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Replied on 7/3/2012

By: Angelo N. Makris MD   |  Angelo N. Makris, M.D. Interventional Radiology Center
Oak Brook, IL


Spider veins have no relation to a low sperm count, but varicose veins around the testicle/s (varicocele) may be a cause. If your work-up identifies a varicocele, it can be treated with surgery or a minimally invasive procedure (embolization).


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Which surgery is considered safer and better, endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation? (14 answers)


Can I heal from complete numbness? (14 answers)
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 of foot are completely numb and uncomfortable. Will this go away/heal?

When can I start Bikram yoga again after endovenous laser ablation? (14 answers)
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?

If I get the EVLA procedure, will my varicose veins get worse after I become pregnant? (14 answers)
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?

Are there any downsides to endovenous laser ablation? (14 answers)
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 ablation treatment? Is the leg compromised in any way? Where does the blood go after the vein is closed off?

I need EVLA, is it better to go to a group practice or an office with a single vascular surgeon? (14 answers)
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. Would I be better off going to a dedicated group or the single doctor's office? I'm scared to death.

Is laser light therapy internal or external? (14 answers)
Does laser light therapy involve a laser being put in the vein or is the laser shone on the vein externally?

Why are my compression stockings causing unbearable pain? (14 answers)
I was fitted for compression stockings and when I would wear them, my circulation seemed to get worse. It felt like my toes were going to fall off because I couldn't feel them. When I take them off, the "pins" and "needles" are unbearable. Is this normal?

Is there an age restriction with endovenous laser ablation? (14 answers)
Is it better to get the procedure when you're young? I'm 68. Are there more risks involved as you get older?

Is it true that there is little pain associated with the Endovenous Laser Ablation procedure? (14 answers)
It seems like the laser would hurt.

Is there an age limit with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (14 answers)
My mother is 82 and she has varicose veins that have gotten progressively worse in the past 2 years. She complains that they are painful and make her legs feel heavy. She's in good health and active, but is there an upper age limit with ELA?

Should I take ibuprofen after Endovenous Laser Ablation, or not? (14 answers)
I’ve heard conflicting recommendations.

Is Endovenous Laser Ablation better long term than Radiofrequency Occlusion? (14 answers)
Is it true that radiofrequency occlusion is associated with a higher recurrence rate of varicose veins than endovenous laser ablation? I heard that there's a greater chance the vein would re-open with RO.

Which compression stocking would you recommend for a person with orthostatic hypotension? (14 answers)
I was diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension. Am I better off with knee-high or thigh-high stockings? Also, which part of the body needs the most compression (ankles, calves, or thighs)?

For a blood clot, do you wear compression stockings 24/7 or just during the day and take off at night? (14 answers)


Is it OK to wear compression stockings if I have severe leg pain due to thickening of the uterus? (14 answers)
I have been having severe leg pain from my hip down, especially in the knee area, due to thickening of my uterus. I am being scheduled for a hysterectomy. The compression stockings seem to give some relief for now. Is this common? Is it OK to wear these?

Can compression stockings cause a clot if they fit poorly? (14 answers)
My 30-40 mmHg strength thigh-high compression stockings roll down at the thigh and cause intense discomfort (like a tourniquet). The discomfort occurred repeatedly for 1.5 weeks and now I am having right calf pain. Could the rolling at the upper thigh level have caused a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

How long should I wear compression stockings after a C-section and when is it ok to take them off for a while? (14 answers)
I am wearing compression stockings and was wondering how long should I wear them? Six and a half weeks after my C-section, I am still not mobile much.

Is wearing compression stockings during pregnancy safe? (14 answers)
I'm wondering if the pressure from compression stockings can harm the fetus?

Should someone with a blood clot wear compression stockings? (14 answers)
I was wondering if someone who already has a clot wore compression stockings, would it be safe? Might this dislodge the clot? I only just learned about compression stockings and I'm not sure of these details.

Do I need prescription to get compression stockings? (14 answers)
I've been wearing Futuro compression knee highs for years. I now find the elastic below the knees which holds them up is tight and makes an indentation. I have venous insufficiency with mild leg edema. Do I need prescription to get new compression stockings?

Would it be better to wear compression hose with wrinkles or not at all? (14 answers)
My 100-year-old mom is on a plane from Denver to Alaska. Her hose have wrinkles in them. Does this indicate they are not fitting correctly, and would it be better to remove them? Or, is it better to have them on for the flight vs. not at all?

What is the best compression appropriate for a nurse? (14 answers)
I am a 25-year-old nurse and I currently have some tiny spider veins on my ankles and have some visible veins on my calf. I want to prevent them from getting worse. My mom has swollen varicose veins. I do not have any medical problems.

Why do I have varicose veins at 25 years old? (14 answers)
I am a skinny 25 year old who has never been pregnant. I live an active lifestyle and maintain a healthy diet. I work out for an hour a day, plus I take my dog on 3-4 walks a day. I don't keep my legs crossed and I wear compression socks. Why do I have varicose veins?

What should I do about a purple lump on my leg after Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy? (14 answers)
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 is the purple lump? Can it wait until then to be seen or is there something I can do/should do?

Is microphlebectomy effective in treating varicose veins? (14 answers)
I’ve heard microphlebectomy is a newer surgical treatment method for varicose veins. What exactly is it, and is it as effective as other surgical or minimally-invasive treatment options?

Could the lump that has formed under my skin after sclerotherapy be trapped blood? (13 answers)
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?

Would a nurse practitioner be authorized to perform the VNUS procedure? (13 answers)
I need to have the VNUS procedure done, and the doctor I was referred to said they have a nurse practitioner who does this VNUS procedure. Is that safe? Is that legal? I thought only physicians (MDs) were authorized to perform the VNUS procedure.

Are there special compression hose that don't wrinkle behind knees? (13 answers)
Maybe with special elastic inserts? My present hose are already flat knitted to measure. I'm concerned about the wrinkles when one is not standing. Is there any manufacturer that provides special inserts?

My compression socks make my legs hurt more and they become swollen when I wear them. Is that normal? (13 answers)
How big of a size do compression stockings come in?

Is swelling normal after wearing compression stockings? (13 answers)
I have had a fractured knee, ACL and MCL tear. Two weeks ago my doctor recommended compression stockings (TED hose), as I am not allowed to bear any weight on the right leg. When I don't have the TED hose on, my right foot swells up. Is this dangerous? How long do I need to wear compression stockings, and is it okay if I just wear them on one leg?

Why would compression stockings relieve pain in my upper legs but increase pain in my lower legs? (13 answers)
I have noticed that when I wear compression hose the back of my upper legs feel better but my calves and lower legs feel worse (burning and aching). I know compression stockings are supposed to help the whole leg. Do you have any suggestions?

Are knee-highs effective enough to prevent spider veins in legs? (13 answers)
I'm a 25-year-old LNA. I don't have any pain in my legs, but I do have spider veins above my knees and cold feet. I hate hose. Would knee-high socks help at all? Would they make the spider veins above them worse? What compression do you recommend?

Can I wear my compression stockings if I bumped my leg and have a bruise? (13 answers)


How should one go about buying Compression Stockings? (13 answers)
I want to purchase knee-high stockings. How do you know which type/gauge/size etc, of over the counter stocking to buy?

Can compression stockings be used routinely? (13 answers)
Is there any danger in wearing compression stockings daily for a long period of time?

What Compression Stocking Devices can help me? (13 answers)
What devices are available to help me put on my compression stockings ??

Hemosiderosis and Venous Insufficiency or Stasis Dermititis? (13 answers)
I have seen two different doctors for my ankles and shins, one of them diagnosed me with hemosiderosis and venous insufficiency. The other said I had Stasis dermititis. Should I see another doctor. They said there is nothing that can be done.

Does endovenous laser ablation require multiple treatments? (13 answers)
Or will just one treatment do the trick? Could the varicose veins come back?

Could poorly fitting compression socks cause me to develop a clot on a plane ride? (13 answers)
I'm 8wks pregnant & wore compression stockings for my 9.5 hr plane ride to Italy. I took them off 2/3 into the flight b/c the top band was cutting into my legs & it hurt. Now my calf muscle has been sore for 3 days. Should I be concerned? If you are wearing ill fitting compression stockings on a plan ride, can they cause a blood clot to develop?

Is it dangerous to wear compression stockings both day and night? (13 answers)
My calves are extremely painful. During the day I massage them or apply a lidocaine patch, and that helps a little. At night, I suffer severely. I found compression socks help a lot when I wear them both day and night. I can actually get some rest now. Is it dangerous to wear them all the time?

Can I wear compression stockings to bed? (13 answers)


Why wouldn't my veins fully close after endovenous laser ablation? (13 answers)
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 old, is this unusual or of concern? What now?

How long can I expect to have bruises after an endovenous laser ablation? (13 answers)


A red spot and bump developed after I drove 24 hours without a compression stocking, could this be a blood clot? (13 answers)
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/bump is developing. Could this be a blood clot?

The leg that was treated with endovenous laser ablation falls asleep soon after sitting down, is this normal? (13 answers)
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 asleep very soon after sitting down. Is this normal?

Is intense pain normal after laser ablation of great saphenous vein? (13 answers)
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 relief, but my stomach is sensitive to NSAIDS.

I had EVLA seven months ago and the doctor won't offer any solutions for my symptoms, what should I do? (13 answers)
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, I am 40 years old. I thought the procedure was suppose to help, not disable me. Are my symptoms normal? What should I do about the unhelpful doctor?

I'm having severe pain following an endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (13 answers)
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 it hasn't. Is this something to be concerned about?

Is it true that a person can develop lumps in their leg after endovenous laser ablation? (13 answers)


Am I at high risk for varicose veins because I work on my feet all day? Might I need an Endovenous Laser Ablation? (13 answers)
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?

How many times does a physician have to do Endovenous Laser to be proficient? (13 answers)
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 thousands of times.

Is pain two weeks after Endovenous Laser Ablation normal? (13 answers)
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 two weeks post-treatment?

Is this varicose vein treatable? (13 answers)
I have nerve damage from endovenous ablation. Around my ankle is highly sensitive and it hurts to touch. I had this treatment in June 2010 and still having a lot of problems. Is this treatable?

Can you do both legs at the same time? Is it advised? Why? (13 answers)
My wife (age 26) has post pregnancy (1.5 years ago) bad veins with:
Rt leg:
great saphenous- moderate reflux
popliteal - light reflux
Lt leg:
great saphenous- Sever reflux
Superficial Femoral - light reflux
Can you do both legs at same time?

Should I wait to have Endovenous Laser Ablation until I'm finished having kids? (13 answers)
I have varicose veins that get worse when I'm pregnant. I want to have endovenous ablation, but should I wait until I'm finished having children (my husband and I want at least one more)?

Why doesn't Endovenous Laser Ablation laser the lower leg? (13 answers)
If the evlt procedure doesn't alleviate problems in the lower leg do /can you laser the lower leg?

What treatment is there for the blisters after sclerotherapy? (13 answers)
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?

Should my spider veins disappear after four sclerotherapy treatments? (13 answers)
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 weeks since my treatments, and my nurse said if this doesn't work they may need to change the serum.

Injections (13 answers)
I want to inject some minor veins/spiders, they are branches of a great sph. vein that is now closed; but doctor won't inject ANY veins before closing sph. vein on the calf first,but I prefer not to touch it as it's not symptomatic. Any 2nd opinions?

Can I continue running and moderate workouts after sclerotherapy? (13 answers)
Will running short distances, say 2-4 miles three times per week, be of detriment to sclerotherapy procedures? What about medium distance hikes of 5-10 miles that include hills?

Is sclerotherapy safe for patients with factor V Leiden? (13 answers)
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?

Can I cut the feet off of my compression stockings? (13 answers)
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?

Can the older "saline solution" be performed instead of Sclerotherapy for spider veins? (13 answers)
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?

When can I expect to see results from sclerotherapy? (13 answers)
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?

Can you use sclerotherapy to get rid of dark under-eye veins? (13 answers)
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 sclerotherapy in the eye area?

I still have pain 16 days after a saphenous vein ablation, should I be concerned? (13 answers)
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, the pain is still not any better. Should I be concerned?

After laser surgery how long do you wait to have sex? (13 answers)


Is it normal for my arm to hurt after varicose vein treatment in my leg? (13 answers)
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 leg seems to be healing okay, but my left arm has been hurting since then. It's not red or bruised, but hurts. Coincidence, or not?

Will insurance cover Varicose Vein Surgery? Pain is getting worse.. (13 answers)
I have spider veins and varicose veins. Will my insurance ppo bluecross pay for it?

I was told by my insurance co they would pay if it is medically necessary, they hurt and are getting worse, I am a nurse.

How long will it take for me to recover from Sclerotherapy? (13 answers)
Will the length of time be longer then two weeks?

Why is it necessary to wear Compression Stockings after Sclerotherapy? (13 answers)
Why is it necessary to wear Compression Stockings after Sclerotherapy?

Can dermatologists perform Sclerotherapy? (13 answers)
Or only Phlebologists? What kind of certification is required?

Is it all right to shower the day after a Sclerotherapy treatment? (13 answers)
When can I remove the bandages?

Is there a treatment to diminish the appearance of dark blue veins in the chest and arms? (13 answers)
i have very prominent dark blue veins that appear across my chest and my arms. they do not cause pain but i find them very unsightly and wanted to know if there is any treatment or procedure that can diminish the look of these veins?

How long after the procedure do I have to wait before I can tan? (13 answers)
How long after the procedure do I have to wait before I can tan?

What is the best treatment for spider veins on the face? (13 answers)
I have tiny reddish spider veins under my eyes. I think they are caused by my swim goggles (they require a tight fit) and fair skin. What is the safest and most effective treatment to remove these?

Which procedure works best for back veins? (12 answers)
I have these terrible veins on my back. I have had laser therapy 3 times, with very little fading. Getting ready for the 4th treatment. Do you have any suggestions on what I might try differently? Thanks.

Is it safe to do sclerotherapy in the summer? (12 answers)
Is it safe to do slerotherapy in the summer?

Will being on birth control pills affect Sclerotherapy treatments? (12 answers)
I've heard that birth control pills can have an effect on the vein walls, softening them and causing problems. Is this true? Could being on the pill then create problems with sclerotherapy?

Is blistering around the injection site a side effect of Sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
My friend had sclerotherapy a few days ago, and now she has blisters around the area that was treated. Is this a normal side effect? She said her specialist never mentioned anything about possible blisters.

How long after Sclerotherapy can you get in the sun? (12 answers)
How long after Sclerotherapy can you get in the sun?

Are there any complications involved with Sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
Are there any complications such as skin wounds after Sclerotherapy?

Should I avoid any specfic vitamins/supplements before or after Sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
Should I avoid any specific vitamins/supplements before or after sclerotherapy?

Can sclerotherapy be used on the wrists? (12 answers)
I have large, purple veins on the underside of my wrists that I'd really like to get rid of because they really show my age. Is there a safe way to do this?

Is Sclerotherapy the best for broken veins in the ankles and foot area? (12 answers)
Is Sclerotherapy the best for broken veins in the ankles and foot area? Is there a better procedure for this area of the body?

Is Sclerotherapy safe for people who bruise easily? (12 answers)
I haven't had it evaluated by a doctor, but I do bruise extremely easily and the bruise usually stays for at least three weeks, even for a minor bump. Is this something I should have checked before undergoing sclerotherapy?

Can spider veins cause the feeling of heaviness in the legs? (12 answers)
What options are available for the treatment of spider veins?

How can varicose veins in the foot be treated? (12 answers)
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.

I have a numbness in my left arm and face five days varicose vein surgery. Is this normal? (12 answers)


Am I too young to have Endovenous Laser Ablation? (12 answers)
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 I am not too young. But am I really too young to have surgery? I need a second opinion.

Can you offer advice on options for a non-healing vein wound? (12 answers)
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 large man, so not really suitable for anesthetic. What options does he have?

Is swelling, numbness and pain common after varicose vein surgery? (12 answers)
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?

Is it normal to have varicose veins at 21 years old? (12 answers)
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 is this really all genetic or do I have a health problem?

My husband has pain in both of his legs and the veins in his calves are bulding, what is going on? (12 answers)
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 meds (oxycontin 20mg), but nothing is working. Do you know what might be wrong?

Should I have been given anticoagulants after sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
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 in thighs, open deep veins with no valves in calves. A week after the procedure, I developed DVT. Should I have been given anticoagulants after sclerotherapy?

How soon is it safe to have a fat reduction or skin tightening procedure after sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
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 reduction or body contouring procedure on the same area that was treated?

What to do to speed up the resorbing of large lumpy sclerosed veins? (12 answers)
A month ago, I had scleropathy of very large varicose veins behind my knee, and am left with hard lumpy veins. My doctor doesn't want to drain them believing it is part of the healing process. Can I do anything else to speed up the healing?

My varicose and spider veins look worse than they did before sclerotherapy, is this normal? (12 answers)
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 than it did prior to treatment. Is this usual? I'm so disappointed.

How can one avoid varicose and spider veins? (12 answers)


Is it OK to use an elastic bandage instead of compression stockings following sclerotherapy? (12 answers)
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?

How long does it take to see results from sclerotherapy? How can I tell if the treatment is working? (12 answers)
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?

Are the green veins that I have throughout my body normal? (12 answers)
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 until my pregnancy last year. I have delivered 1 year ago.

I had a VNUS closure, followed by sclerotherapy, but none of the original spider veins are gone. Why wasn't treatment successful? (12 answers)
I had a VNUS closure April 2013, followed by sclerotherapy. I've noticed clustering and that none of the original spider veins are gone. I can press on them and watch the blood flow return. I wore stockings for 2 weeks & followed all instructions. Why wasn't treatment successful? What should I do now?

Can I remove my compression stockings to walk on the treadmill? (12 answers)
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, but always have issues with them staying up.

How long will I have to wear compression stockings after varicose vein surgery? (12 answers)
And, are there any options in terms of colors or styles?

