I do to get rid of the swelling I still have because my valves are shot? I was told there was a procedure to close off that vein. Could endovenous la...Details

Is embolization a good treatment option for venous malformations in the labia?
Embolization has been recommended to treat venous malformations in the labia. What can be expected after the procedure besides three weeks of pain? How soon will the venous malformations return? Is it...Details

Can sclerotherapy become toxic if you have too many injections?
Can sclerotherapy become toxic if you have too many injections? What would the side effects be?

What are the typical symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
I have pelvic congestion syndrome. Is discharge one of the symptoms? What are the typical symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome apart from pain?

Can severe reflux in common femoral vein be caused by obstruction in the pelvic veins?
I'm 24 weeks pregnant and had venous doppler of low extremities to rule out DVT due to swelling in left thigh. It showed no clots, but showed that I have severe reflux in common femoral and femoral ve...Details

Can I get sclerotherapy on the veins in my legs soon after breast augmentation?
I'm in a time crunch because I'm moving overseas next month. I wanted to do sclerotherapy on the veins in my legs, but I just had breast augmentation surgery three days ago. I feel fine and I have a c...Details

Can Endovenous Laser Ablation be done after a knee replacement?
My husband had 2 knee replacements and gets frequent cellulitis in his leg that has poor circulation. Is the Edovenous Laser Ablation procedure safe in these circumstances? Will it help reduce getting...Details

Is throbbing pain normal 10 weeks after EVL Ablation?
I had 2 separate EVL Ablations 10 weeks ago. I am now having the original achy/throbbing pain resuming in the back of my leg behind my knee. It's the same discomfort that the MD diagnosed as valvular ...Details

Is foot pain normal after Sclerotherapy?
I had sclerotherapy in the right leg 5 days ago. Last night I had foot pain and couldn't stand on the foot. Today is better but it still hurts. I called my doctor and he said the spider veins treated ...Details

Why would I have moderate tingling in the bottom of my heel and foot after sclerotherapy? Is it permanent?
During the procedure my right foot/heel began to tingle. I noticed it was there on and off after the procedure, which was 4 days ago. Today it has worsened, and at times my heel is burning. It has bee...Details

Should I be elevating and icing my leg after a phlebectomy?
I just had a phlebectomy done at 3pm, and have increasing pain and throbbing.Norco and Ibuprofen are not doing much! I have been elevating my leg and icing it to help with the pain, but it's not getti...Details

If I wear compression hose, can I forego the cotton balls and tape required after Sclerotherapy?
I get cuts/reactions to the tape, so I'd rather remove them when I get home a few hours after the sclerotherapy treatment, instead of after the recommended 24 hours. If I'm still wearing compression h...Details

How much sodium tetradecyl sulfate in the body is safe?
I have numerous visible blue veins on chest, arms, hips and legs. My sclerotherapist said these can all be injected with sclerosant in one day. Is it safe to have that much slerosant in my body at on...Details

Are there longterm post-EVLT restrictions regarding weight training?
I had EVLT procedure done about six years ago. Everything was fine up until recently when I started to do heavy weight training exercises with my trainer. I've noticed that my varicose veins started s...Details

What would be the best treatment for pelvic congestion, considering that I've had a complete hysterectomy?
I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome in 2007. After having a total hysterectomy, I got a second opinion and found out I still have a working ovary, though my med reports say they where both...Details

I have clot in my upper thigh of the greater saphenous vein which is varicose. What should I do?
One doctor said to do nothing, may be more risky. Another said to ligate at groin and ankle and leave vein in. Why such differing opinions? What can I expect I have vein ligated?

Is there a varicose vein penis treatment?
I am 21 years old and recently I have developed a varicose vein on my penis. The vein gives me slight discomfort. I am not sexually active. How can I fix this vein? Is there any medication or procedur...Details

I'm 20 weeks pregnant with #3 and wear a v2 supporter daily, but my symptoms are still worsening. What other compression devices are available?
The veins are continuing to worsen and spread down my inner thigh and throughout my pelvic, buttocks, and groin region. What type of supports are available to use now in addition to the v2 supporter? ...Details

How long does the effect last from endovenous laser treatment?