Do I need a general practitioner referral to have Endovenous Laser Ablation? (12 answers)
I'd like to have the treatment for my varicose veins. Will I need a referral? Will insurance cover the treatment if my GP isn't involved?

Lasers for perforators? (12 answers)
Is it is possible for ablating perforators by endovenous lasers?

I have bruising from an EVLT treatment from a year ago, is this normal? (12 answers)
It's been a year since my surgery and I still have bruising. Does that mean it's permanent?

Is Microphlebectomy always needed after EVLT ? (12 answers)
How long should I wait to see if the veins in my calf will diminish after EVLT? I would like to avoid Microphlebectomy if possible, but will have it done if necessary ?

My Dad is considering this procedure, but he is 87 yrs old. Should I be concerned with risks at his age? (12 answers)
My Dad is considering this procedure, but he is 87 yrs old. Should I be concerned with risks at his age?

Can you suggest pain relief for foot pain after vein surgery? (12 answers)
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. Ideas for relief?

Can I fly on plane for 2.5 hours three days after I've had endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)


How is fluid injected into a vein prior to endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
How many injections are needed for this procedure?

Will skipping the 2nd ablation harm the work done on the 1st leg? (12 answers)
I had my ablation about 10 days ago and I'm still sore. I was scheduled to have the second ablation this week but it's too early for my taste. If I do not have the second one done, do I risk unravelling what I had done on the other leg? Bad idea?

Could endovenous laser ablation get rid of the swelling I'm having? (12 answers)
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 laser ablation help?

Could my inflamed gums be due to a recent endovenous laser ablation procedure? (12 answers)
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 prednisone. Also, I have been told at my dentist appointments that I have inflamed gums. Could that inflammation be due to the procedure?

Should I still have pain one year after endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
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 started right after the ablation. I have been doctoring to find a conclusion. Do you know what's wrong? Are these symptoms normal?

After EVLA it feels like I have a rock in the sole of my foot, how do I get rid of that feeling? (12 answers)
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 back of my heel (below the ankle). I had no feeling in my big toe for the first 2 hours. Now, it feels like I have a rock in the sole of my foot. It is also sensitive on the upper skin of my foot. How do I get rid of this feeling?

Can anticoagulants affect the outcome of my endovenous laser ablation procedure? (12 answers)
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 for 5 days around the procedure. Does anticoagulation sound reasonable and will it affect the outcome?

After endovenous laser ablation, when can I resume my workouts on the treadmill, elliptical machine and stairmaster? (12 answers)


How long does ankle and leg swelling last after endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
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 experiencing more tightness and swelling in my lower leg and ankle than before the procedure. What does this indicate ?

I have pain and swelling in my ankles/feet 5 months after endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (12 answers)
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 worse off. The doctor does not have answers for me. Is what I am experiencing normal? What should I do?

If my problematic saphenous veins are treated, will my other bulging veins disappear as well? (12 answers)
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 them later?

How can you tell if a saphenous vein has reopened post-laser surgery? (12 answers)


I have immediate swelling behind my knee when I stand, is this normal after EVLT? (12 answers)
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?

Is laser light therapy a good option for broken capillaries on the face? (12 answers)
My husband has lots of tiny little veins on his nose and cheeks. What are the best ways to treat these, making them look less red and noticeable?

I flew and now have pain in my leg, should I get compression stockings for the flight home? (12 answers)


Are control top pantyhose with medium toning sufficient for a person with venous insufficiency? (12 answers)
I have venous insufficiency in both legs and wear control top pantyhose with medium toning in the legs. Is this sufficient for a person with my condition?

Should compression stockings make your legs & feet ache? (12 answers)
I have compression stockings that are supposed to come up to my knees, but they come over my knees. Not only are they very difficult to get on & off, they cause my legs and feet to ache. Is this normal?

Is it OK for my parents to wear over-the-counter compression stockings/flight socks for their upcoming long distance flight? (12 answers)
My parents will be on a long flight (15 hours). My mother has diabetes and my father had an angioplasty earlier this year. Is it safe for them to wear over-the-counter compression stockings/flight socks during the air travel?

I have pain after EVLT, is that normal? (12 answers)
I had EVLT about 10 days ago , now I have a big knot on my inner thigh and when I touch it, it still hurts , I had a lot of pain the day after the surgery and I couldn't bend my leg. Is this normal?

How should I choose my Endovenous Laser Ablation provider? (12 answers)
I'm pretty sure I want to have my moderate varicose veins treated with ELA. What should I base my choice of a specialist on? Degrees earned, years of experience, before-and-after pictures, equipment used? What's truly important to a good result?

What kind of anesthesia is used during EVLT? (12 answers)
Is local, topical, or general anesthesia typically used during this procedure?

Will I be able to drive home after endovenous laser ablation? (12 answers)
What is recovery like for the first 24 hours after the procedure?

Will Endovenous Laser Ablation improve my circulation? (12 answers)
I have perpetually cold feet and occasional tingling in my feet and ankles. I also have a number of large varicose veins in each leg, so do you think that my circulation in my feet will improve if I have ELA?

Can endovenous laser ablation cause Leg Ulcers? (12 answers)
After having the endovenous laser ablation on both legs, I developed large ulcers on one of my legs.
What could have caused this? This has been a very long & painful experience.

How do I put on Compression Stockings? (12 answers)
I'm pregnant, and already have varicose veins, but I don't want them to get worse. What is the best way for me to put the stockings on? Are there any tricks for getting around a pregnant tummy?

Are compression stockings from the drug store okay or do I need prescription? (12 answers)
What are the differences? Is it worth the additional cost?

Is it ok to wear compression stockings on the plane? (12 answers)
Do you recommend wearing compression stockings on long flights? I have two flights: one 8 hours with a break of 12 hours and continuing another 12 hours after. I have store bought knee highs and thigh highs. Any disadvantages?

I had knee surgery, and was wondering when can I stop wearing my compression socks? (12 answers)
I got knee surgery and have been wearin the socks for 3 weeks with some rests a day. I walk on my leg so blood circulates and crutches help me in public. Is it safe to not wear the stockings at all anymore? I just really don't want a blood clot.

Stopping wearing compression stockings, or wearing off and on. (12 answers)
If I start wearing compression stockings, and then stop, will my varicose veins get worse than if I had not started? What about if I wear them on some days and not others?

If I stop wearing compression stockings will my veins get bigger? (12 answers)


Which type of compression stocking should be worn for travel and by someone who has postural tachycardia syndrome? (12 answers)
I am taking a long haul flight that is about 15 hours. I have postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and would like to wear a comfortable and effective compression stocking on the flight. Should I opt for knee-high, thigh-high, or panty hose? Also, what grade? Thank you very much.


Is shin pain normal after wearing a full-length compression stocking? (12 answers)
After varicose vein surgery I have been experiencing pain in both shins. The surgeon said this is caused by the full-leg compression stocking I wore for 2 weeks. Is shin pain normal after wearing a full-length hose?

Can compression stockings help with numbness in the leg? (12 answers)
My left leg keeps going almost completely numb from the knee down. My father has peripheral artery disease; however, I am only 27 years old. I have flat-lined before. I am now in recovery, but still have poor circulation and body temperature. I saw a cardiologist who said it could be nerve damage. Would compression stockings help with the numbness I am having in my leg?

What can I do to prevent damage from superficial/spider veins other than compression stockings? (12 answers)
I have been evaluated by a venous specialist, all perforator veins are "perfect." Dermatologist says since I have some spider veins, superficial veins are the cause of lipodermatosclerosis. Can superficial veins cause LDS? If true, what can I do to prevent more damage other than compression stockings?

Why are my legs so itchy after I take off my compression stockings? (12 answers)
I wear compression stockings for varicose veins during my pregnancy. They ease the pain and tiredness, but my legs get so itchy sometimes - especially after I take my stockings off. What can i do to prevent the itchiness and are they too tight?

Are there alternatives to wearing compression stockings for those who can't? (12 answers)
I received RF ABLATION OF GSV + FOAM SCLEROTHERAPY on my left leg in August. I could not wear compressive stockings owing to ulcers and small bleeding from swelled veins. Is there a negative effect from not wearing compression stockings, and can you suggest an alternative and/or a remedy?

How long should I wear compression stockings during pregnancy and a long flight? (12 answers)
I will be 35 weeks pregnant when flying long-haul (21 hours plus 7 hour lay-over.) I've been told by my ob-gyn to wear 30-40 mmhg full hose, but how long to wear them? Do I take them off at some point during the 29 hours or leave them on the entire time?

Is leg weakness normal after VNUS treatment? (12 answers)
I had VNUS (Radio Frequency Ablation and Microphlebetomy) under general anesthesia on 5/17/2012. I am experiencing leg weakness and some pain which is causing me to walk with a limp. Recovery seems to be harder than I expected. Is this normal?

When are venous reflux exams helpful? (12 answers)
I have a few varicose veins on my legs, which I'd like to have removed. My doctor suggested I might have a venous reflux exam, as well. I already know I have varicose veins, so why would I need an exam? Also, how are the venous exams performed?

Is it common for two specialists to see two different things in an ultrasound? (12 answers)
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 is no swelling, but there is mild leg discoloration. Is it common for an interventional radiologist and a vascular doctor to see two different things in an ultrasound? Any suggestions as to what my condition may be?

Can very mild reflux cause lots of pain in the legs? (12 answers)
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 only seen in people with a more significant amount of reflux? Are there other problems that could be causing symptoms similar to vascular/vein issues?

Does a venous Doppler exam also check for arterial dieseases? (12 answers)
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?

Can I file an appeal if my insurance company refuses to cover my vein surgery? (12 answers)
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. I have been diagnosed with venous reflux. Can I appeal the insurance company's decision? If so, how do I do that?

Is microphlebectomy the same thing as ambulatory phlebectomy? (12 answers)
I have large varicose veins on both legs and am trying to figure out what the best treatment is. Microphlebectomy and ambulatory phlebectomy both are surgical procedures, and they sound kind of the same. Which is better?

What causes weakened blood vessel walls and incompetent valves within the vein? (12 answers)
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 large ones have not been problematic, it's the small veins that all came back.

Can the blue tint in my leg still be a vein after microphlectomy? (12 answers)
A part that was left in my leg after microphlectomy looks blue but concave. Could the remainder of the space where the vein was taken out be a blue tint? I am paranoid there is still vein left.

How long do I have to wear compression hose after microphlebectomy? (11 answers)
I am 6 days post op from microphlebectomy. How long should I wear compression hose? Everyone seems to really vary with this answer...

What is the recovery time after cauterizing veins with microphlebectomy? (11 answers)
How long does it take one to recover after vein surgery?

Will the ultrasound in a Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy be harmful for a pregnant woman? (11 answers)
Will the ultrasound waves damage the unborn fetus? Could the sclering chemicals hurt the mother or baby?

Would foam sclerotheraphy work if I'm taking warfarin? (11 answers)
My doctor says it's okay but I thought veins had to clot in order for the sclerotheraphy to be successful.

Shouldn't I be able to see varicose veins on the surface of my leg? (11 answers)
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 Hemosiderin staining be removed? (11 answers)
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?

When should one get a venous reflux exam? (11 answers)
And when is it unnecessary? I already know I have varicose veins, so what are the benefits of having a venous reflux exam?

Are Venus reflux exams painful? (11 answers)
Does either version of the exam hurt? What should I be prepared for?

Should I get a Venous Reflux Exam for my spider veins? (11 answers)
I have a lot of spider veins on my legs, but no pain and no visible varicose veins. However, if I get bruised it takes months to heal and my feet are always cold, even in the summer. Should I get a reflux exam to find out what's going on?

Is VNUS performed under general or local anesthesia? (11 answers)
I need to undergo VNUS procedure on both saphenous veins and my doctor says that it can only be done under general anesthesia. I have read on this site and other that it is usually performed under local anesthesia. Which form of anesthesia is best, local or general?

Can I swim with compression stockings on rather than taking them off and then putting them back on again? (11 answers)
Putting on compression hose is difficult, and I swim 30 minutes around 3-4 pm. daily for exercise. Can I swim with them on?

Can compression stockings cause weakness in the legs? (11 answers)
Can wearing compression stockings cause legs to become weak and difficulty in standing up or getting up and down?

Can compression stockings heal hyperpigmented marks caused by atopic dermatitis? (11 answers)


What kind of compression stockings should women wear after they've had their veins injected? (11 answers)


It feels like I have pins and needles in my feet when I wear compression stockings, what should I do? (11 answers)


After varicose vein surgery do I need to wear compression stockings for the rest of my life? (11 answers)
I have spider veins on my lower ankle, as well as below the knee. If I have surgery, will I need to wear compression stockings for the rest of my life?

can I use compression stockings if I have an ulcer on my leg? (11 answers)
Can I use compression stockings if I have an ulcer on my leg? I've had surgery two years ago because of the ulcer. After a few months the ulcer healed but now it has coem back again. Would I need to have surgery again?

What is the best level of compression for a RN? (11 answers)
I would like "save" my legs and buy compression stockings. I dont have any other medical problems that would require me to use the stockings other that I am a nurse and am on my feet a lot. What level of comrpession would you recommend I start with?

How long do I have to wear compression stockings? (11 answers)
How long are stockings required after endovenous laser ablation? How do they help?

Can wearing Compression Stockings improve varicose and spider veins if they are not too bad? (11 answers)
I'm hoping to only have to wear them for several months. If there is improvement will discontinuing their use make the vein problems come back?

Can compression stockings help with severe leg pain? (11 answers)
After working a 12 hour shift, my legs hurt so bad I can't sleep. I have tried several name brand shoes and support hose. Is it possible that compression hose might help this?

I have a DVT in my left leg and have to wear a compression sock because the valve is broken. Is there a surgical treatment to fix this? (11 answers)
I have to wear a compression sock because I had a DVT and the valve in the vein that runs behind my knee is broken. I am still young and would like this fixed so I don't have to wear the sock. Is there a procedure to fix this?

What can be done to treat lipodermatosclerosis? (11 answers)
I am about two months into treatment for chronic venous insufficiency? I have had laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy with very little results. Can anything be done to treat lipodermatosclerosis after the veins are treated. I wear compression hose.

Is vein mapping done with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (11 answers)
Is the vein mapping procedure done with Endovenous Laser Ablation?



How long before I will see an improvement in the ropey appearance of the treated varicose veins? (11 answers)
I have just had the endovenous laser ablation procedure. A lot of the leg discomfort I had before the procedure is gone. How long after treatment will I see an improvement in the ropey appearance of the varicose veins?

How do you treat perforator problems with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (11 answers)
I have distended, ropey veins on the anterior surface of my left calf and have been told that my problem involves the perforator veins. How would you treat this? Would you use traditional laser or "cold" laser?

Is EVLT or RFO the same as Vein Ligating? (11 answers)
I want to know if the 2 procedures listed above is technically the same as ligating?

Can one have EVLT done while pregnant or trying to get pregnant? (11 answers)
Is it possible to have my veins treated with EVLT and phlebectomies and possible foam sclerotherapy now if I am planning to get pregnant again in the future? Do I have to wait until I decide not to have more children?

Which compression grade should I wear? (11 answers)
I am 27 weeks pregnant and am suffering from moderate varicose veins in my right leg and minor ones in the left. Which grade of compression stocking should I wear?

I have pain in my belly after wearing compression stockings, could the two be related? (11 answers)


Is there any problem with using footless knee-high compression stockings? (11 answers)
I am a nurse who works 13 hour shifts. Can I wear footless knee-high compression stockings?

Are compression stockings advisable if you have a DVT and peripheral neuropathy? (11 answers)


Why would my legs swell if I had a vein and artery (Doppler) ultrasound but no clots were found? (11 answers)


Will knee-high support hose cause additional pain to my already painful legs? (11 answers)
I'm 84 yrs old. My diagnosis is stasis dermatitis with pigmentation and varicosities, though they aren't visible to me. The doctor cannot grasp my legs due to intense pain, also leg cuff. Will wearing compression stockings cause additional pain, or will they help?

Would laser light therapy help reduce superficial veins? (11 answers)
I had endovenous therapy on R and L leg a year ago,but I still notice visible veins on both legs. I think these may be superficial veins, which need another treatment. Would you recommend laser light therapy as an alternative treatment for these?

My ability to walk is severely limited, am I at greater risk for blood clots following endovenous laser ablation? (11 answers)
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 ablation?

What do I do about my ELA/sclerotherapy-related symptoms? (11 answers)
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 doesn't have answers for me. Why am I worse off and what should I do?

How long should I take off work for the EVLA procedure? When can I resume sex? (11 answers)
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 I can resume sex?

I have burning pain at my incision site, is this normal? (11 answers)
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 from the incision?

Why do I need to wait two weeks after EVLA to begin lifting heavy weights? (11 answers)
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 with increased heart rate, thus increased blood flow?

Why are varicose veins appearing on the back of my leg following endovenous laser ablation of the greater saphenous veins? (11 answers)
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 there is no insufficiency of the short saphenous.What can it be?

I had vein stripping & endovenous laser ablation to get rid of my varicose veins, but neither have produced good results. Why is this? (11 answers)
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. My doctor suggested 2 more treatments on the left leg to resolve the vein swelling and lower redness. I'm very disappointed with the results of the ELA procedure. I've experienced in 11/12 no changes. Why is this?

Is it normal to have pain and other symptoms when returning to work three weeks after endovenous laser treatment? (11 answers)
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 after treatment? My skin also feels sensitive, like it's burnt. Did I return to work too soon?

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? (11 answers)


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? (11 answers)


Following endovenous laser ablation, does my blood clot risk increase if I am thin? (11 answers)
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 does thinness have nothing at all to do with clotting?

What are the pros and cons of having EVLA now versus later? (11 answers)
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 pros and cons of doing it now vs. waiting. Thanks.

Is burning in the foot normal during the laser portion of EVLA? (11 answers)
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 curious as to whether this experience is common.

What are my risks with EVLA if I have a protein S deficiency? (11 answers)
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 sleeping. I'm a mom of 11-yr old triplets, so even a slight risk scares me. What are the risks with this procedure and are there any particular risks if I have a protein S deficiency?

Can I tan post-radiofrequency ablation? (11 answers)
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 to sun exposure post-procedure. Will tanning permanently change the color of my skin in the treated area?

How long will it take for my EVLA-related symptoms to go away? (11 answers)
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 normal? I'm beginning to regret having the procedure done. I didn't have these complications before.

The "track" in my leg still feels bruised and stingy 4 months after EVLT, will this go away? (11 answers)
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 this ever go away?

Is my ELA medically necessary? Cosmetically, I do not need it. (11 answers)
The duplex scan on both legs revealed a poor return of blood to the heart in one leg, but my doctor has recommended and scheduled ELA on both legs. I do not have any symptoms. Should I have ELA?

Should I get a second opinion? (11 answers)
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 another option other than the laser ablation?

Is swelling normal after closing veins with endovenous laser ablation? (11 answers)
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 still have swelling in my foot that doesn't go away. Is this normal?

Does EVLT reduce the chance of a future clot? (11 answers)
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 chance of getting another clot in the future?

What can I do about a DVT after endovenous surgery? (11 answers)
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. When can I expect to get rid of it?

How many hours a day do I have to wear a compression stocking after EVLT? (11 answers)
It has been a week since my EVLT procedure, and I am wondering if I should continue wearing the compression stocking?

Is there a stem cell treatment for veins after EVLT? (11 answers)
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 as well. is there a stem cell treatment for veins?

Do I need an Endovenous Vein Ablation for severe edema? (11 answers)
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 varicose veins, but he is concerned about clots.

Post Surgery (11 answers)
Is it OK to take Levitra after having this surgery?

I had ablation surgery 3 weeks ago on my right leg, am I okay to use the tanning bed? (11 answers)
I had ablation surgery 3 weeks ago on my right leg, am I okay to use the tanning bed?

I had EVLT nearly 2 yrs ago on my left GSV. I now have pain & swelling in my left calf. Why? (11 answers)
Could my surgeon have performed surgery on the wrong vein, or has it reopened or do I now have a new insuff.? I am 44, active, slender, healthy, and lately my left calf has begun to swell toward the end of the day. It causes brief stabbing pain occasionally.

How long does pain after EVLT last? (11 answers)
I am just over 2 weeks post EVLT and still have pain. As long as I take an anti-inflammatory the pain subsides. Visually the inner thigh looks good. How much longer will the pain last?

How much bleeding is expected after ELA? (11 answers)
I just had Endovenous laser ablation and some of my bandages are blood soaked. Is this normal or is something wrong?

Can Endovenous Laser Ablation be used on a Vulvar Vericosity? (11 answers)
Can Endovenous Laser Ablation be used on a Vulvar Vericosity?

Can veins come back after Endovenous Laser Ablation? (11 answers)
I had a prominent but otherwise normal blue vein under my right eye removed, and the results were great. I only got one treatment, and then a few weeks later it seems like the blue vein is getting darker, as I can see it again. Is it coming back?

Should I still have bruises (that never disappear) on the leg that had Endovenous Laser Ablation 10 months ago? (11 answers)
Is this normal?

Do Varicose Veins cause you to have severe leg cramps? (11 answers)
Is this a side effect of having varicose veins and can varicose vein surgery effectively treat this condition?

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? (11 answers)
An ulcer developed near my ankle 2 weeks after laser and sclerotherapy. Here is a picture: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7a1o1r4ojvbjppk/S.jpg The doctor said it would heal by itself if bandaged for 2 months. Is this true? Shouldn't more be done?

Should I still wear a compression stocking 3 weeks after sclerotherapy treatment?? (11 answers)
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 prevent varicose veins from coming back again. Is that true?

Can sclerotherapy treated spider veins look pretty much the same after sclerotherapy as they did before treatment and still get absorbed away? (11 answers)
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? I'm worried as they are not darker or inflamed. Thank

I had all of my veins treated with laser and sclerotherapy injections but my spider veins have come back, why is this happening? (11 answers)
I had all of my veins (big and small) treated with laser and sclerotherapy injections, but all of my spider veins have reappeared. Why is this happening? I feel like I spent a lot of money for nothing. I have no real results to show for.

Why can't I take ibuprofen during treatments? (11 answers)
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 and not move! I am told to walk without limping but it is virtually impossible to do so without at least 400 mg.

I have large ropey veins in the back of my knee following endovenous laser ablation, should I try sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy? (11 answers)


Are large facial veins treatable with sclerotherapy? (11 answers)
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/cheek bone area is risky. Any thoughts? Can my facial veins be treated?

Have I done any damage to my veins or have I affected the sclerotherapy procedure by being in the sun tanning? (11 answers)
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 procedure?

Sclerothrapy during menstrual cycle. (11 answers)
Is it ok to do sclerotherapy during menstrual cycle?

Should my legs ache 4 weeks after sclerotherapy? (11 answers)
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 before sclerotherapy.

Must bandages be used after procedure? (11 answers)
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 have always had a great result.Is this acceptable?

Can I have an alcoholic beverage soon after I had scleortherapy on my spider veins? (11 answers)


What should I do if my ankle has been hurting for nearly two months? (11 answers)
Might I need Sclerotherapy?

Is it normal to have more veins appear around the area where I had sclerotherapy done? (11 answers)
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

I had varicose vein surgery 4 years ago, should I still have pain while exercising? (11 answers)
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 along the track where my vein was stripped. Is this normal?

I have pain in my left leg, could it be varicosed? (11 answers)
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 low and so now I'm on vitamin D pills, but they are not helping. I have showed a neurologist. Is it possible that I have a varicosed vein or vein disease?

Can a person die from blood clots after a varicose vein treatment? (11 answers)
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.

Why would a surgeon leave surgical clips in my upper groin after varicose vein stripping? (11 answers)
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 groin. They are to be removed. Why would he do this?

What does the burning hot sensation after varicose vein surgery mean? (11 answers)
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?

When undergoing Varicose Vein Surgery I was wondering if they could numb my leg instead of giving me anesthesia? (11 answers)
I was wondering if they could numb my leg because I don't like Anesthesia and want to be awake during the surgery. Or are there alternatives for treating varicose veins so I won't have to have surgery for my varicose veins?

Do you offer a Vein Surgery/treatment under sedation? (11 answers)
What is the most effective surgery that is least painful?

I have been having foot problems after Sclerotherapy, couldit be related to the procedure? (11 answers)
After having sclerotherapy 6 weeks ago, now I am having intense pain in my foot and am having trouble walking on it. is this normal? The physician says it is not related to the sclerotherapy or vein stripping i had done on same leg.

Will alcohol affect my upcoming sclerotherapy? (11 answers)
I've heard that drinking can dilate blood vessels. Will this affect my sclerotherapy procedure? Should I stay away from alcohol for a certain amount of time? I normally have 1 or 2 drinks 3 or 4 times per week.

Does wearing high heels result in spider veins around the ankles (11 answers)
I’m worried about my circulation.

I have bruising from Sclerotherapy injections that I had 8 weeks ago is this normal? (11 answers)
It has been 8 weeks since I had spider and 1 surface blue vein injected by vein surgeon. I still have black blue spots and the surface vein looks worse, will this correct itself or do i need more treatments/ new doc??

How many months after sclerotherapy is it safe to become pregnant? (11 answers)
How long do sclerotherapy chemicals stay in the bloodstream?

Can I take allergy medicine after Sclerotherapy? (11 answers)
I had the procedure 2 days ago. Today my GP prescribed MethylPrednisolne, 4mg for allergies. Is this safe to use?

After sclerotherapy treatment more spider veins appeared (11 answers)
It's been 2 weeks since my first sclerotherapy treatment, and the area that was injected has new spider veins?

Is Laser light therapy the best treatment to help a red blotchy face? (11 answers)
I was born with a small red birthmark about the size of a quarter on my face. Over many years it has grown and now covers half my face and some of my neck and chin. It looks like varicose veins on my face, and is very embarrassing. Is there anything that can be done for it?

can you tan after having the Sclerotherapy procedure? (10 answers)
I had the procedure done, but I was not told if I could tan.

Will I have to avoid hot or cool water after Sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
Could hot water from a jacuzzi or hot shower, or cold water in a swimming pool, negatively affect my vein treatment results? How long should I refrain from the hot tub and pool?

How soon after microphlebectomy can sclerotherapy be begin? (10 answers)
How soon can sclerotherapy begin after a microphlebectomy?

What is the difference between Sclerotherapy and Foam Sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
I'm looking to treat my spider veins with Sclerotherapy, but have no idea what the difference between foam and traditional sclerotherapy are.

Is there a way to prevent spider veins? (10 answers)
My mother and sister both have spider veins on their thighs and knees. Is there anything I can to do prevent spider veins as I get older?

Is sclerotherapy safe to have while pregnant? (10 answers)
I have a spider vein on my cheek, can I get it treated now or should I wait until I have the baby?

Is sclerotherapy best treatment for a bunch of spider veins? (10 answers)
My thighs are basically covered in a network of spider veins. If I choose sclerotherapy, will each tiny vein have to be injected? Are there any other options?

Does Sclerotherapy have to be repeated? (10 answers)
Will sclerotherapy permanently get rid of spider veins, or will I have to keep getting treatments forever?

How is polidocanol related to Sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
I've heard conflicting accounts. What exactly is polidocanol?

How long does it take for Sclerotherapy to work? (10 answers)
I hade sclerotherapy yesterday, but I can still see a few of the veins that were treated. How long until all the veins disappear?

Is it possible to remove too many veins with varicose vein surgery? (10 answers)
I have a large number of varicose veins covering both legs. I want to get them treated but I'm afraid I won't have many veins left! Is there a point where you shouldn't have them all removed/injected because there won't be enough circulation?

Is it normal to have a Phlebectomy in the doctor's office and not a hospital? (10 answers)
I just consulted with a doctor about my large varicose veins. He advised me that he could take them out by phlebectomy in his office under local anestic. Is this normal or should I find a doctor to do this procedure in a hospital.

Why do Varicose Veins get worse during pregnancy? (10 answers)
Is the association between Varicose Veins and pregnancy because of the weight gained during pregnancy? Or are there other factors involved?

What treatment options do I have with Deep System Reflux? (10 answers)
I just had a venus reflux exam indicating I have superficial & deep system reflux which has changed from a year ago. I'm concerned about my leg's future if the superficial cannot be treated because it will put stress on the deep system. Any options

Is varicose vein surgery a better choice for someone who is overweight? (10 answers)
I am significantly overweight and have very painful varicose veins in my legs. Is it better for me to have surgery or endovenous laser treatment?

Can high blood pressure affect varicose vein surgery? (10 answers)
Could elevated blood pressure increase risks during microphlebectomy or other varicose vein surgery or procedures? Is there a recommended treatment for those with HBP?

What kind of anesthesia is used during Varicose Vein Surgery? (10 answers)
Would I be put under, or is just a local used?

ls it normal to have soreness and a lump three weeks after varicose vein surgery? (10 answers)
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?

Could spasms in the top of my foot be because of varicose veins? (10 answers)
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. Is this causing my spasms in my foot?

Will wearing compression stockings before vein surgery improve my outcome? (10 answers)
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?

Will dark Lines after vein ablation fade? (10 answers)
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 than the veins did.

What can I do about a small clot of trapped blood after sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
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?

What is the difference between sclerosants Used for sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
What is the difference between "Sodium tetradecyl sulfate" (Sotradecol) and Sodium Morrhuate (Scleromate)? Which of these sclerosants would you use, and why?

How much is too much sclerotherapy (10 answers)
I've had laser treatment of my left and right front saphenous veins and my left back saph vein. The follow up to this is Sclerotherpy to close off some branches. I had three injections on the right leg and seven on the left. He wants to do more. Should I ?

If there is no visible inflammation, did sclerotherapy work? (10 answers)
I had sclerotherapy in a vein on my calf 3 days ago. I thought the vein was supposed to look worse or that I should have some inflammation, but things have not changed much, except for a tiny dark spot. Does this mean the sclerotherapy did not work?

I have spider veins and reticular leg veins, is jogging going to make the spider veins worsen or help? (10 answers)


I had a calf tear 6 weeks after my final sclerotherapy treatment, what precautions should I take? (10 answers)
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 a sports medicine doctor soon, but are there any special things to look out for during rest and rehab from this injury? Should I isolate my calf for a while?

What size veins are ideal for sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
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 symptoms. I have red spider veins, too. What size veins are ideal for sclerotherapy?

What could be done if my doctor possibly injected the wrong vein? (10 answers)
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 have a tight rubber band inside near the treated area. Is it possible he treated a good vein?

When is varicose vein surgery the best treatment option? (10 answers)
From what I see online it seems that minimally-invasive options like endovenous ablation are always being recommended for varicose veins, and I can see why, but is there ever a time where surgery is preferred? Are there benefits to surgery?

What is the difference between these two varicose vein surgical procedures? (10 answers)
What is the difference between ambulatory phlebectomy and transilluminated powered phlebectomy? What would each be used for?

Is Endovenous Laser Ablation effective in treating lipodermatosclerosis? (10 answers)
Is EVLT recommended for lipodermatosclerosis (LDS)?

Is it safe to have VNUS surgery if there is a blockage in the groin area? (10 answers)
Is it adviseable to have VNUS surgery when there is blockage in the groin area? I am very healthy, not overweight & not diabetic.

How long should I wait after the procedure before I start lifting weights and running? (10 answers)
I had the procedure done on one leg 2 weeks ago and the other leg 1 week ago. I usually go to the gym 3 times a week but I haven't gone since I had the 1st procedure done. When is it safe to begin heavy exercising again?

Will vein reappear with a second pregnancy? (10 answers)
After my first child, I suffered from varicose veins. I didn't gain much weight during the pregnancy, but it was mostly due to hormones.
After having EVLA and sclero treatment, I am afraid to have a second child. Will my varicose veins reappear?

Is the endovenous ablation a good alternative to correct poor circulation in the legs after having a DVT? (10 answers)
I am on Coumadin and since I had the DVT in June 09, my quality of life has diminished. If I sit down for an hour and intend to stand u I look like very old lady. It is painful and so tired of my legs and feet, the heel hurts very much.

Is surgery going to help? (10 answers)
I have severe reflux on both saphenous veins and Femoral vein. Doctor says surgery on saphenous veins is going to help but I don't see how since I still have valve problem on femoral vein, and blood is still going to leak down. Please help me understand.

Vein removal with EVLA? (10 answers)
I have a bulging vein around my knee, and I have a beauty on my calf, plus a another around my groin area, can they be removed with EVLA?

Need to decide between VNUS closure and Endo Laser Ablation (10 answers)
I had my large saphenous vein removed and now I need my smaller saphenous vein removed in R/L and large saphenous in L/L. I Have 2 good doctors and have read that vnus has less bruising. Is it better than ELT?

How long after laser ablation and also sclerotherapy is it recommended to wait before resuming weight lifting (heavy weights)? (10 answers)


How long will I have scar tissue after Endovenous Laser Ablation? (10 answers)
I've read that after EVLT, the vein turns into fibrous scar tissue. How bad will it look and how long until my body absorbs it?

should I have muscular pain in my thight in the leg that I had the ablation done on and is there need to call my doctor? (10 answers)
should I have muscular pain in the thigh that I had my ablation done. Is there a need to call my doctor?

If something was seriously wrong after EVLA, would I know it? (10 answers)
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 I know it? It is normal to experience unbearable pain, swelling of the leg, throbbing, etc?

How long will it take for the veins in my legs to disappear after endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
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 disappear in due time? It would be depressing if they were still there after going though this pain.

If an EVLA procedure fails, should it be fixed free of charge? (10 answers)
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 procedure. It still feels tight like a cord and I have pain in the same spot. If the specialist did in fact fail at the procedure, should it be fixed free of charge?

How long does it take for a wound and scar to heal post-endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
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 although it is not bulging, the area is still dark and has a small scar. How long will it take for the wound to heal and for my scar to disappear?

New veins are appearing after my endovenous laser ablation 4 months ago, what does this mean? (10 answers)
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 that was operated on is gone but more are appearing, what does this mean?

I still have pain 7 months after an endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (10 answers)
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 tender to touch, especially if I apply light pressure. Is this normal?

Can veins become varicose again two years after having an endovenous laser ablation and varicocele embolization? (10 answers)
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 am again having pain in my left leg. Is it possible for the vein to become varicose again, or are other veins at issue?

How can I relieve the pain, tightness and pressure I'm experiencing after endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
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 on the lesser saphenous vein from the mid-calf to the knee. Since the procedures, I have pain, tightness and pressure on the inside and back of my knee. It gets worse during and after exercise. What will help?

More varicose veins appeared after having endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? Can the surfacing varicose veins be related to the procedure? (10 answers)
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 normal? Can they be related to the procedure?

I've seen no change in my ELA-related symptom after taking Neurontin, is this normal? (10 answers)
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 know I can ask my doctor, but I just want your opinion. Thank you.

Can bladder leakage be a side effect of endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)


Is it safe to continue taking Beyaz post-ablation? Can the drug lead to DVT? (10 answers)
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-ablation. I've been concerned since Beyaz has been linked to DVT.

I have permanent cramping after having an endovenous laser ablation, what should I do? (10 answers)
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 lowering my sodium intake but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm really frustrated and don't know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?

Could the endovenous laser ablation procedure be responsible for my DVT blood clot? (10 answers)
I had an endovenus laser ablation on both legs 2 weeks ago, and 5 days ago I started suffering from a constant cramp in my left calf which was just diagnosed as a deep vein thrombosis blood clot. Could the EVLT procedure be responsible for this clot?

What happens to the Saphenous Vein below the knee after endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
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?

Which vein procedure would I need for varicose veins? (10 answers)
I am trying to find out which vein procedure would be best for me. I have had varicose veins for some time now and on my left legs I have two spiral veins that are more visible. What can I do?