How long after foam sclerotherapy injections will it take the vein hardening to resolve?

Can I take a long road trip after having ELA?
Can I drive for 9 hours a day for 2 days after having ELA, or would you advise against that?

What should I do if I recently found out I have varicose veins on my uterus?
Ultrasound revealed varicose veins on uterus, but my uterus is normal size. I have never been pregnant. I experience a lot of pelvic pain. If I should become pregnant, would there be complications? S...Details

Can you use sclerotherapy to get rid of dark under-eye veins?
I have very dark veins under my eyes and cannot seem to find a doctor who will use sclerotherapy to get rid of them. They either want to do lasers or surgery, which is too expensive! Do you recommend ...Details

How long after pregnancy should I wait to have treatments?
I have developed what I think are spider veins during my second and current pregnancy. I want to have them treated but I was wondering how long after delivery I should wait to seek treatment.

Can you explain blood clots related to superficial vein thrombosis?
I am thinking about having foam sclerotherapy and I was once told by a doctor that the blood will clot from the foam and then the foam shrinks the vein. Can you explain this process? How long does the...Details

Can you offer advice on options for a non-healing vein wound?
My husband had varicose vein surgery a dvt (aug 2011), and a bleed from a vein (may 2012), which has left a non-healing wound. We are currently struggling to get the infection under control. He is a ...Details

After laser surgery how long do you wait to have sex?

Will dark Lines after vein ablation fade?
I had vein ablation done 3 months ago. I have scar tissue that I can feel under my skin, but it is the dark lines going from both incisions that are not fading. Will this ever fade? It looks worse t...Details

Is it OK to take standard multivitamins during schlerotherapy?
Is it alright to take standard multivitamins during schlerotherapy, or will this affect results? (I read that Vitamin E is not good during treatment, and multi-vitamins contain some Vitamin E.)

What causes Venous Malformation?
What causes a Venous Malformation (VM) to develop in the labia area at age 50? Do high or low levels of estrogen & progesterone cause the VM to get bigger? Will the VM shrink or get bigger during meno...Details

Does the amount of time in between sclerotherapy treatments make a difference?
I've done a few treatments at one month apart each and would like to continue, but I have to go out of town for a while and must postpone my treatments until I get back (pushing the next treatment to ...Details

Can pain and swelling in ankles be from varicose veins?
I have varicose veins. For the past two months I have had severe pain and swelling in my ankles. I have no arthritis. Can the pain and swelling be from the varicose veins? Am to have a venous reflux e...Details

Can sclerotherapy cause an allergic reaction in the eyelids and create baggy eyes?
I had sclerotherapy one week ago and ever since then have woken up each morning with swollen eyelids and baggy eyes. It has gotten progressively worse. It would seem to be an allergic reaction. Is th...Details

Two weeks after I had and ovarian vein embolization the pain is worse. Is this normal?
My radiologist put coils on the main left ovarian vein. He said the procedure was a success and that was the only varicose vein. I felt great after the procedure but then two weeks later the pain is w...Details

What age do you have to be to have a sclerotherapy treatment?

If you have already had the coil surgery done but had two more babies after, is there a chance that there are more veins? I have varicose veins now.

Is hysterectomy after vein embolization with coils possible?
I am 31-years-old and have to have a complete hysterectomy. I had a vein embolization for PCS in which platinum coils were placed on the left side. My surgeon said that he may not be able to do it lap...Details

Who treats venous malformations and how are they treated in the labia area?
Can surgery be done to remove Pelvic Congestion Syndrome for good? I have a venous malformation in the labia. A sonographic imaging was done. There is a flow noted within this dilated vein which chang...Details

Is an ambulatory phlebectomy the best option for a 25-year-old with varicose veins?
I'm 25 and have had varicose veins since I was 17. I have started to get more noticeable varicose veins with more discomfort. I used to be a runner, but now I fatigue quite easily. What options could ...Details

Can I have a vein ablation if I have a deep vein clot in the leg?
I have a deep vein clot and I was wondering if I can have an ablation to close the the vein on the inside of my leg?