Can laser light therapy treat facial redness and veins? (10 answers)
I'm only 16, and I have lots of small veins and redness on my nose and cheeks. Is laser light therapy good for this? Are there any age restrictions, and how much downtime is needed after each procedure?

My compression stockings are too tight, is there a way to stretch them out? (10 answers)
Unfortunately I bought a pair of compression stockings that are too tight. I have worn them already and can't return them at this point. Is there a way to stretch them them out?

I have an enlarged lymph node in my groin that is 12 cm, are compression stockings advisable? (10 answers)


Which compression hose length and strength level is appropriate for a nurse with no known venous problems? (10 answers)
There are no medical problems, but I am wondering whether it is a good idea to wear knee-high compression stockings if I am a nurse who is on her feet for 13 hours a day. If so, what mmHg level is best?

Can I wear 30-40 mmHg compression stockings 24/7? (10 answers)
I am a 62-year-old diabetic who wears knee-high 30-40 mmHg Juzo compression stockings for edema. I have no wounds and have not undergone surgery. I would like to sleep in my easy chair with my legs lower than my heart because raising my legs is too uncomfortable. Is it OK to wear the hose 24/7? Can I alternate with another pair to clean daily?

My knee-high compression stockings are hurting my upper thighs and groin. Is this normal? (10 answers)
I have venous insufficieny in both legs. I wear knee-high compression stockings, but now they are hurting my upper thighs and groin area. Is this normal?

How much pressure is needed at the ankle and calf area for compression stockings? (10 answers)


What time of day should a patient be measured for knee-high compression stockings? (10 answers)
I have a client whose legs increase in size during the day a lot. By the time I see him (around mid0day) he has 3 times the swelling. He just started to wear TED-like hose, but previously wore support hose. What time of day should I measure him for knee-high stockings?

Should I continue to wear compression stockings when traveling and exercising? (10 answers)
I am a 37 yr old female who had a laser ablation performed on both legs, high ligation on the left leg, and still suffer from reflux. Sclerotherapy is the next form of treatment I am scheduled to have. Should I continue to wear support hose when traveling, exercising, etc since it seems to reoccur?

Is there a risk to the fetus if we did endovenous ablation while patient was 4-5 weeks pregnant? (10 answers)
The patient was unaware she was pregnant. Also is it protocol to do pregnancy tests on everyone prior to laser?

What is the recurrence rate of varicose veins after endovenous laser ablation? (10 answers)
What are the odds the veins will come back after treatment?

What complications are involved with Endovenous Laser Ablation? (10 answers)
If I have had large vessels such as the saphenous closed, is there chance of circulatory problems later on?

My Compression Stockings hurt the back of my knees because of wrinkling fabric, what can I do? (10 answers)
My compression stockings really hurt the back of my knees I cannot get my compression stockings to not have wrinkles. These wrinkles gather around the back of my knee and really hurt. How do I overcome that?

Do Compression Stockings help with Hemosiderosis and Venous Insufficency? (10 answers)
Do Compression Stockings help with Hemosiderosis and Venous Insufficency?

What type of Compression Hose should i choose? (10 answers)
I have spider veins in my both thighs.what type of compression hose should i wear? Below knee or above knee?

Airplane Travel (10 answers)
My wife always has swelling at the ankles when we are on a commercial carrier flight of any distance. Will compression stockings help this? If so , what strength?

Will compression stockings cut off my circulation? (10 answers)
It seems like tight clothes wouldn’t benefit circulation.

Will Compression Stockings help with leg pain? (10 answers)
I am experiencing extreme pain in both calf muscles and have egg size swelling on each outer leg. My GP has recently told me to just go to the drug store and buy support hose because I have symptoms of varicose veins. What are my options?

Are Compression Stockings available in different colors? (10 answers)
What about sheer?

Can compression stockings help my bruised varicose veins? (10 answers)
I have varicose veins in my leg. I hit my leg on the vein and now it is swollen, bruised, and sore. Is this dangerous? What are my options?

Compression socks for long flights? (10 answers)
I am a healthy 45yr old with no circulation problems. I'll be taking long flights (Washing, DC, Bhutan) and wonder if I should wear compression socks as a precaution. would drugstore grade be adequate or should i order medical quality?

Swollen calves due to ruptured baker's cyst. (10 answers)
My calves are swollen due to a ruptured baker's cyst. The doctor's office said to wear TED hose. How do I know what kind and the proper fit?

How long should you wear your compression socks a day? (10 answers)
And should you be physically active while wearing the crompression socks?

Can I remove my compression stockings while sitting? (10 answers)


Abdominal pain while wearing compression pantyhose? (10 answers)
I'm a RN in my 20s and wear 15-20 mmHg compression pantyhose for my 12.5 hour shifts. I have some spider veins on my thighs and the pantyhose prevent them from feeling bruised. However, the pressure hurts my stomach. What can I do to stop this?

Can compression stockings help with varicose veins on the tops of my feet? (10 answers)
I have mild varicose veins in both my legs and on the tops of both feet. From what I've read, compression stockings can help with stabilizing veins in my legs, but what about the veins in my feet?

Do you have to wear compression stockings on both legs if a procedure was on one leg? (10 answers)


How do compression stockings affect a new tattoo? (10 answers)
I wear knee high compression stockings, 20-30 mmHg and am considering getting a tattoo on my lower leg. How will the stocking affect my tattoo's healing process and is this a bad idea with venous insufficiency in the legs?

Can excessive touching cause a vein to not heal properly? (10 answers)
I had the VNUS closure procedure on my leg two weeks ago. I now have firm, cord-like veins on the inside of my leg. I suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and can't stop touching them. Is this a problem? Can excessive touching, not pressing or massaging, cause problems?

When will the swollen, tender and cord-like veins in my leg disappear? (10 answers)
I had the VNUS closure procedure done almost five weeks ago and still have swollen, tender and cord-like veins on the inside of my leg. When will they disappear? Also, can sleeping on my side with the veins pressing against the mattress delay the healing?

Do I have to be put to sleep during the VNUS closure procedure? (10 answers)
I have a VNUS closure next week and the paper work says they will put me to sleep. Is that really necessary? Could I request to stay awake during the procedure? Also, when will I be able to use the elliptical machine again?

Is the Venous Refulx Exam the proper vein problem detection method? (10 answers)
I was wondering what test can be performed to detect which veins in the pelvis are refluxing. I am having a hysterectomy and have been told if we know which veins are refluxing they can be taken care of during the hysterectomy surgery.

Is the correcting reflux veins an urgent procedure?? (10 answers)
My vein mapping test showed reflux and weak veins. The test was done because of pain in leg and varicose veins. I had a DVT in that leg 2 yrs ago. Is the procedure to correct this urgent? Can it be delayed or not done at all?

Large varicose vein (10 answers)
Would a large varicose vein on the side of my leg get better with weight loss? Would it disappear or get smaller?

Can pain and swelling in ankles be from varicose veins? (10 answers)
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 exam next week.

Can foam sclerotherapy be toxic? (10 answers)
Is it bad for your health to have sclerotherapy? It seems dangerous to inject chemicals like that directly into the bloodstream. Couldn't they spread and cause damage to other veins/areas of the body?

What is used to create the foam in foam sclerotherapy? (10 answers)
Is the foam a separate ingredient? What are the chances of an allergic reaction?

I developed thrombophlebitis after EVLT and foam sclerotherapy, what should I do? (10 answers)
I had EVLT performed on both legs. A week later, I had a foam sclerotherapy treatment. I developed thrombophlebitis following the procedures, and was given ibuprofen 600 for 2 weeks. I am finding that I still have no relief. There is pain behind my knee & inner thigh. What should I do?

Does microphlebectomy cause scarring? (10 answers)
I've heard microphlebectomy described as minimally invasive, but from what I understand it's still surgery. Wont there still be scars?

I have numbness after EVLT with phlebectomy, will this ever resolve? (10 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) with phlebectomy on the left leg 3 days ago. I now have numbness around my left ankle, on the left side of my foot, and running up the right side of my shin from the ankle to a few inches below the knee. Will this numbness likely resolve?

How long can I wait to have my great saphenous vein treated? (9 answers)
I recently went in to have sclerotherapy on two veins on the lower left leg. I had endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) on the small saphenous vein and it was VERY, VERY painful. The doctor now wants to do the great saphenous vein, but I have reservations. How long can I wait to have it done? Is there a time frame?

Can you have rope-like varicose veins and not have saphenofemoral reflux? (9 answers)


When would microphlebectomy be used instead of ELA? (9 answers)
It seems like ELA is less invasive.

How does Ultrasound Guided Sclerofoam differ from a Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
What are the things they have in common?

What machine is used in Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
Is it the same one used to view babies in the womb?

Can ultrasound guided sclerotherapy cause ulcers? (9 answers)
After receiving Vnus laser ablation with ultrasound guided schlerotherapy I developed several large ulcers BELOW the knee area.
Any explanation for what could have happened?

Should I get Microphlebectomy and Endovenous Ablation to ensure my varicose veins do not come back? (9 answers)
I have multiple large superficial veins on my legs. Should I get microphlebectomy to get rid of the veins themselves, and then ELA so they don't come back? Or will ELA be enough that I wont need microphlebectomy?

Is there any risk in not doing microphlebectomy after the closure procedure? (9 answers)
My leg feels a lot better after 2 months (not perfect) but some bulging veins remain. Could I worsen my condition if I don't remove the bulging veins? How would blood flow out?

Is microphlebectomy safe for removing varicose veins near the inner ankle bone and foot? (9 answers)


Is an ambulatory phlebectomy the best option for a 25-year-old with varicose veins? (9 answers)
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 I look at to help me minimize them or get rid of them?

Is ultrasound guided sclerofoam used for spider veins? (9 answers)
Is it common to use sclerofoam to treat spider veins? I've heard conflicting answers.

Do I need vein treatment for venous reflux at age 24? (9 answers)
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? And, if not, is it dangerous or weird for my age? I am scared and confused. Can you offer any advice?

Are there any contraindications to having the VNUS Closure procedure done when diagnosed with both superficial and deep venous reflux? (9 answers)
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 vein does not get better? How will blood flow out?

Will a Venous Reflux Exam tell me if I have venous insufficiency? (9 answers)
I can see that I have varicose veins. Are all varicose vein sufferers diagnosed with venous insufficiency? How are these two conditions related?

Are there Venous Reflux Exams for DVI? (9 answers)
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 veins but no varicose veins yet. Treatment options?

what can I do to reduce varicose veins in my wife's legs? (9 answers)
Would elevating her legs to my shoulders while lying in bed and massaging her legs from ankles to thighs help at all?

Are venous reflux exams required before varicose vein treatment? (9 answers)
Do I need to have a venous reflux exam before endovenous ablation procedures? I have very obvious varicose veins on one leg, and already know i want to have them treated with ELA.

I have no varicose veins, but should I get a Venous Reflux Exam? (9 answers)
Ever since my last pregnancy (1 year ago) I have had aching and heaviness in my lower legs, but no visible varicose veins at all. Should I get a venous reflux exam to find out what's going on, or is the discomfort likely caused my something else?

What are the risks and benefits of the VNUS closure procedure? (9 answers)
I am 34 years old and have severe spider veins. My legs ache sometimes, but there is no sign of swelling. My left GS has .66 sec reflux. The right was WNL. I am a runner and of normal weight. A vascular surgeon has suggested the VNUS closure procedure. I am nervous. What are the risks vs benefits?

Is it OK to start wearing a compression sock again many weeks after the VNUS procedure? (9 answers)
I wore the compression sock on the treated leg for the first two weeks. I stopped wearing it for the next three weeks but the healing process seems to be taking longer than I'd like. Is there any issue with me wearing the compression sock again? Will it promote healing?

Can significant weight loss eliminate the need of a VNUS procedure? (9 answers)
It has been suggested by a vascular surgeon that I have CVI or venous reflux. She performed sclerotherapy yesterday on my ankle after a spider vein burst. She suggested that I may be a candidate for VNUS, but my weight is a concern (I am 375 at 5'8").

Is it normal for compression stockings to cause uncomfortable sleeping issues? (9 answers)
My mom had a total knee replacement five days ago and is now complaining of a lot of pressure/pain in her knee from the compression stockings. Is this normal? Would it be safe for her to take off the stockings at night and put them back on in the morning?

Is it normal to get cold, sweaty feet while wearing compression stockings? (9 answers)


I occasionally get cold toes, is it OK to wear compression stockings? (9 answers)
While driving to work and relaxing after work, my toes will get really cold . Sometimes, they get slightly pale. There is no pain or discomfort. Is it safe to wear 8-15mmhg compression stockings? They make my legs feel great. Haven't noticed yet if they affect my cold toes or not.

Why do my thighs get red and puffy after I take off my knee-high compression stockings? (9 answers)
About an hour after I take off my compression socks, I notice that my thighs will feel puffy and hot. Does this mean my socks are too tight? Thanks!

Can wearing knee-length compression stockings cause the upper leg to grow in size by a few centimeters? (9 answers)


Can compression hose cause bruising? (9 answers)
I am a nurse and only wore compression hose to prevent swelling and leg cramps/pain after work when I was pregnant. I just restarted using them but I am not pregnant, but I have noticed SEVERE bruising developing. Could it be caused by the hose?

Is it dangerous to wear compression hose with a run in it? (9 answers)
One of my knee high hose has a run in the foot up into the lower ankle. Can wearing this be dangerous? My doctor advised to wear the hose for fluid retention. If it is not safe, can I wear just one leg until my new hose arrives tomorrow?

Compression Stocking and exercising, especially when jogging long distances? (9 answers)
Is it a good idea/ beneficial to wear compression socks/stockings when exercising? Especially when jogging long distances? I also already have vague signs of some spider veins.

Is is necessary to wait until warfarin dose is therapeutic before wearing compression stockings after diagnosis of DVT? (9 answers)
Is is necessary to wait until warfarin dose is therapeutic before wearing compression stockings after diagnosis of DVT?

Are wearing compression stockings beneficial for my scenario? (9 answers)
I hurt my knee and I've been working on it while it's been sore. I thought I had a blood clot because the calf area was swollen so much, but an ultra sound ruled that out. Now I'm wearing stockings and the swelling is down, but am I doing more damage wearing them? Deb

Can anyone use Compression Stockings? (9 answers)
I don't have spider or varicose veins (yet), but my feet and lower legs are chronically cold and "fall asleep" giving me a tingly feeling at least three or four times per day. Should I try compression stockings to help improve my circulation?

Should I wear compression stockings at night? (9 answers)
I had the procedure this morning and wore the compression stockings all day but I can't remember if the Dr. said to wear them when I sleep?

Do Compression Stockings have to be worn on both legs? (9 answers)
If I have problems with just one leg, can I wear one compression knee high or should I wear both?

Can EVLT make your legs look worse? (9 answers)
Is it possible for EVLT to make your legs look worse after the procedure?

Can EVLT cause nerve damage? (9 answers)
I had EVLT done about three months ago..right after the EVLT procedure i started feeling weird sensations in my ankle and now the pain seems to get worse every day? Could this pain be associated with the procedure?

Can varicose veins come back after endovenous laser ablation? (9 answers)
Or does the treatment permanently remove them?

Will endovenous laser ablation really destroy the greater saphenous vein? (9 answers)
Is that going to affect my circulation?

Can full-length compression stockings cause pain in your feet and calves? If so, is that normal? (9 answers)
I wear full-length compression stockings that go above my waist for trunk and leg lymphodema, but I've been having pain in my feet and calves. Is this normal? Could the discomfort be caused by the stockings?

My legs feel twice as heavy when I run with compression stockings, is this normal? Is there an adjustment period I need to push through? (9 answers)
I recently tried wearing compression stockings to run because my legs fatigue and become heavy. The odd thing is that when I wear the hose while I run, my legs feel twice as heavy than they did without them. Is this normal? Is there an adjustment period I need to push through?

The compression stockings I have are giving me pain, what can I do about this? (9 answers)
I am wearing a 30-40 mmHg thigh-high compression stocking after having laser ablation. At the top of this stocking near the groin, it hurts so much from the tightness and elastic top. Is there anything I can do or a purchase I can make so that the hose is more comfortable?

Can wearing compression socks cause a red line on the back of your leg? (9 answers)
A patient of ours has wore stockings before and had just purchased a new pair. She wore them once and now has a red mark across her calf. Could this be caused by the stockings? She said they fit really well.

Why are compression stockings contraindicated for swelling caused by heart failure or pulmonary edema? (9 answers)


Which is good? NdYag 1064nm or 1320nm for my varicose veins? (9 answers)
One facility is advocating 1064nm NdYag. Other facility is advising 1320nm for my varicose veins(endo venous). What is good?

Would it be wise to wait on ELA to see if my leg symptoms ever get worse? Can I start with sclerotherapy for now? (9 answers)
I feel I'm being rushed into getting an endovenous laser ablation. I've been diagnosed with grade 2 venous problems. Also, my symptoms are mild and my reticular and spider veins are both less than 4mm. Can I wait on ELA until my symptoms get worse? Will sclerotherapy do for now?

Why am I having pain and aches present so long after endovenous laser treatment? (9 answers)
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/throbbing in one leg. The Dr. is unable to help. I saw a 2nd Dr. who said my treated veins were nearly all open or partly occluded. He suggested I wait 6-12 months to reevaluate. Both doctors are certified. What should I do?

Do I have nerve damage? If so, can it be repaired? (9 answers)
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 did not know why this hurt so much and sent me to my doctor.

I may have phlebitis and blisters 1 yr after endovenous laser ablation, are these complications of the procedure? (9 answers)
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 of the procedure? My looks worse now. Why would this occur?

I had endovenous laser ablation 3 months ago but still have groin pain and some numbness after exercising, should I be concerned? (9 answers)
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 exercise that triggered it. Should I be concerned? Why is this happening?

My leg still looks the same as it did before the endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (9 answers)
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?

I had an injury two weeks after endovenous laser ablation, will everything be OK? (9 answers)
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 all over again. Should I be concerned? My doctor told me to place a warm compress on it.