Does a deep vein valve reflux indicate there was a clot ?
I'm worried about DVT. I take bc pills and sit for long periods of time. I had pain in my knee and thigh so i had an ultrasound but it did not indicate thrombosis, however, it did indicate deep vein v...Details

When can I expect to see results from sclerotherapy?
I had sclerotherapy for spider veins and reticular veins behind the knees 16 days ago. My spider veins started to fade, but the reticular veins have not. When can I expect to see results?

Could my pelvic pain be from varicose veins?
I have pelvic pain that starts 3-4 days before my period and last 3-4 days after the bleeding has stopped. My gynecologist was sure it was endometriosis. He did a laparoscopy, D&C and ablation.He didn...Details

How safe is endovenous laser ablation for a person aged 92?
My father has ulcers on his legs. He has had several over the past years that are very difficult to heal. His legs are brown in color and very swollen. The doctor wants to do Endovenous Laser Ablation...Details

Why would a surgeon leave surgical clips in my upper groin after varicose vein stripping?
I had varicose vein surgery 14 years ago to strip veins from my right leg. I have had severe pain in my groin and lower abdomen for years. Just found out the surgeon left three surgical clips in my g...Details

Might I have pelvic congestion syndrome and do I need an emergency check-up?
I am in a lot of pain and scared about a blood clot. Should I go get checked out at hospital? My pelvis, hip and back are hurting severely and it is making it hard to even stand, walk or get up. I am ...Details

How long does it take for telangiectatic matting to resolve following a sclerotherapy session?
I had a sclerotherapy procedure for spider veins on lateral upper thigh just over two weeks ago at derm dr. Since that time, have noticed an approx. 1" wide area of tons of tiny new vessels just dist...Details

I have varicose veins and spider veins and one burst in back of knee and bruise has doubled in size in 24 hour time period.
I have varicose veins and spider veins and one burst in back of knee. The bruise has doubled in size in a 24 hour time period. What should I do? Do I need a consult and, if so, which type of specialis...Details

Will successfully treated spider veins just come back again?
I understand that it's possible to develop NEW spider veins in time, but I'm wondering if the spider veins you already treated successfully will simply come back again (i.e. schlerotherapy isn't perma...Details

Is it normal to be bloated and puffy on my whole body after ambulatory phlebectomy?
I had phlebectomy of the left thigh 4 days ago. I have no pain there, but I am bloated and puffy over my whole body. Is this normal?

Do I need vein treatment for venous reflux at age 24?
I am 24 years old, and I have spider veins and visible blue veins behind knees on both legs. Ultrasound showed 0.4 sec reflux in GSV right leg. Some doctors told me this is normal, but is it normal? A...Details

Does birth control work as treatment for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
I was recently diagnosed with PCS. Its very painful, almost all the time. My doctor put me on birth control for treatment. Is this an effective treatment? And would the surgical procedure work for the...Details

Can you drink red wine after sclerotherapy?

Can serrapeptase help resolve scar tissue after EVLT?
I am healing well after endovenous laser ablation (EVLT), except there is a small tender lump where vein was removed. My doctor said it is scar tissue they checked it on ultrasound. He recommends ma...Details

If ablation is done on the saphenous vein, are there other veins that may be used for future heart operations?
I have not had any heart problems other than high blood pressure, but family members have had heart catheters and heart surgery. I have leaking valves in the saphenous vein. If ablated, can other v...Details

Is there a connection between varicose veins and constipation?
I am a 25-year-old female, and I have spider veins and visible reticular veins behind knees. My ultrasound is normal. I have had chronic constipation for 10 years. Could it be the reason?

What could be the cause of numb face, arm and neck after varicose vein surgery?
I had varicose vein surgery 12 days ago and my face, arm and neck now go numb. I had the surgery with a spinal injection. Could this be the cause of the numbness?

Does having MS prevent me from having sclerotherapy?
I have MS and am totally fine but want to eliminate spider veins on my lower legs and behind my knees. Is sclerotherapy ok to do?

Which surgery is considered safer and better, endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation?

What should I do when sclerotherapy didn't work?
I have had $2000 worth of sclerotherapy done on my legs and I still have a ton of spider veins. I have not worn shorts or a bathing suit in seven years. What other options would you suggest for someon...Details

Is it safe to have Sclerotherapy treatments on a weekly basis?
Can patients overdose on the sclerotherapy injections?

Can I get a full body massage after the Sclerotherapy and, if so, how soon?
It has been almost 3 weeks since I had the procedure. Is it OK to go for a full body massage? If not, when will I be able to go?

Can I heal from complete numbness?
Five days ago I had the greater saph and lesser saph veins treated. On the lesser saph vein I felt like my foot was on fire for a good five seconds two different times. Now my ankle, heel, and side o...Details

What does the burning hot sensation after varicose vein surgery mean?
I had a main vein stripped and incisions by knee done 4 days ago. It looks like its healing well, but I am getting a burning sensation. What does this mean?

Is it normal to have swelling in leg and ankle one year after a phlebectomy?

Do I need an Endovenous Vein Ablation for severe edema?
I went to my doctor for severe edema, and after a duplex screen, he suggested I have an edovenous vein ablation. Is this necessary? He stated I had reflux that was causing the swelling. I don't have v...Details

Is there a stem cell treatment for veins after EVLT?
I had gotten EVLT done on my right and left great saphenous veins. This was in 2009, and since then I am having so much pain on my lower calves and ankles, and i started to see some skin discoloration...Details

Why has EVLT not improved my chronic leg swelling?
It's been 4 wks since I had EVLT and Phlebectomy of my left leg. I continue to have the same chronic, daily leg swelling that I did before treatment. I have a follow-up appt in 3 mths but I am less th...Details

Can someone have too many spider veins to be treated?
I have sooo many spider veins around my ankles that from a distance my ankles look purple. Would I not be a good canidate for this procedure?

Should I get a second opinion?
I have spider veins, but no bulging varicose veins whatsoever. Was told that I have 4 incompetent veins and need the laser treatment. Orig went for the spider veins. Is this necessary? Is there anothe...Details

Am I at high risk for varicose veins because I work on my feet all day? Might I need an Endovenous Laser Ablation?
I work on my feet all day. They often ache (including my calves) at end of day. Am I at higher risk for developing vein disease/varicose veins? What recommendations do you have to prevent onset?

The vein I wanted treated is still bulging, tender, and painful after vein ablation. Is this normal two weeks after surgery?
The vein is on the side of leg near the knee crease. I was told that it was a varicose vein and ablation would fix the vein and improve its appearance. After two weeks it still hurts and bulges. My do...Details

Is it normal to have pain and pressure after radical hysterectomy?
After radical hysterectomy i am still having pain and pressure on my left side. What are the best treatment options if over the counter medicines don't work? I have had a radical hysterectomy and sti...Details

Is it normal to have more veins appear around the area where I had sclerotherapy done?
I had sclerotherapy done five months ago. Now there are two dark dots from shots and more veins appeared around area with some discomfort. Is

Could spasms in the top of my foot be because of varicose veins?
At night I get severe spasms in the top of my foot. I can feel my tendon stretched and have to get up and walk in order to relax it. I have a varicose vein that runs from my thigh down to my mid calf...Details

I have a numbness in my left arm and face five days varicose vein surgery. Is this normal?

How long after laser ablation and also sclerotherapy is it recommended to wait before resuming weight lifting (heavy weights)?

How is fluid injected into a vein prior to endovenous laser ablation?
How many injections are needed for this procedure?

Will wearing compression stockings before vein surgery improve my outcome?
Medicare says the success rate of wearing hose three months before surgery is 2 percent for corrective surgery. If you don't wear them before surgery what is the success rate for the surgery?

How long after surgery on your leg will the numbness and aches last?
This pain occurs after I have been active on my legs. My varicose vein surgery was about five months ago.

Can I fly on plane for 2.5 hours three days after I've had endovenous laser ablation?

I have lots of veins on my heels and ankles. Are there any treatments that I can do that won't stain brown?
I have thin skin that bruises easily, and I have brown stains from previous sclerotherapy treatments that I did over 7 years ago.