Why has EVLT not improved my chronic leg swelling? (9 answers)
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 than optimistic. What should I expect next?

Are long periods of standing after EVLA safe? (9 answers)
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 days. Is it safe to return to work on the 4th day?

Are bulging veins at the knee after GSV normal and will they go away? (9 answers)
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.

EVLA during pregnancy (9 answers)
What is the risk of performing the procedure while pregnant. I am a surgeon pregnant (2nd tri) with my second. The pain is so great from LSV reflux that I cannot stand or operate. I am looking for answers as to what has been reported about complications.

Enlarged greater saphenous around ankle, is EVLT a good option? (9 answers)
I have a painful/enlarged greater saphenous vein along its course to my groin, however most painful near my ankle bone, does EVLT take care of this distal location since the procedure is only done from the knee to the groin for this vein?

Double Saphenous Vein and EVLT. (9 answers)
I had EVLT done in March. I have a double great saphenous vein. They only did one of them. Now my legs feel (and look) worse than they did before the EVLT. I'm switching docs, but what are the chances of EVLT working on the other vein in that leg?

what is considered 'normal' bruising 5 days post EVLT (9 answers)
EVLT 5 days ago GSV. No serious pain yet. Compression stocking to come off tomorrow, but bruising seems excessive with dark patches and tenderness to touch. I was told to use heating pad, and now I'm reading not to do that. What should I do?

When can I start running after I have this procedure? (9 answers)
I am 52 and 130 lbs. I have been running 2-3 times a week since 2006. I run between 5-26.2 miles at a time. I am healthy otherwise besides being on medication for high blood pressure.

ELA with Factor V Leiden disorder (9 answers)
Are there higher risks for a patient with Factor V Leiden during the endovenous laser ablation procedure?

Is it safe to have endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy on the same leg on the same day? (9 answers)
Is it safe to have endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy on the same leg on the same day?

Do two procedures carry more risk if carried out on the same day?

Why are there more blue veins on my legs after sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
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 saline. Why is this happening?

Is varicose vein surgery, treatments, or spider vein treatments covered by insurance? (9 answers)
I have some friends who’ve had varicose and spider veins treated, some with surgery and some with injections. Some people said that insurance covered it but others said that it didn’t. What determines insurance coverage for vein treatments?

My ankle is slightly puffy and cold after having two sclerotherapy sessions, what should I do? (9 answers)
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 cold feeling. What can I do about this?

Why would cellulite develop after sclerotherapy? What should I do?! (9 answers)
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 better, but now I'm stuck with cellulite! Why did this happen? What can I do about it?

How soon can I resume physical activities after sclerotherapy? (9 answers)


Is it normal to have permanent pain after having extensive sclerotherapy done on all blue surface veins? (9 answers)
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 but still aches underneath the bridge and ball of my foot. Is this normal? Will the pain last forever?

What are the long-term risks associated with sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
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 venous system, thereby damaging healthy valves. Is this really possible? What are the long-term risks associated with sclerotherapy?

How long do the results from sclerotherapy last? (9 answers)


I have lots of veins on my heels and ankles. Are there any treatments that I can do that won't stain brown? (9 answers)
I have thin skin that bruises easily, and I have brown stains from previous sclerotherapy treatments that I did over 7 years ago.

Is there a varicose vein penis treatment? (9 answers)
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 procedure which can fix it? I don't like the look of the vein.

What happens when varicose veins are not treated with surgery? (9 answers)
If surgery for varicose veins is not done, what will be the result? What problems will occur?

Is it normal to still have minor bruising 7 months after varicose vein surgery? (9 answers)


What is wrong with my foot? (9 answers)
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. Sometimes I get stabbing pain in the veins. Why is this happening? What's wrong with my foot?

I have a large vein that may need removal, what are my treatment options? (9 answers)
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 the right knee. Which vein(s) is this? What are my treatment options?

Is it normal to have pain and pressure after radical hysterectomy? (9 answers)
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 still have the pelvic congestion. Now the pain and pressure are getting worse.

Are bruises and lumps normal two weeks after vein stripping surgery? (9 answers)
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?

Will varicose vein surgery help the red sploochy marks on my leg? (9 answers)
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 into a series red spots.I have seen several doctors...help!

What can I do to reduce pain from labia veins during pregnancy? (9 answers)
I had vulvar/labia veins during my third pregnancy and had to spend a lot of time in bed with pain/heaviness etc. That continued three years postpartum so I had varicose vein surgery. Nine months ago, the doctor said I had pcs and removed some huge veins. I am now 6 mos pregnant and the veins are back. Help!

I have visble veins on my legs that are not bulging out like Varicose veins and I don't think they are Spider Veins. What are they? (9 answers)
I am 24 yrs old, and after i had my daughter i noticed my legs are veiny. The veins don't bulge out nor are spidery. i was wondering what are they? How should I get rid of them?

Is Vein Ligation and Stripping safe? (9 answers)
Is this procedure safe or is it risky?

Are there any risks to leaving Varicose Veins untreated? (9 answers)
Will the veins get bigger over time?

Why do varicose veins usually appear in the legs and nowhere else in the body? (9 answers)


What is the name of the special hooks in Varicose Vein Surgery? (9 answers)
It is the tool used to pull veins through microincisions. What are these called?

Is sclerotherapy safe for those with Celiac Disease? (9 answers)
Does the sclerotherapy solution contain any gluten? I want to avoid any bad reactions.

Are there certian medications I should avoid before Sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
I am taking a number of medications for high blood pressure and was wondering if it is safe to have sclerotherapy or if another treatment would be better.

Is it common to need repeat sclerotherapy treatments? (9 answers)
I'm considering sclerotherapy, but want to know if patients typically need more than one treatment to get rid of all of the spider veins in an area.

Can sclerotherapy be performed on hemorrhoids? (9 answers)
Is this a possible treatment method for hemorrhoids?

Will the spider veins come back? (9 answers)
Approximately how long after treatment do your legs stay clear of spider veins?

Treating an open wound from schlerotherapy (9 answers)
The Dr. re-injected a vein, and the solution didn't enter. The next day the injection site had blisters and then later drained onto the stockings. Two weeks later the open wound was treated with antibiotics, and four months later it's still open, ugly, dark, and keloidish. How would you treat the wound & the scar?

How long does it take to show an improvement after the Sclerotherapy is performed? (9 answers)
How long does it take to show an improvement after the Sclerotherapy is performed?

Is it ok to use moisturizing CREAM/LOTIONS containing Vitamin E on areas treated with Sclerotherapy? (9 answers)
Is it ok to use moisturizing creams or lotions containing Vitamin E on areas treated with Sclerotherapy? I've heard that you shouldn't take vitamin E supplements/internally during sclerotherapy, but I'm unsure about externalproducts..

At home remedies for pain in legs? (9 answers)
I had large veins done and also spider veins with 3 or 4 treatments about 1 year ago.
Now I am having sharp pains in the veins in my legs everyday. My legs are still very tender.
Any at home remedy for this, no money left.

Why can't you get sclerotherapy done when pregnant? (9 answers)
Why can't you get sclerotherapy done when pregnant?

Can smoking and drinking the night before a laser vein treatment affect my results? (9 answers)
I had a laser vein treatment today. The night before the procedure I could not sleep. I had 1 beer and 4 cigarettes. Over the weekend, I also had a few drinks. Will this negatively affect my results? Thank you.

My girlfriend is in pain after having a laser treatment to remove a clot, what is wrong? (8 answers)
My girlfriend had a clot removed from her toes after an accident. A laser treatment was performed on her. It was supposed to be a simple surgery, but now she's in horrible pain. It has been two days and she is still connected to the pain pump all the time. What's wrong?!

If my mom has heart problems will laser light therapy affect her health? (8 answers)
My mom is a heart patient who has varicose veins. She is considering laser light therapy to address them. Could this treatment affect her health?

Is this signs that Scelerotherapy did not work? (8 answers)
I had sclerotherapy on several reticular veins for the 2nd time about 1 month ago. At times the veins bulge during the day, but other times look flat. Is this part of the healing process or does this mean that the sclerotherapy did not work? Thanks.

How long does it take for the hard spots and bruising to go away after sclerotherapy for spider veins? (8 answers)
How long does it take for the hard spots and bruising to go away after sclerotherapy for spider veins?

I was told there would be minimal bruising and it would go away in six to eight weeks. Is this true and could you have scars afterwards?

What to do for numbness and tingling in calf and ankle after vein stripping? (8 answers)
I have 7 cuts in my leg between knee and ankle from vein stripping and 3 above...I have just awful tingling and numbness esp. at inner ankle, but all cuts and areas are sensitive 6 months after the surgery. What do I do? adductor tenditis too-


When will Asclera, the new Sclerotherapy treatment, be available? (8 answers)
I heard that Asclera (Polidocanol) was recently FDA approved. When can patients expect this sclerant to be widely available in the US?

How long after treatment can I wait to have a second treatment? (8 answers)
My doctor told me not to wait longer than 5 weeks. I am going on vaction during that time and want to relax in the sun. Can I wait longer between treatments?

Bruising and staining after sclerotherapy treatment, will bleaching cream fade this? (8 answers)
Will a bleaching cream used twice daily (hydroquinone) fade the staining left after sclerotherapy ? How long will I have to use it? I have a few areas that are very, very noticeable after 4 months bruising as well.



Painful spot and hematoma (8 answers)
I had sclerotherapy 1 week ago. Painful, swollen, hematoma(black) is blood trapped? There is also redness and new blue veins around the spot. Went to a dermatologist and he said it would take 2 months to heal. I'm afraid it wont heal nice and there will be pigmentation. Are there alternative treatment options?

How soon after sclerotherapy can I play tennis, run, and dance? (8 answers)
How soon after sclerotherapy can I play tennis? run? dance?

Veins are still there after having sclerotherapy. (8 answers)
I have had 3 treatments of sclerotherapy at Kaiser because of leg pain associated with 22 years of teaching and standing. The ugly veins are still there and the doctor says to wear compression stockings and live with them. Do I have to?

Having big/swollen legs related to varicose veins? (8 answers)
Is the increase in size of my legs, particularly in my calves related to having varicose veins? How will I know? And if sclerotherapy will help?

Is it safe to breast feed while undergoing Sclerotherapy? (8 answers)
How long does the Sclerosing agent remain in bloodstream after procedure? I had it done while breast feeding and was told to just disregard and continue. How long does sclerosing agent remain in bloodstream?

What is the approximate time that Varicose Vein Surgery takes? (8 answers)
How long does the procedure itself take, and how much time should I expect for recovery?

Do Varicose Vein Surgeries hurt? (8 answers)
Do they use local anesthesia?

Am I too young to have varicose vein surgery? (8 answers)
I am only 21 years old but I have painful veins on my left leg. I have had them since I was very young, and they only become worse. They are only on one leg. What is the best option to treat the appearance? Thank you.

I have friend who has dark pigmentaion (8 answers)
I have friend aged 34, modestly built. He travels all day by 2 wheeler. He has dark pigmentation of both legs. It started around ankles and is now spreading up. No veins are visible. Feet are spared. Doctors suggested varicose vein surgery. Does it help?

Is pain and bruising normal 12 weeks after varicose vein surgery? (8 answers)
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.

How long after surgery on your leg will the numbness and aches last? (8 answers)
This pain occurs after I have been active on my legs. My varicose vein surgery was about five months ago.

Do I have reticular veins, or are they normal? (8 answers)
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.

My wound is running after having varicose vein surgery, is this normal? (8 answers)


Can I live safe with compression if I have deep vein reflux? (8 answers)


Is VNUS the same as EVLT? (8 answers)
They sound kind of the same. Can they both treat varicose veins?

My mother's doctor recommended an iodine therapy to treat her varicose veins, is this the appropriate treatment or is there something better? (8 answers)
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 thyromegaly (an enlarged thyroid gland). Is this the appropriate treatment for her or are there better therapies? Please advise.

I have a red bump and tender spot following varicose vein surgery, is this normal? (8 answers)
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 site. Is this normal?

Is embolization a good treatment option for venous malformations in the labia? (8 answers)
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 possible that the venous malformations can reoccur in other areas?

What are the long-term effects after treatment or removal of deep varicose veins? (8 answers)


Can sclerotherapy become toxic if you have too many injections? (8 answers)
Can sclerotherapy become toxic if you have too many injections? What would the side effects be?

bulging calve veins after 2 yrs intense leg workout (8 answers)
I have low body fat,several veins now pop-out in my calves all the time now for the past 2yrs, stopped working-out my legs as well. Will sclerotherapy guarantee me that those exact veins will not bulge or pop-out or do I need a different procedure?

Veins on my ankles and the back of my legs (8 answers)
About a year ago I have large veins taken care of and the scelerotherapy done on spider veins. Now I have bunch of veins all around my ankles and some back on my legs. Is it because I laid in the sun when I was a teenager all the time?

Blood Poisoning/Nerve Damage from sclerotherapy (8 answers)
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?

How many foot veins are safe to inject at one time? Can too much sclerotherapy cause damage? (8 answers)


After sclerotherapy, when can I switch to a lower grade compression stocking? (8 answers)
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?

How effective is Diosmin in treating varicose veins? (8 answers)
Is Diosmin effective for varicose veins as an at home treatment?

Is bruising typical after the varicose vein surgery called vein stripping? (8 answers)
Is bruising normal after vein stripping? The bruise is nowhere near the incision sites, so i was wondering if that is normal or not? The bruise is on my inner thigh, and the incisions are below the knee and one in my groin.

Is thera any chance of getting traveling blood clots after this procedure?? (8 answers)
Is there any chance of getting traveling blood clots after this procedure??

I had this procedure done in March. My leg feels better, even though I know I'm still healing. But the past couple of days I haven't been feeling well....tired, and my chest is achy..just afraid the pain may be the result of a traveling clot..


Thoughts on going to the tanning salon before this procedure? (8 answers)
Is it ok to go to a tanning salon before this procedure? I use the stand up bed, I have arthritis, and find that the tanning makes me feel a lot better.

Confused, not noticing improvement (8 answers)
I had minor reflux, but my reticular leg veins swell especially late in the day. I had 4 EVLTs, and the swelling is still there. The doc said I don't need sclero because the branches aren't open and don't need treatment. Why am I not seeing results?

Sapheno Femoral Junction? (8 answers)
Can a laser effectively occlude an incompetent Sapheno femoral Junction? If it does, which modality is better; Diode or NdYag?

Can you get bone irritation after the Endovenous Laser Ablation? (8 answers)
Is this a normal side-effect?

After 2 weeks post EVLT, the doctor said I needed to redo the procedure? (8 answers)
I had EVLT preformed 3 weeks ago. When I went for the 2 week follow-up ultrasound it showed that the vein was still open and doctor said he needed to redo the procedure. Please advise - I thought this was a one-time procedure.

Driving after having endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
When may I start driving after my venous procedure? I had ELA 10 days ago on right leg.

EVT after varicose vein surgery (8 answers)
I had varicose vein surgery (ligation and stripping) 10 years ago. My problems came back and I've had many rounds of sclerotherapy. Now my doctor recommends EVT. Is that OK?

Karate & kickboxing after EVLA and Sclerotherapy (8 answers)
I had EVLA done on 3 veins recently. I know 1 was the small saph., the other two names I am not sure. Also had sclerotherapy on both legs. When can I go back to karate and kickboxing. We do kick pads pretty hard. Training for my black belt!

Is it normal for new veins to appear in my leg after endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy? (8 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy but I keep spotting new veins appearing in my leg. Is this normal?

I should mention that I suffered from phlebitis in this leg following surgery and it has never felt the same since as it aches and feels heavy. I have new veins in my upper thigh and calf. What should I do?

Is it possible to only do a partial ablation of the greater saphenous vein? (8 answers)
Is it possible to only do a partial ablation of the greater saphenous vein?

Is Endovenous Laser Ablation necessary? (8 answers)
Originally went to get checked out about my spider veins & was told that I have 4 incompetent veins & need the laser treatment. Didn't give me any info/explanation of their findings. Not even sure what they mean. I'm completely lost, please help! (27 and never had kids)

What are the short & long term risks of this procedure? (8 answers)
I had the Endovenous laser treatment on my upper leg,(long Saph?)Doctor wants me to do all four, I'm questioning if I really need all of that done. Can this cause me harm in the short or long term?

My leg is extremely itchy and uncomfortable one week after endovenous laser ablation, what should I do? (8 answers)


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? (8 answers)


I had severe groin pain after endovenous laser ablation, should I worry? (8 answers)
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 pain. After an ultrasound, he told me to take one aspirin a day. Should I be worried? The closing at the vein is .25 centimeters away from the deep vein. I tried to ask the doctor and he quickly changed the subject.

Why do I have pain behind my left knee (back of leg, not kneecap)? (8 answers)
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 painful. Should I be concerned about nerve damage?

Is it safe to take the morning-after pill (Plan B) one to two weeks after endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy? (8 answers)


Will my symptoms and venous problems clear up with endovenous laser ablation? Should I wait for treatment? (8 answers)
Bluish reticular veins have appeared over 1 year, just in the front and top of the right thigh. They travel in different directions. I was diagnosed with a grade 2, venous dilation, and venous insufficiency greater that 2 seconds a junction (so RGSV positive). I have mild symptoms. Will my symptoms and venous problems clear up with ELA? Should I wait to get treatment?

I have red streaks that look like scratches, could it be related to the endovenous laser treatment I had? (8 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation performed on both legs. I flew 2 hours and the next day I was in the car for several hours. In both instances I wore compression hose. Now, however, I have red streaks that look like scratches on the back of both my thighs. Are the scratches related to the laser treatment? Or, could they be due to the compression stockings?

My ankles started to swelling a week after endovenous laser ablation, is this normal? (8 answers)
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? He gave me antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicine and a compression sock. Will all of this work?

Is it safe to wear compression stockings after you've had stress fractures on your feet? What if you also have neuropathy and leg swelling? (8 answers)


Should I wear compression stockings while exercising? I have a lot of spider veins and lift heavy weights. (8 answers)
I have a lot of spider veins on my legs. I lift heavy weights at the gym. Should I be wearing compression stockings while exercising to help prevent more veins, or does it matter? Thank you for your help!

Can compression stockings cause nerve damage? (8 answers)
I wore knee-length compression stockings during a 15+ hour flight. Now I have a numb-feeling on a patch of skin on the outside of my leg, just above the knee. I get periodic tingling; there's no pain but tingling like when a limb goes to sleep. Do socks cause nerve damage? It doesn't bother me but it feels weird.

Which has greater compression, TED hose or running compression socks? (8 answers)


Can compression stockings cause headaches? (8 answers)
I have been asked by a dr. to wear compression stockings until we find out if I have a blood clot in my lower right leg. I wonder if a side effect of wearing them could be headaches. Thank you.

My eye has been red ever since I started wearing compression stockings, is this normal? (8 answers)


Is a difference of 3 cm in the ankle too much for a compression pantyhose to remain effective? (8 answers)
I need to wear compression stockings and have been measured in a shop. They recommended a size small based on the size chart, but it will be too tight on my stomach. The medium, on the other hand, fits but not on the ankle. There is a +3cm difference. Can I still wear the medium and get the same benefits?

I had a pulomonary embolism, can I take my compression stockings off while I exercise? (8 answers)
I had a pulmonary embolism a month ago. I want to start exercising gradually (I'm an active young adult), but I think it'll be uncomfortable with the compression stockings. I know it can be difficult to put them on again and that I should wear them all day. What do you recommend? Is it OK to take them off when I exercise?

If you wear thigh-high compression stockings, will it cause your overall body to feel cold? If so, is this OK? (8 answers)
I'm normally hot-natured. I wore compression stockings yesterday and felt cold. I took them off last night and felt my normal self this morning. Does this mean they're too tight? Or, does this mean it's helping my circulation and I'm not used to it? Thank you

My compression stocking is pinching the top of my knee and leaving sore marks, should I continue to wear it? (8 answers)
The knee-high compression sock is pinching the top of my knee and leaving sore marks (indentations). My job requires me to stand all day. I have spider veins in my ankles and on the side of my outer calf. Should I continue to wear the stocking even though it's uncomfortable?

What qualifications are required for a specialist performing endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
I'm interested in having the procedure done. What should I look for in a specialist? What kind of training and/or degrees are required to be qualified to perform vein procedures?

How is veinwave different from endovenous ablation? (8 answers)
What makes this product unique?

Is surgery really necessary for varicose veins? (8 answers)
Are endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation suitable for varicose veins in the upper part of the thigh? I consulted my surgeon for alternative techniques, he said sclerotherapy would not work. Would these other two methods be suitable?

Sciatica pain. Will compression stockings help with the pain? (8 answers)
I presently suffer from a sciatica for the 1st time. Lots of pain in my calf area and particularly in one pinpoint spot in the calf along with hip/groin pain.
I wonder if stockings will help my calf pain and is it safe at 20/30 compression?
Thank you

Who benefits from wearing Compression Stockings? (8 answers)
What devices are available to help me put on my compression stockings?

I wear compression Stockings since my pulmonary embolism, do I need to wear these stockings during sport & exercise? (8 answers)
Is this necessary?

Is your leg supposed to hurt when you wear compression stockings? (8 answers)
Around my knee was hurting, and the doctor said I'm now getting varicose veins. Current treatment is to wear stockings and take Daflon, but now when I wear the compression gd 2 stockings, my entire leg is hurting.

Compression hose (8 answers)
I bought compression hose online at a doctor recommended site. Does the tightness and compression in the stomach cause a problem from the hose? I thought you want to avoid tightness in the stomach area.

Why do my muscles hurt more in my legs? (8 answers)
I was measured for the stockings and need to use them during my pregnancy, but I find them uncomfortable, itchy and my leg muscles or calf muscles have been killing me since I started using these stockings. I'm thinking it's not worth it!

Will it hurt me if I wear class II stocking with spider telangiectasia legs? (8 answers)


My leg is swollen with compression stocking is this normal? (8 answers)
I have dvt in my right calf, it has only been 3 weeks since i found out. My leg still swells after 3 weeks even when i wear my compression stocking 20 -30. Is this normal. Should I be take it off and elevate my leg or leave it on?

Are footless compression stockings just as effective as full-coverage hose following endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
My vascular surgeon did an ultrasound and prescribed endovenous laser ablation. She also suggested that I wear compression stockings after the procedure. However, due to severe psoriasis and eczema on my feet, I cannot wear full-coverage stockings that cover them. They must always be in wet dressings, but cannot be fully covered. Would footless compression stockings be just as effective as full-coverage hose following the procedure?

What are the alternatives to TED stockings for patients with very, very sensitive skin? (8 answers)
I have a patient who needs TED stockings post-hip replacement surgery, but she has very, very sensitive skin. Any type of textile causes redness and itching. Do you know of any alternatives?

What do I do if my thigh-high stockings are digging into my groin? (8 answers)
I'm a few days out from a knee arthroscopy and manipulation. I have had the TED hose before when they did an ACL reconstruction and never had a problem. The stocking that was recently prescribed has been digging into my groin, causing it to become raw and painful. What can I do to fix this?

Is it common to have a bad experience wearing the Ted stocking? (8 answers)
I had total hip replacement on the left side and after surgery wore thigh-highTed stockings on both legs. I woke up in the middle of the night with stinging pain in one leg above the knee. My stocking had rolled down. The doctor did ultrasound and there was no clot. My leg hurts and then goes numb. Is this normal and what should I do?

I now have 10 times the amount of blue veins down my outer legs after VNUS. Is this common and what is happening? (8 answers)
I had vnus closure on both legs in July/August 2011. I recently increased my exercise to get my legs in shape. I now have dark blue veins appearing, getting worse by the minute down my entire outer thighs, back of legs, and back of knees and calves. Why is this?

Are there long-term side effects or considerations in removing the saphenous vein? (8 answers)
I am 34 years old and want to proceed with VNUS and phlebectomy as a treatment for saphenous vein reflux. I have unsightly red, blue, and brown spots and enlarged veins on my feet. Are there any long-term effects of saphenous vein removal to consider?

Do I need VNUS if I have only mild GSV reflux? (8 answers)
I'm a 25-year-old female who developed spider veins on thighs and blue reticular veins behind knee both legs 3 years ago. I had ultrasound and found out I have 0.3 to 0.5 sec reflux in GSV right leg. My doctor told me I have to do VNUS, but I don't have symptoms, so is the VNUS a good idea?

How soon can I resume squatting to pick things up after the VNUS procedure? (8 answers)
I've heard that squatting puts added pressure on your leg veins, which is not good for people prone to varicose veins. I've also heard that squatting is a good exercise for people with vein issues. Which is true? Is it safe to squat 7 weeks after the VNUS closure procedure?

Where can I get a Venous Reflux Exam? (8 answers)
I have a few visible varicose veins, and general heaviness. I think I may need a Venous Reflux Exam. Can they be performed at a general practitioner's office, or should I go to a vein specialist or a hospital?

What can a Venous Reflux Exam tell me? (8 answers)
How does this treatment measure my veins effectiveness?

Will I have swollen legs for life? (8 answers)
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 calf. He said that I would have swelling for life. Is he right?

My ultrasound showed no reflux, so why am I experiencing a lot of pain? (8 answers)
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 ultrasound at Mayo Clinic, no reflux was found. I was in a standing position during the exam. If no reflux was found, should I be experiencing so much pain? I have to sit down and elevate my legs constantly, as it's hard to stand up.

Is it common to have an exam that show deep vein reflux but no superficial varicose veins or swelling? (8 answers)
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 off. Any suggestions in terms of the next steps I should take? I am confused. Thx.

Is a MRI contrast safe when you have reflux in the femoral deep vein? (8 answers)
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, but I read that the dye can cause clotting. What are the risks of doing a MRI contrast when you have reflux in the femoral deep vein? Is the MRI safe?

Are only phlebologists allowed to perform Foam Sclerotherapy? (8 answers)
I’ve seen the procedure advertised at medspas, and wondered who is qualified to perform it legally.

What is your take on ambulatory phlebectomy? (8 answers)
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 ambulatory phlebectomy. Is an ambulatory phlebectomy necessary or would compression stockings work just as well?

Can the same results be achieved if a microphlebectomy is done before endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
My doctor didn't notice the saphenous vein was abnormal until right before the microphlebectomy was to be done. He suggested that we could do the endovenous laser ablation later on. Will the same results be achieved if the microphlebectomy was done first?

When should one have microphlebectomy versus endovenous ablation procedures? (8 answers)
I want to have my varicose veins on my legs addressed. Are there certain circumstances where microphlebectomy is better than endovenous ablation? Or vice versa?

Will I need to take antibiotics after my Microphlebectomy procedure? (8 answers)
Is the risk of infection very high?

How long before Microphlebectomy should I stop taking aspirin? (8 answers)
I’ve heard that taking aspirin could complicate the procedure. I take aspirin daily, but I want to make sure it doesn’t affect my vein procedure. What is a safe period of time to allow for the drug to be out of my body?

What kind of anesthesia is used during Microphlebectomy? (8 answers)
Will I be put under? What is typically used for pain?

Can sitting in a hot tub 2 months after foam sclerotherapy affect the results of my procedure? (8 answers)
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 procedure worsen symptoms or cause to reverse?

Does microphlebectomy require a longer recovery time than endovenous ablation techniques? (8 answers)
Do the incisions take longer to heal?

The treatment site is still lumpy after ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, is this normal? (8 answers)


If the preferred method of ELVT is treating one leg at a time, how long will I have to wait before doing the second leg? (8 answers)
I run 12 miles twice a week. It has been suggested that both of my legs need endovenous laser treatment. How soon after treating one leg can I have the other leg treated? Is it possible to begin running [carefully] 5-7 days after treating each leg?

I just had an endovenous laser treatment and now my doctor refuses to do sclerotherapy, should I consult with another specialist? (7 answers)
I had an endovenous laser treatment on my left small saphenous vein (SSV), which was 6.1. My left great saphenous vein (GSV) is 2.3. I found the procedure to be extremely painful, so I decided not to have EVLT done on the great saphenous vein. I spoke with my doctor about performing sclerotherapy instead, but he refuses to do it on veins that you can see unless I do the GSV. Should I see another doctor about this?

I am getting mixed information from two reputed physicians, who should I trust more? (7 answers)
I am a 25-year-old male who has been diagnosed with varicose veins in my both legs. I went to two reputed radiologists in my town and as per their reports, all my junctions are competent except one incompetent branch of great saphenous vein. My vascular surgeon, on the other hand, says my saphenofemoral junction is incompetent. Who should I believe?

Is it OK to undergo EVLT while being treated for Lyme disease? (7 answers)
My right leg has reflux, and I needed the surgery 5 years ago but chickened out. Now I'm being treated for Lyme disease and the vein situation has worsened. Is it okay to have an endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) while being treated for Lyme disease? I am concerned that the medications (antibiotics) might affect the procedure or cause additional side effects.

Can I use a heating pad to ease the pain after my EVLT procedure? (7 answers)


How does Microphlebectomy work? (7 answers)
How can the large veins be pulled out of such small little incisions?

What is the recovery and post-operative care like after microphlebectomy? (7 answers)
What is the length of recovery?

Does no compression hose after small microphlebectomy sound right? (7 answers)
I have 2 small reticular veins that are varicose. My doctor is going to do a Microphlebectomy. He said due to the size it won't even be necessary to wear compression hose after. He also stated there is no chance of DVT. Does this sound accurate?

Is numbness after microphlebectomy normal? (7 answers)
Ten days after microphlebectomy I still have numbness and tingling on the top and medial aspect of my right foot and ankle. What is this from and will it resolve?

What kind of Varicose veins are best treated with Microphlebectomy? (7 answers)
I have some smaller, superficial varicose veins (they aren't as small as spider veins), and also two larger, more ropy varicose veins, all on the same leg. Can microphlebectomy treat both types of veins, or should I look into ablation procedures?

Is sclerotherapy the right treatment for buldging veins on the feet, or is there a better procedure? (7 answers)
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?

I am a shelf stacker. How long will I need to be off work after having a foam scerotherapy session? (7 answers)


Can foam sclerotherapy agents be transmitted through my milk to my baby? (7 answers)
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 foam sclerotherapy agent will transmit through the milk. Is this true?

is foaming tx safe and effective? (7 answers)
Is foam sclerotherapy as or more effecfiive as traditional sclerotherapy? Are there more risks?

How long after foam sclerotherapy injections will it take the vein hardening to resolve? (7 answers)


How long should I wait to have my spider veins removed following foam sclerotherapy? (7 answers)
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) corrected itself. How long do I wait to have laser done?

Why am I experience pain in my pelvic/vaginal area after a VNUS closure and phlebectomy? (7 answers)
I had a VNUS closure with phlebectomy on my right leg (near the knee and calf region). This was 10 days ago and I am still experiencing low pelvic pain and vaginal discomfort more each day. Why is this happening?

Should I be elevating and icing my leg after a phlebectomy? (7 answers)
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 getting better. I walked around for short periods, with no relief. Is something wrong?

Is it normal for a surgeon to charge a high fee before you've been scheduled or pre-approved for surgery? (7 answers)
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? The fee they are seeking to charge falls outside of my insurance cost.

Is it normal to have swelling in leg and ankle one year after a phlebectomy? (7 answers)


Is Foam Sclerotherapy the best procedure for the removal of spider veins? (7 answers)
Is Foam Sclerotherapy the best procedure for the removal of spider veins? Or are others more recommended?

Does foam sclerotherapy have to be performed with ultrasound? (7 answers)
Or can it be done without?

When is swelling above the knee a concern? (7 answers)
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 stockings, but the swelling is still there. I'm worried. Should I have further testing?

Why is a duplex ultrasound necessary before vein treatment? (7 answers)
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 is a duplex ultrasound essential before any treatment? Thank you.

Are Venous Reflux Exams also used for wound care? (7 answers)
I have a slow-healing wound on my foot and my wound care center specialist recommended some vascular testing. Are the same venous reflux exams used to evaluate legs with varicose veins also used in people with non healing wounds?

Does grade 1 Venous Reflux need to be treated with EVLT? (7 answers)
I was recently diagnosed with Venous insufficiency of 0.7s. My understanding is that this is grade 1 venous reflux. Does this need to be treated with EVLT? Will it get worse if left untreated?

Can treated veins reappear after going away? (7 answers)
I had a treated vein reappear six weeks after the VNUS closure procedure. It was not visible the night before. I admit that I have been doing a lot of exercising and flexing of my legs. Could this be the reason why the vein is present again? Is it possible for a treated vein to reappear after going away?

Should I repeat VNUS closure if a new branch of the great saphenous vein opened? (7 answers)
I had the VNUS procedure, which closed the main veins on both legs successfully. But subsequent evaluation revealed that new branches have opened and they are delivering blood to the same varicose veins below the knee. Should I repeat this procedure? Or, is there a better treatment (sclerotherapy, laser ablation, etc)?

Why is my husband still having excruciating pain 1 month after two VNUS closure procedures? (7 answers)
My husband had two VNUS closure procedures (one week apart) on the great saphenous vein in each thigh. He has been in agony ever since and as a result, he has required substantial doses of narcotics. Ultrasound shows that the veins are closed and that there are no clots. When he stands up, he has pain and knee buckling. Surgeon seems at a loss. What is going on?

Can i get results with Vnus closure if my greater saphenous vein is only 6 inches before it splits off to other branches? (7 answers)
After the doctor performed the ultrasound to find my greater saphenous vein, he said I wouldn't notice much difference because he could only close about a 6 inch section. What are my options now? I have mild ankle swelling & one varicose vein.

How long does it take for reduction of visible calf veins after VNUS? (7 answers)
I had VNUS radio-frequency ablation (from knee to my groin) 2 weeks ago with a review scheduled in 4 weeks. The unsightly vein in my calf is now reduced, but is still about 30 percent the size it was previously. Will it reduce completely and finally disappear? How long would this take?

Should I be concerned about bruising on hip and buttocks? (7 answers)
I had one vein in my left thigh treated three days ago, and I'm due for a second in two days. I just noticed a few small, very dark bruises on my left hip and buttock. Any relationship to closure? Should I be concerned about clots? I have no pain or other symptoms.

Should I have a second VNUS closure if I am still experiencing major pain in the leg that was first treated? (7 answers)
I had the large saphenous vein in my left leg closed with VNUS 3 weeks ago. I'm supposed to do the small saphenous vein soon and have a few veins injected. There's still major pain in my calf and upper thigh. Should I have the 2nd procedure done despite this?

Can compression stockings cause pain? (7 answers)
I was just diagnosed with an SVT in L medial lower leg halfway down. My symptoms began about 1" below medial knee joint. I just started wearing my compression stockings (20-30 mmHg). There was some relief for 9 hours, but I have much pain just below the medial knee again. Suggestions?

I was given TED hose after hip replacement surgery, how often can I take them off? (7 answers)
I had a total hip replacement roughly a month ago and was given TED hose to wear. I'm a pretty active person. How long can I take the hose off? Do I need to wear them around the house if I am up and about?

A year ago I had stents insterted into both legs. I will be flying long haul soon, should I wear compression socks? (7 answers)


I have veins showing after surgery (7 answers)
I had long and short libation, strip and avulsions in both legs one week ago. The left leg has been done for the second time, I can see veins still, will they disappear wearing the support stockings?

compression stockings for POTS (7 answers)
I am diagnosed with POTS (dysautonomia). What would be the proper compression? I am 106lb and think that 15-20 compression (recommended) is too low, since stockings do not stretch as they would on a heavier person. Is it safe to switch to 20-30?

What to do when compression stockings increase symptoms? (7 answers)
I had cramp for about a week in right let then swelling around ankle. Went to vein specialist, did ultrasound. No clots but could have been after the fact. Prescribed compression stockings because there is so much pain. Unfortunately no health insurance.