Are bulging veins at the knee after GSV normal and will they go away?
I had GSV laser done eight days ago. Now there are bulging veins at the knee and below. Will these go away? I am scheduled for the lower SAF procedure as well.

Prominent veins are showing up on pelvic scan. Is this something to worry about?
Hello, my daughter has just had a pelvic scan and examination and it revealed several large, prominent veins. Can you please tell me what this is and is it something to worry about? She is only 21 a...Details

What do I do about recurrence after ovarian vein embolization?
Three years ago I had a renal venogram for Nutcracker (4.5mmhg, had planned to stent at 3, but flow looked good). I had ovarian vein embolization - 14mm/19 coils. LLQ pain unbearable again & ultrasou...Details

Can the older "saline solution" be performed instead of Sclerotherapy for spider veins?
Does one need to have sclerotherapy done for spider veins? I had the older saline solution treatment and never had a problem. Can this method be used instead of the new one?

Would foam sclerotheraphy work if I'm taking warfarin?
My doctor says it's okay but I thought veins had to clot in order for the sclerotheraphy to be successful.

How soon after Sclerotherapy can I use a self-tanner?
I've read conflicting answers about how long I should wait before applying fake tanning lotions (self-tanners).

Vein did not close after laser ablation - what are the consequences?
I had a laser ablation on my left leg and the follow-up ultrasound after 2-3 days of surgery which showed that the vein did not close. The doctor said she had never seen this before. Is this dangerous...Details

Does abdominal pain indicate pelvic congestion syndrome?
After a total hysterectomy in 2001 for polysistic ovaries my doctor said I had pelvic congestion. After years of terrible pelvic lower abdominal and lower back pain, I had a CT scan. The doctor said t...Details

How can varicose veins in the foot be treated?
I had ELVeS on both legs a few months ago and there are bulging veins remaining in my right foot. How can these veins be treated? Varicose veins in both calves have been treated with sclerotherapy.

Will I have swollen legs for life?
In April I had a blood clot in my thigh, behind my knee and in my calf. I had another really bad calf cramp, so my doctor sent me for another doppler, which showed I had developed another clot in my ...Details

Is it normal for my arm to hurt after varicose vein treatment in my leg?
I had surgery to remove varicose veins on my left leg and now my left arm hurts. I had surgery 6 days ago and was put under with a general anesthesia. The veins were superficial on my thigh & calf. My...Details

What should I do about a purple lump on my leg after Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
It has been three weeks since my UGS procedure and there is a small purple lump about 20mm in diameter where my vein was treated. It is sore to touch. My follow-up appointment is in three weeks. What ...Details

Is pain two weeks after Endovenous Laser Ablation normal?
I still have pain, cannot take anti-inflammatory medicines and I have a leg ulcer at the site of the surgery. Is this normal? Since I can't take those types of medications, how should I handle this tw...Details

What should I do if my ankle has been hurting for nearly two months?
Might I need Sclerotherapy?

Can Hemosiderin staining be removed?
I was told when I was 42 that I have PAD and leaking valves in my lower legs causing Hemosiderin staining. Is there anything that can be done to remove the staining from my legs?

Is intense pain normal after laser ablation of great saphenous vein?
I had my GSV ablation done 13 days ago and still have intense pain in a segment on the inner thigh just above the knee. Is this level of pain normal and, if so, for how long? I have to take Advil for ...Details

What is the time-frame for DVT risk with laser ablation?
Is it true that blot clots relating to the endovenous laser ablation procedure are generally visible within the first 24 hours? Or, is this rather a long-term potential side-effect arising from the pr...Details

Are there any contraindications to having the VNUS Closure procedure done when diagnosed with both superficial and deep venous reflux?
I had an ultrasound of veins in my legs and apparently have both superficial and deep venous reflux. Since I have deep reflux as well, is the VNUS Closure procedure still adviseable? What if the deep ...Details

Are bruises and lumps normal two weeks after vein stripping surgery?
I had my right leg stripped of veins in a clinic in Switzerland two weeks ago. It is very bruised and lumpy. Is this normal?

Can you suggest pain relief for foot pain after vein surgery?
I had bilateral RFA of both greater saphenous veins in 2007 and am on coumadin for continued LE ulceration. I have significant foot pain, particularly when I first stand. I wear compression hose. Id...Details

How many times does a physician have to do Endovenous Laser to be proficient?
I am trying to decide between a vascular surgeon within my insurance group who has done about 100-200 endovenous laser treatments versus paying cash for a well-known vein specialist who has done this ...Details

Is swelling normal after closing veins with endovenous laser ablation?
I had swelling in my left foot and my doctor confirmed that the valves in two of my veins were not working properly. I had these veins closed with endovenous laser ablation, but four weeks later I st...Details

Should my spider veins disappear after four sclerotherapy treatments?
I have had four treatments of sclerotherapy and one treatment of laser on my legs. One area on the inside of my knee still has dark red veins visible. Will this improve post-treatment? It has been 6 w...Details

What can I do about a DVT after endovenous surgery?
My surgery was one month ago. I now have a large clinging DVT. I went yesterday for another ultrasound and it is larger and moving. I am taking aspirin as instructed. Too early for blood thinners. Whe...Details

How many hours a day do I have to wear a compression stocking after EVLT?
It has been a week since my EVLT procedure, and I am wondering if I should continue wearing the compression stocking?

ls it normal to have soreness and a lump three weeks after varicose vein surgery?
l had my varicose vein surgery done three weeks ago. There is a lump that is sore to touch and can be a little painful. Is this normal?

What is the difference between sclerosants Used for sclerotherapy?
What is the difference between "Sodium tetradecyl sulfate" (Sotradecol) and Sodium Morrhuate (Scleromate)? Which of these sclerosants would you use, and why?

Who should I call to treat pelvic varicose veins?
I called a few vascular surgeon offices and they sounded perplexed by my condition, and said they had no idea who I could call for help with my condition. My gynecologist diagnosed me via ultrasound. ...Details

How long is the healing time after sclerotherapy?
How soon after sclerotherapy can I have Myofuscial Rolfing and Lympahtic massages?

Will varicose vein surgery help the red sploochy marks on my leg?
I had my vein stripped in my right leg 5 years ago. Soon after, I developed a scabby red spot (where there had been a small unexplained hole post-surgery). That spot eventually spread and developed in...Details

Are there any dangers of being pregnant after been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome?
I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome 4 years ago. I have had many problems with it and am in pain pretty much everyday. I am 6 weeks pregnant and it is already getting worse. I was wonderin...Details

Is pain and bruising normal 12 weeks after varicose vein surgery?
I had varicose vein surgery done on both legs 12 weeks ago and I've got a lot of bruises and it hurts. Is there something wrong? I had about 6 veins taken out from ankle to groin.

Can I have an alcoholic beverage soon after I had scleortherapy on my spider veins?

Am I too young to have Endovenous Laser Ablation?
I am only 15 years old, and I've had varicose veins since my 12th birthday. A few months ago I had vein inflammation. I already have a varicose vein surgery scheduled this month, and my doctor thinks ...Details

What treatment is there for the blisters after sclerotherapy?
Asclera was injected yesterday in a sclerotherapy procedure and this morning I couldn't stand the stinging pain in the shower. It was caused by blisters. Should I put something on them?

What does vein discoloration after sclerotherapy mean?
I had a foam sclerotherapy injection on a varicose vein two weeks ago. The vein is still very discolored, and there are still lumps. Does that mean it did not work?

Is there any harm if I removed my compression stockings before 48 hours after Sclerotherapy if I put them back on right away?
Is there any harm if I removed my compressions stockings before the 48 hour period after sclerotherapy treatment to dry my legs after a shower if I put them back on immediately?

What kind of compression stockings should I wear after foam sclerotherapy?
Should they be 20-30mmHg or 30-40mmHg?

When should I get Sclerotherapy if I also want to do laser hair removal?
I was planning to get laser hair removal on my lower legs but I also wanted to do sclerotherapy. I also previously had a DVT and PE. Do you suggest I have sclerotherapy done and, if so, when before o...Details

Sjogrens Syndrome and Foam Sclerotherapy
What concerns should be considered for a Sjogrens Syndrome patient seeking Foam Sclerotherapy treatment?