Ankle swelling (7 answers)
Im wearing comprehension stockings for bilateral ankle swelling that began 3 months ago and only have a varicose vein in the left leg. My vascular surgeon doesn't think the surgery will reduce the swelling in the affected leg. What to do?

Does a low pressure compression stockings helps to prevent leg cramps during sleep? (7 answers)
Does a low pressure compression stockings helps to prevent leg cramp during sleep?

I had knee surgery and the doctors put a stocking on my good leg. (7 answers)
I had knee surgey yesterday and they put a stocking on my good leg should i keep wearing it on the good leg?

Can i wear my TED stockings if my feet, ankles & calves are already swollen? (7 answers)
I have recently had surgery and was wearing TEDs while I was not mobil, I have had them off for about 4 days and done a lot of walking yesterday and now I have swelling in my feet, ankles & calves. Is it okay to put my TED stockings back on?

Should I be wearing compression stockings? (7 answers)
I am 21 years old and just bought some compression stockings but im not sure if thats what I need. My legs are always very tired, feel heavy, and also feel swollen around my ankles. I've also noticed a couple of spider veins on my legs.

How long does it take Compression Stockings to work? (7 answers)
How long after starting to wear these, will I see results?My calve has improved, but the ankle is still huge and the foot quite puffy.

How much pressure should a Compression Stocking have? (7 answers)
How does one calculate the compression in stocking?

What level of compression stocking I should get? (7 answers)
I have been running lately and while I run, my left foot gets tingly and wants to fall asleep and then throughout the day from my knee down to my toes it tingles off and on. I believe compression stockings will help.

Are risks of complications during pregnancy higher after having endovenous laser ablation? (7 answers)
I had this surgery a year ago, then again 4 days ago because the first one was not successful. I would like to get pregnant in the next could of months, but an worried about clots. Should I be, or are there other risks?

My compression stockings are too tight, how can I stretch the area? (7 answers)
I have worn new compression stockings that are too tight just below my knee. Is there a method to stretch this area?

Does endovenous laser ablation damage the saphenous vein? (7 answers)
I’ve heard that endovenous laser treatments actually remove or destroy the saphenous vein in the leg. Is this true, and will I still get enough blood circulation to the legs if this large vessel is removed?

Can wearing compression stockings do more harm than good or cause more damage? (7 answers)
I feel when I wear compression stockings my legs get worse.

Had a pulmonary embolism, should I wear compression stockings? (7 answers)
I had a pulmonary embolism, but am not sure if it started from deep vein thrombosis. The doctor compression socks are not mandatory since I am on Xarelto. However, I figured they can only help, even if only a little. What are your thoughts? Are compression stockings safe for me to try? I just want any additional benefit I can get.

Can you have isolated popliteal reflux of 2 seconds and have healthy veins? (7 answers)
I had an ultrasound that showed r>l spiders around ankle, 2 sec reflux rt deep popliteal, everything else OK. He said my veins are great. But, I read >.5 is a problem. Can you have isolated 2 sec reflux and not be pathologic? Should I wear compression hose?

My compression stockings leave a line around my ankle, cut off circulation in my ankle/foot, and cause fluid to build in my foot. What should I do? (7 answers)


After wearing compression hose my head hurts, I feel nauseous, and my teet hurt. Why? (7 answers)
I have leaking valves in the vein of my right thigh. I've been told to wear compression hose level 20-30 mmHg. For two days now, after 2.5 hours, I get a nasty headache in my left temple, my jaw hurts and I feel nauseous. Why is this happening? Is this dangerous?

I wore compression stockings to bed and now my right foot aches, is this normal? What should I do? (7 answers)


If my compression stockings are causing my legs and ankles to swell even during elevation, what should I do? (7 answers)
I had a deep vein thrombosis. My legs and ankles have become swollen while wearing compression stockings, making getting shoes on and walking extremely uncomfortable. Elevating my legs with the stockings on doesn't help either. It is only when I take them off and elevate my legs do I feel relief. What should I do?

My husband is having pain in his heel after wearing compression socks, is this normal? (7 answers)
My husband started wearing compression socks. They were measured and seemed to be the correct fit for his legs, but then he started having pain in his heel from the socks. Is this normal? He needs to keep wearing the socks.

Which of the three running compression socks are best. (7 answers)
I am considering three different types of running compression socks. One is around 20mmHg, but I don't know if they are graduated because that's the only number I got. The other pair is between 14-28mmHg and is reversely graduated. The last is graduated and between 24-38mmHg. Of the three, which would you recommend?

I have clots in my left leg, can the right leg become affected too? (7 answers)
I have Factor V Leiden and now have two permanent clots in my left leg. I was also recently diagnosed with post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). My question is about venous insufficiency, as my legs are tired and weak. Even though the clots are just in the left leg, can the right become affected too?

Is leg pain normal when wearing TED stockings? (7 answers)
I have soreness in my legs (inner calf area) when wearing TED stockings, is this normal?

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? (7 answers)


Is it possible to have too many veins treated by way of EVLA? (7 answers)
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 lasers, injections will be done. Is this too much?

How many endovenous laser ablation procedures do I really need to have? (7 answers)
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 whole procedure. It was horrible. Do I need to get a 2nd opinion?

I recently had clots in my femoral and superficial veins, should I be worried? (7 answers)
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?

Is this procedure appropriate for large varicose veins? (7 answers)
My legs look as if they have snakes under the skin from the groin area through the calves. I have had these for many years and would like to have them taken care of before I reach age 65. I fear invasive therapy. Is laser light therapy appropriate?

Can I have Laser Light Therapy while pregnant? (7 answers)
I have 6 week of pregnancy, and i have varicose veins , they are causing me a lot of pain ,and i have a spot that it always feels hot .Can i have laser therapy now during pregnancy?

Can laser light therapy repair a deep tissue bruise? (7 answers)
I have a deep tissue bruise on my leg just above my ankle that has been there for years. I have done red light therapy at the tanning salon and it has lightened up the bruise, but I want it gone. Do you do anything like that?

Can laser light therapy help varicose veins long term? (7 answers)
if I have problems that originate in my deep veins, will I always have problems with varicose veins? and in the future (I'm only 27 and have had veins rupture-very painful to walk) am i at risk for DVT's with surgeries like total joint replacements

What can I do if I need treatment for veins on the hand? (7 answers)
I have a lot of veins in my hands and I don't want them. What treatment options do I have?

Is it common to only receive microphlebectomy and no ablation? (7 answers)
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 varicosities on my right leg are from reflux of the greater saphenous vein. What else could be the cause on my right leg? Is it common to only receive microphlebectomy and no ablation?

Is it normal for my foot and leg to cramp after endovenous laser treatment? (7 answers)
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 normal?

How long will my feet and ankles be swollen after endovenous laser ablation? (7 answers)


Dimpling after EVLT (7 answers)
I noticed a large dimple on my leg after deep EVLT. Is this common and will it go away? The Dr. had a difficult time with the vein because it was so deep, and he struggled getting me numb. I bruised severely.

Can serrapeptase help resolve scar tissue after EVLT? (7 answers)
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 massage. I've read about serrapeptase. Is that safe to use?

Sciatic issues? (7 answers)
Someone posted about buttock/leg/foot numbness after EVLT. In someone with venous hypertension is it possible that removing superf. veins can increase vein pressure in the deep veins, causing pressure against the sciatic nerve and numbness?

Endovenous Ablation and subsequent pregnancies. (7 answers)
I developed varicose veins during my 2nd pregnancy and have consulted with a physician regarding endovenous laser ablation. We would like to try for another baby after the procedure. How long should I wait to get pregnant after the procedure?

Is it possible the procedure would fail because the vein is thin or curved? (7 answers)
Could it be possible to not get through the vein because of it being thin or curved?

Proceedure affected my large saphenus vein (7 answers)
I have the laser proceedure done on my small saphenus vein. The Ultrasound results shows there is reflux in my large saphenus vein which was not there prior to the proceedure. Should i have my large saphenus vein treated also. Is there a risk?

What's the maxium size vien allowed for this procedure? Using the laser at 12 watts. (7 answers)
Should we increase the watts to compensate for a big vien?

Will the general anesthesia used in laser vein surgery hurt my fetus? (7 answers)
I had a laser treatment done on a deep vein when I was 4 weeks pregnant and did not know I was. I am now 23 weeks and am nervous that the general anesthesia at such a early time in gestation will cause long term effects.

How many times can you do EVLT on same leg? (7 answers)
I had 3 laser surgeries done on left leg in 2006.It helped tremendously.I had much pain swelling etc. off and on for years until I did this.Well now I have some new vein problem in same leg.Right now I have superficial phlebitis in the left leg

What are the resrictions after Endovenous Laser Ablation? (7 answers)
Can you please detail some of the restrictions after EVLT?

Is numbness in both feet caused by ELT and how long will this last? (7 answers)
I had ELT done on my left leg. At first it was quite painful for about 2 weeks post procedure a month later had the Right leg done 2 days after pocedure I developed numbness in buttocks that radiates down both legs into my feet, it is very annoying feeling.

Will significant weight loss alleviate varicose veins naturally? (7 answers)
I’m scheduled for weight-loss surgery, and I have large varicose veins on both legs. Will losing the weight change the pressure in my legs enough to make the varicose veins go away, or will I need surgery or other treatments?

Will a run/hole in my compression stockings compromise my sclerotherapy results? (7 answers)
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 compression of the hose and affect my results?

I suddenly have reticular and varicose veins, could it be due to chronic constipation and straining? (7 answers)
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 constipation be causing them? Would ELA be the appropriate treatment?

Can sclerotherapy for spider veins cause generalized joint pain? (7 answers)
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 if treatment triggered something? No clot sx.

How do I prevent recanalization of large veins following sclerotherapy? (7 answers)
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 the veins to recanalize? Should I be worried? How do I ensure the veins remain closed?

Why does it take so long for Neurotin to take effect? Also, are full panty compression stockings more effective and why? (7 answers)
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 stockings. Are the full panty compression stockings more effective and if so, why?

I have cold spots and random aches 13 days after sclerotherapy, is this normal? (7 answers)
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/chills that happen from time to time. Is this normal?

How long is the healing time after sclerotherapy? (7 answers)
How soon after sclerotherapy can I have Myofuscial Rolfing and Lympahtic massages?

Is it normal for my leg to look splotchy and purple? The injection bruises have faded but this large splotch is still there. (7 answers)
10 days ago my doctor injected glycerin in my thigh veins. At first it was swollen and now it's a solid pinkish-purple area about 6in wide with the spiders on top - darker and more numerous than before. Is this the healing process or permanent?

Can I have an ugly, but 'normal' vein removed from my bicep for cosmetic reasons? (7 answers)
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 to remove this 'normal' vein for cosmetic reasons?

Should I get varicose vein surgery (EVLA)? (7 answers)
What happens if I don't close the vein on the back of the leg (front vein is shut)? My doctor says it's also refluxing, but I have only mild symptoms and no visible veins there.There is not much in the front either, but I do have a small varicose in groin area.

Can varicose vein removal cause the treated leg to become fatter and discolored? (7 answers)
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 PAD different from venous reflux? (7 answers)
If a patient has PAD, is that different from venous reflux?

Spider vein (7 answers)
Hi, I have big problem with spider veins on my whole body, especially my breasts and beside my legs. My question is the treatment used for legs can be applied to breats and other parts of the body safely?

Any treatment for a superficial blood clot when 32 weeks pregnant? (7 answers)
I am 32 weeks pregnant with bad varicose veins on both legs. I wear compression hose and take baby aspirin daily. I was diagnosed with a 4.1 cm superficial thrombosis on posterior thigh of left leg. No DVT. Is there anything that can be done for this? How dangerous?

What is the recovery procedure after the vein is removed ? (7 answers)
What is the recovery procedure after the vein is removed? For example, do I have to sit and rest it and how long will i need off work?

Varicose veins in the same leg (7 answers)
How many times can you safely have your veins done in the same leg?

Can Varicose Veins reappear/reoccur? (7 answers)
Will Varicose Veins reappear? Do i have them for life even after treatment?

When to consult a specialist? (7 answers)
I have been having pain associated with clotting on my right shin. Is the best course of action to just get one of those tight fitting socks?

What should I try next if sclerotherapy and touch laser didn't work? (7 answers)
If sclerotherapy and cool touch laser didn't work what should I try next?

Can someone on blood thinners have vein surgery? (7 answers)
Can someone on blood thinners have vein surgery?

What is the difference between PAD & Varicose Veins? (7 answers)
Is there a difference between PAD & varicose veins, and are there tests to confirm? Also can you have Venous closure surgery done if you have PAD?

How can Varicose Veins develop? (7 answers)
What causes varicose veins?

Do tight fitting clothes contribute to varicose or spider veins? (7 answers)
I wear a lot of tight compression shorts and bike shorts when I exercise (running, biking, etc.). Could these choices lead to varicose veins later in life?

Is sclerotherapy effective on both spider and varicose veins? (7 answers)
I have both spider veins and varicose veins, and I was hoping to find a treatment that works on both. Is sclerotherapy effective for varicose veins?

What is foam sclerotherapy? (7 answers)
What exactly is foam sclerotherapy, and is it more effective than traditional sclerotherapy?

What would be the effects of not wearing of compression stockings after vein surgery? (7 answers)
What would be the adverse effects for not wearing compressive stockings after RF ablation of GSV and foam sclerotherapy?

Am I a good candidate for radiofrequency occlusion? (7 answers)
I am 25-year-old female, and 3 years ago I started having spider veins on my thighs and blue slightly bulging veins behind my knee on both legs. I have no symptoms, but had ultrasound done, and found that I have 0.3 to 0.5 sec reflux in GSV in right leg. Do I need to get immediate treatment, or what do I have to do next?

What solutions are more likely to cause telangiectatic matting and hyperpigmentation? (7 answers)
I cannot tolerate STS due to severe telangiectatic matting that never goes away without treatment. Are there other solutions less likely to cause these problems?

How soon after sclerotherapy for spider veins can you safely treat those same areas with a laser? (7 answers)
I've had four sclerotherapy treatments for clusters of spider veins that have not improved. I was wondering if laser therapy would be more beneficial, but I did not want to go too soon after my last sclerotherapy session.

Do I have to wear compression stockings for a week after having poly sclerotherapy? (7 answers)
I have noticed more veins surfacing after wearing these uncomfortable compression stockings for 4 days. I had the poly sclerotherapy done not the foam sclerotherapy.

I now have brown lines on me from the needle insertion. Why did this happen? (7 answers)
After having scerotherapy, I now have brown lines on me from the needle insertion. Why did this happen?

The brown lines are the length of a needle

I quit with the procedure, I don't know what is causing this?

I developed phlebitis after foam sclerotherapy in my great saphenous vein in my calf. (7 answers)
I developed phlebitis after foam sclerotherapy in my great saphenous vein in my calf. Why does my leg still ache several months after?

Foam was accidentally injected into my great saphenous vein (calf)causing phlebitis. The vein is shutting down but my leg aches all the time and I have lots of new veins in my foot and ankle that ache. Can my foot and ankle be treated?

Doesn't seem ike the Sclerotherapy process is working lately (7 answers)
I've been to two vein removal places in Dallas for sclerotherapy. Lately, the process is not working.

The area has become darker and used to really only show up during my period. Now it's there all the time. I want to know if laser might work instead. It's becoming embarrassing to show my legs and I wear shorts a lot during the year.

Is intense cold laser therapy effective on varicose veins? (7 answers)


When should radiofrequency occlusion be performed over ELA? (6 answers)
Radiofrequency occlusion and endovenous laser ablation sound almost the same. What are the differences and when should one be used over the other?

Vein Insufficiency and have received 3 different opinions. Is sclerotherapy a reasonable solution? (6 answers)
I was diagnosed with severe vein insufficiency but received 3 different opinions on how to treat it. My legs do not have visible varicose veins but I have a "mild" case of spider veins. Is sclerotherapy a reasonable solution for treatment of pain and appearance?

Wound care for skin ulcer caused after the sclerotherapy (6 answers)
An ulcer formed after sclerotheraphy and got infected. I took antibiotics and it still wasn't healing right. The Dr. had to get in there and got rid of the bad tissue, but it's still bleeding a day later. It's bleeding through the unna boot and wrap. Is this normal?

How long after the Sclerotherapy treatment will I see the results? (6 answers)
Would I see the results right away after Sclerotherapy treatment? If not, when wil the bruises go away? Is it normal to still see all my treated veins after 10 days?

Ulcer treatment options and healing duration to minimize scarring? (6 answers)
I had Sclerotherapy 3 weeks ago, and have an ulcer on the shin. It's closed but has an inflamed red border, uneven edge, dark black deep scab in center, a few mm depth (scab gets moist in shower, rub of danger). I'm treating it with: mepilex silicone bandaid and compression hose. Any other options? How long to heal? Will there be any scarring?

I had 3 scleratherapy treatments over about a 5 weeks time frame. I developed severe leg pain near the inner ankle after the third treatment. (6 answers)
I went back to the doctor and he did an ultrasound. He said the saphenous vein was completely blocked in the lower area. He said some of the small veins that were treated were connected, so that is why. I continue to have intermittent pain in the leg?

If am on a birth control pill (Ortho Tri-Cyclen). can I still undergo sclerotherapy? (6 answers)
I have heard that it is not safe to be on birth control pill and get sclerotherapy done, but I need to get this done, and I can't stop taking the pill!

Is it right to use general anesthesia for RF Endovenous ablation instead of local anesthesia? (6 answers)
If the patient can tolerate the pain during the RF endovenous ablation of varicose veins, is it possible that they can use conscious sedation for the procedure? Is it also possible that the procedure can last for two hours?

I have severe pain in my legs. Is Radiofrequency Occlusion right for me? (6 answers)
Several years ago I had laser treatment on my left leg. Three years ago I had RFO on the same leg. I still get searing pain in left inside thigh at least once a week from just above knee to just below groin. I know it's the damaged vein. What do you think?