Are long periods of standing after EVLA safe?
My job (bar manager) requires me to stand for long periods of time and occasionally lift heavy objects (but not for sustained periods.) I am 25 and in good shape, leg is healing with no pain after 2 d...Details

I have been having pain in my legs lately. Can it be from my spider veins?
I stand all day and have recently noticed a lot of pain in my lower legs. It looks like I might have spider veins. Can they cause pain?

Is bloating common with PCS?
I get a lot bloating, pressure in abdomen, sometimes GI upset, and a lot of pain with my period. Is bloating common?

Leg disoloration
I was diagnosed with venous insufficiency which was treated, but left me with scars from the sores and leg discoloration. I wonder if there is anything with lasers perhaps which can eliminate the scar...Details

Varicosities on the uterus
I had a ceasarian section to deliver my second baby last 0ct 2006; my doctor said they found varicosities on my it dangerous for me to get pregnant and have another cs delivery at this time...Details

What can I do about a small clot of trapped blood after sclerotherapy?
After sclerotherapy, there is a small section that is lumpy and discolored. My treating pysician does not drain these, is there any way to speed up the healing/fading of pigmentation?

Should my legs ache 4 weeks after sclerotherapy?
I had sclerotherapy almost 4 weeks ago. My legs now ache and feel heavy as soon as I get up in the morning. I have been wearing support knee highs. How long should this last? Legs didn't feel this way...Details

Can a leg ulcer be permanently removed through varicose vein surgery?
I have a ulcer on my leg. Can this vein be repaired permanently? Every so often my leg develops an ulcer near the same spot.

Is swelling in the ankle after varicose vein surgery normal?
One week after varicose vein surgery I developed a golf ball size swelling on the inside of my ankle that is very sensitive to touch. Is this normal?

Why do I have a strong pulsating feeling and dull pain in the left vaginal wall after embolization one month ago?
The only thing that relieves it is rolling up a towel and placing it under by left buttock and sitting. It then feels like things are circulating better and the pain goes away. Have you ever heard o...Details

How much swelling is an indication of CVI and do I need varicose vein surgery?
I have been told I have reflux in both deep and superficial veins and to watch for swelling. I have .5cm swelling in the ankle by the end of the day. Is this an indication of CVI?

Does EVLT reduce the chance of a future clot?
I developed clots due to the birth control pill and from a Factor V mutation (blood clotting disorder). Developed reflux as a consequence, and performed 4 EVLTs to treat the veins. Does EVLT reduce my...Details

Blood Poisoning/Nerve Damage from sclerotherapy
Following 2 recent sclero treatments for spiders, I have had horrendous backaches and numbness/tingling. This last time I have developed a large, bumpy, red groin rash. Any connection?

Why did my toes hurt the first night after Sclerotherapy treatment?
I had my Sclerotherapy procedure yesterday and my toes hurt while I slept last night with the compression tights on. What does this mean? Should I be worried?

Are bruising and darker veins normal sclerotherapy results?
I have done my first sclerotherapy treatment two weeks ago. I have healed from most bruising but I feel that the veins are now darker and more visible. Is that normal? I had to be in the sun recently,...Details

What is the best treatment and prognosis for pelvic congestion syndrome?
I have been suffering with severe symptoms which were diagnoised in the emergency room of a local hospital after a CT scan. Internet research is depressing. Please recommend next steps.

Is it normal to lose feeling in the bottom of your leg after having varicose veins removed?

Can I do yoga after the sclerotherapy?
I had sclerotherapy on 4.19.12 on both legs. I stopped wearing compressing stockings after 2 weeks as recommended by my doctor. I walk whenever possible but would like to do my yoga also. Will yoga be...Details

Are there Venous Reflux Exams for DVI?
Recent ultrasound: left leg reflux 3.7 sec in femoral, and 5.2 in GSV, Rt leg 1.4 sec in common femoral 4 sec in femoral. Another showed popliteal left leg. I am 47, BMI 19 & I exercise. I have spider...Details

Does laser Varicose Vein Surgery diminish blood flow and supply in the legs?

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