Is Sclerotherapy safe while taking Accutane? (6 answers)
Does the drug affect this procedure?

Is surgery the best treatment at this point? (6 answers)
I am a 52 year old female and had varicose vein surgery in the early 80's. I tried knee high comp stockings, and I'm on my feet a lot, working 12 hour shifts. My right leg is swelling still. It was recommended that I have surgery again, is this the best option?

Have heart problems with clots. Dangerous to have varicose vein operated on? (6 answers)
Is there any danger if I've recently had a clot in a heart artery and I want to get rid of varicose veins in my legs?

Lumps in leg after VNUS and phlebectomy (6 answers)
Had a phlebectomy and VNUS done 4 weeks ago. I have lumps all along where the vein used to be (ranging from pea size to walnut size). They were painful & had them drained twice now. I still have lumps. What can be done? Will these resolve?

Is varicose vein surgery and possibility after someone has had a DVT? (6 answers)
Can someone who has had a DVT ever have varicose vein surgery?

Can someone on blood thinners have the greater shpenuos vein removed from left leg? (6 answers)
I take wafrain and I need my greater shepnous vein in my left leg tied off at my groin and behind my knee and some varicose veins removed. Is it safe since I take blood thinners?

Treatment options for Vein Removal (6 answers)
Which is a better option for vein removal (vein stripping or laser treatment/ELA) in the presences of a varicose ulcer around the size about 5cm? The patient is known to have hypertension which is under control.

Prominent veins are showing up on pelvic scan. Is this something to worry about? (6 answers)
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 and has bouts of severe pain and loose stools.

Are there any dangers of being pregnant after been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome? (6 answers)
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 wondering if there were any dangers to being pregnant when I have this condition?

Is it safe to have VNUS surgery if I have PAD and claudication of both legs? (6 answers)
Is this safe?

How long do I need to be off work after a venous ablation? (6 answers)
Does the procedure have down time?

What would cause large ulcers on one leg after the VNUS treatment? (6 answers)
What would cause large ulcers on one leg after the VNUS treatment? One leg developed seven ulcers the size of quarters but the second leg had no ulcers, except for small blisters.

When stents are used for leg surgery, do they come in only one length or does the doctor add several stents? (6 answers)


Should I have my varicose veins looked at again? Which procedures might be recommended? (6 answers)
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? (6 answers)


Post scleratherapy edema (6 answers)
I had 3 sclera sessions over 5 weeks. After the 3rd one, the saph vein in the lower leg was accidentially blocked. Now I am getting a large indentation, just above the ankle where the sock is. Why the swelling? Should saph vein be treated?

Is it ok to have an MRI with contrast injection (for a torn hamstring) 2 weeks after receiving foam Asclera injections for spider veins in same leg? (6 answers)
I am scheduled for an MRI with contrast (by injection) for a hamstring tear and lesion, this will be done 10 days after I have Asclera Sclerotherapy injections in the same leg (thigh and calf). Is there any conflict with these 2 treatments & agents?

can sclerotherapy cause an eye infection? (6 answers)
I hand sclerotherapy on the backs of my hands. A few weeks after I got a really bad eye infection in both of my eyes that I have had for about 3 months and still have. Could it be related? Can the solution travel to my eyes? Thanks!

When should I get Sclerotherapy if I also want to do laser hair removal? (6 answers)
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 or after the IPL laser hair removal? Thank you!

What exactly is vein mapping? How do I know where the problematic vein originated from? (6 answers)
I have a green/blue reticular vein inside my thigh. It loops sideways. I can see it clearly, and it feels smooth under the skin surface. I've been rated a 2 and am asymptomatic. Is there a way to find out where the reticular vein originated from? Also, what exactly is vein mapping? Will sclerotherapy work temporarily?

Can you have sex after sclerotherapy? (6 answers)


I have a spermatocele, which treatment is better and low-risk, spermatocelectomy or sclerotherapy? (6 answers)
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 children in the future, so I want to choose a procedure that will not cause me to become infertile.

My skin is bruising following sclerotherapy, will the bruising go away? (6 answers)
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? My leg looks worse than it did before the treatment.

Is it safe to perform sclerotherapy on the arm veins? (6 answers)
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 be used for this. Is it safe to perform sclerotherapy on the arm veins? Why would a doctor refuse to perform the procedure when only one arm is needed for IV?

Can I do sitting meditation (i.e. sukhasana or burmese) after sclerotherapy? (6 answers)
Will sitting meditation put too much pressure on my veins after treatment, and possibly cause my varicose veins to reoccur after they heal?

I had my first scleropathy session 7 weeks ago, why do I have intermittent leg aches? (6 answers)
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. Legs were fine before treatment. Is this normal? Will this pain away? Approximately when?

Ankle redness and pain after EVLT (6 answers)
I had an ablation done on my right gr. saph. vein 1 month ago. Symptoms before were swelling with the gr.saph. vein and others. After having the ablation, I still have some swelling, pain, and also redness around the ankle upon standing I've never had before.

Ankle swelling and numbness (6 answers)
I had endovenous laser of my lower right leg on 4/28 and still have significant pain and swelling in my ankle. I also have the numbness, but I understand that the nerve is involved and hopefully it will heal.

Can you explain the cause of two phenomena that occur during the endovenous laser procedure? (6 answers)
What causes the "garlic taste" in your mouth during the endovenous laser ablation? What causes the "water dripping sensation" when the doctor is doing the tumescence?

Sharp stabbing pains in my leg! (6 answers)
I have sharp stabbing pains in my leg. It's very painful and the Motrin did not help. I was in tears! This went on for a couple of days. The pain is on my right leg and my left leg isn't painful at all. What could this be?

Could I have endovenous laser ablation? (6 answers)
I recently had massive blood clots in the left leg, becasue of inactivity in the other leg, it was in cast. My body has now absorbed the blood clots and i am still on comadine/warfin until December 2011 this year.

Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (6 answers)
Does EVLT for superficial phlebitis also help with post-thrombotic syndrome in a deep vein? Is ultrasound of deep and superficial systems routinely performed before deciding on EVLT? Thanks.

Sclerotherapy post ELA (6 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation of saphenous vein, and now I'm told I need 3 sclerotherapy sessions. is this so? only one is covered by my insurance. I was told that only having 1 could be harmfull, is this true?

Does having EVLT for leg veins make dorsal superficial foot veins disappear as well? (6 answers)
Just wondering about this, since the greater and lesser saphenous veins seem to receive the superficial foot veins on top of the foot, and I have enlarged ones.Thank you!

Serious problems associated with EVLA (6 answers)
I recently have EVLA done 3 times and have had serious side effects and want to know is this normal? I had a hematoma on one leg and excessive swelling on the other leg and extreme pain in both and really need your advice?

How long before you see the results with ELA? (6 answers)
Had the procedure Friday. Removed the stocking Monday evening. I still see bumps in my leg. Will that get better?

Does laser light therapy remove tattoo pigment? (6 answers)
Can laser light therapy be used for tattoo removal?

Is it normal to have tingling and tightness 2 months after the endovenous laser ablation procedure? (6 answers)
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.

4 weeks after endovenous laser ablation, I feel shooting and stinging pain in my treated vein. Is this normal? What to do? (6 answers)


How many treatments of Cool Glide Laser Light Therapy are needed for spider veins? (6 answers)
I have undergone 5 Cool Glide laser light therapy treatments in my legs for spider veins but I've seen very little improvement. I notice at the back of my left knee the spider veins have gotten worse, and I can even see a large vein appearing. What should I do?

Is EVLT painful? Does it leave scars? (6 answers)
Is there any kind of pain during EVLT treatment? Does this kind of treatment leave, touch, or scars on my skin?

Does Laser Light Therapy treat all varicose veins? (6 answers)
I have spider veins and more visible thicker veins that are not bumpy but painful nonetheless...my doctor suggested laser therapy and said it would treat both.From what I have read, laser treats spider veins only...is this true?

How long until I can resume aerobic exercise and light weight lifting? (6 answers)
I had an hour of laser therapy for my spider veins yesterday. The technician who did my procedure was not sure how long I needed to wait until I resume aerobic exercise and light weight lifting. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Is it normal to have progressive pain and tightness two weeks after EVLA? (6 answers)
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 behind the knee. Is this normal?

I still have pain 7 weeks after endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy, why is this? (6 answers)
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 ruled out by blood test. The consultant I have been working with cannot explain why I am continuing to have so much pain. Do you know why this could be happening?

My legs are numb and tingly after having EVLT and sclerotherapy, will these feelings ever go away? (6 answers)
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 and tingling in my legs, mostly below the knee and through my feet. Will the feelings ever go away?

I will have a surgery to repair my torn meniscus, how long after the procedure can I have EVLT? (6 answers)
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 EVLT?

Three months after endovenous ablation, I'm still in pain. Is this normal? When will the pain subside? (6 answers)
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 say how long. Is it really normal to have pain this far out from the procedure? When will the pain subside? I really hate it!

My compression stockings make me feel off balance, why is that? (6 answers)
I've recently been diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and have been advised to wear compression stockings. I purchased a pair of 8-15mmHg hose and I feel off balance. My ankles also feel weird when I walk. Is this normal?

I have poor circulation in my feet, would compression stockings help? (6 answers)
I'm 16 years old and have poor circulation in my feet, so they're always cold and sometimes they tingle. Also, cuts I get on my feet take forever to heal. Would compression socks help?

After wearing thigh-high compression stockings, the skin that was in the hose is now lighter in color. Is this a problem? (6 answers)


Can support hose cause bruising and leg cramps? (6 answers)
I was prescribed compression stockings yesterday after being diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency with hypopigmentation. Today, I have new bruising on my legs and am having charlie horses. Can this be caused by the stockings? Thank you!

Is it dangerous if your compression stockings are too tight? (6 answers)
I'm a 27-year-old nursing assistant who is on her feet for 7-8 hours. I wear compression stockings due to fatigue and varicose veins I've had since adolescence. I also wear them to delay the progression. The stockings I have are 15-20 mmHg. Occasionally, I'll have mild calf pain. Does this mean they are too tight? If so, is it dangerous if they are tight?

Unbearable itching while wearing compression stockings, what do I do? (6 answers)
My legs are extremely itchy when I wear Medi compression stockings. In fact, it's almost painful. When I apply grease and creams, the discomfort only goes away temporarily (approx. 2-3 hours). I've even changed detergent (Medi approved or "for kids" labeled) and rinsing time, but to no avail. I don't understand what's going on. I've worn hose before with no problem. What should I do? Do you know what might be causing the irritation?

Is ELVeS the same as EVLT? (6 answers)
I'm confused. Is ELVeS the same thing as EVLT and Endovenous Laser Ablation? They all sound kind of the same in terms of how the procedure is performed.

What material are Compression Stockings made of? (6 answers)
I'm confused which compression stockings to get because when I try to buy online they ask what material.

Where do we buy stockings locally to Huntington Station? (6 answers)
Any recommendatinos on where do we buy stockings locally to Huntington Station?

Should a diabetic wear compression stockings 24 hours daily? (6 answers)
Should compression stockings be worn 24 hours per day continuously or not just worn at bedtime?

Bulging veins in my legs. Wearing compression socks, but legs tend to jerk (6 answers)
I am waiting on surgery for my leg veins and started wearing compression socks again after not wearing them for years. I have only been taking them off when I bathe. My legs have started feeling restless and jerky when I lay or sit. When I take the compression socks off they don't jerk. What can I do in the meantime until the surgery?

My legs feel colder now that I'm wearing my compression stockings; is this normal? (6 answers)
My legs feel colder now that I'm wearing my compression stockings; is this normal?

Can I wear compression stockings during my menstrual period? (6 answers)
Can I wear compression stockings during my menstrual period?

Can you use body lotion on your legs before you wear TED stockings? (6 answers)
Can you use body lotion on your legs before you wear TED stockings?

Wearing Ted Hose 24 hours? (6 answers)
My wife has no movement on her left side, therefore can not move her left leg and can not circulate the blood in that leg. Should she wear Ted Hose 24 hours a day?

My legs throb, twitch, and ache at night. (6 answers)
I am wearing thigh high compression stockings all day long and they are helping but as soon as I take them off at night to sleep my legs start throbbing, tingling, aching, jerking, etc. Should I continue to wear them at night or take them off?

I think the compression hose is causing more pain? (6 answers)
I had EVLT greater saphenous vein on right leg in mid May 2011 and two phlebectomys on the ankle. I have A LOT of spider veins on the anterior dorsum of the ankle and it still aches daily. Why does wearing 15-20mmHG hose make it hurt worse? Is this normal?

Are my toes in danger if they are numb, stiff, and swollen after wearing compression stockings? (6 answers)


How long should I wear compression socks after a surgery in the abdomen? (6 answers)


What would cause discoloration after a VNUS closure? (6 answers)
I had the VNUS procedure performed almost a week ago on one leg. Already I have a reddish-brown discoloration spreading on the front/inside of my calf. It's different from the bruising that is near my incision. What is this?

Is it normal for compression stockings to cause pain after the VNUS closure procedure? (6 answers)
My doctor told me to wear knee-high compression socks post-VNUS closure of my greater saphenous vein. My leg hurts much more when I wear them, especially in the thigh area. The socks are fitting properly and are being worn correctly. Is this normal?

Can vomiting reopen a closed vein? (6 answers)
A day after having radiofrequency ablation of the greater saphenous vein in my left leg, I became ill and vomited. I heard that vomiting can reopen the closed vein. It wasn't excessive, but is this something that I should be concerned about?

Can drinking alcohol affect the VNUS closure procedure? (6 answers)
If I drink alcohol on a nightly basis post-procedure, will it affect the outcome and success of the VNUS closure procedure?

Can abdominal exercises reopen a closed vein after ten days? (6 answers)
I had the VNUS closure procedure on the greater saphenous vein of my left leg. After a week, an ultrasound confirmed the vein was closed. My doctor said that I could resume all activities and exercises. Is this true? Are sit ups and leg lifts okay?

Is VNUS with removal of the saphenous vein and phlebectomy safe in someone with Raynauds? (6 answers)
I have Raynaud's phenomenon, which has been deemed unlikely to be associated with other conditions. I am going to have my saphenous vein removed followed by phlebectomy to treat venous insufficiency. Is this safe in relation to Raynaud's?

What types of excercise are best for venous reflux? (6 answers)
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, active. What exercise is best to delay progression?

Is normal the leg been swollow??? (6 answers)
I did the vein cloure 3 days ago, I don't feel pain, but my leg is very swollen, this is normal? Also, I'm scheduled to do the other leg in a month, can I skip this???

Next Step When VNUS Has Failed? (6 answers)
I had VNUS on the greater saphenous veins in both legs 3 months ago. Ultrasound shows that both veins closed. However, I've had no pain reduction. One leg looks identical to how it looked before the procedure & the other looks worse! What can I do?

Will not having the procudeure repeated result in potential problems? (6 answers)
After three years an ultrasound revealed that the vein is leaking and will need to be redone. What exactly does leaking mean and what problems could arise if I elect not to have the procudure repeated?

Why isn't varicose vein stripping a preferred treatment method? (6 answers)
My wife had veins stripped in one leg about 10 years ago. They were located above and below the knees. Some varicose veins have since returned and now she needs them removed from both legs. Most doctors we've seen want to do the VNUS closure. What is wrong with vein stripping?

Why hasn't my varicose vein disappeared after 3 weeks? (6 answers)
I had the Venefit treatment done 3 1/2 weeks ago. My swollen varicose vein has not gone down at all. If the swelling has not gone down does it mean the swelling won't go away? Will wearing my compression stockings help the swelling go down?

Is it normal to have swelling 5 weeks after the VNUS closure procedure? (6 answers)
I had the VNUS closure procedure done on both legs about 5 weeks ago and followed up with sclerotherapy approximately 3 weeks ago. Now I am having severe swelling in my left ankle, like it was before the procedure ever happened. My ankles were fine up til now. Is this normal?

DVT and issues afterwards. (6 answers)
I was on blood thinners before and have tried compression stockings too. They don't seem to work or alleviate the pain that comes after athletic activity. I had a DVT from my groin to my ankle. Are there any procedures that could alleviate this?

I experienced a burning sensation during the VNUS procedure, is this normal? If so, how can that sensation be reduced next time around? (6 answers)
I experienced a great deal of burning (fire-like sensation) along my vein during the VNUS procedure. Is this common and can it be reduced for procedure on the other leg?

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? (6 answers)
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 feel is due to these veins. My ultrasound was normal and no reflux was found. What's going on?

Can severe reflux in common femoral vein be caused by obstruction in the pelvic veins? (6 answers)
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 veins. Could this be due to a clot that was missed?

Are venous reflux ultrasounds more accurate if performed while standing up? Is venous color duplex ultrasound diff from venous reflux ultrasound? (6 answers)
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 performed when lying down or standing?

Does consuming caffeine cause less venous reflux to be found on an ultrasound? (6 answers)
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 had another ultrasound today (after having 4 cups of coffee), and there was no reflux! Can consuming caffeine change the results of a person's reflux exam?

Does ultrasound guided sclerofoam cost more? (6 answers)
Is there an added fee for the ultrasound technology when using ultrasound guided sclerofoam compared to regular foam sclerotherapy? Is the extra monitoring worth the extra trouble and possibly cost? Thanks

Is Foam scerotherapy used for the ablation of the Saphenous vein like EVLT or ligation? (6 answers)
Is Foam Sclerotherapy effective on the larger variscosities of the legs and should this type of procedure be guided by ultrasound? A vascular surgeon stated ultasound guided Foam Sclerotherapy is safer than EVLT because of possible nerve damage. Is

Pain in my foot following sclerotherapy (6 answers)
I had UGS 5 months ago. The doctor then injected unguided foam into a vein on the front of my calf that went into the veins in my foot, I developed 2 ulcers at the front ankle I have had worsening pain ever since. MRI shows fluid and irritation. What can/should I do?

Can Foam Sclerotherapy in a perforator vein leak into a deep vein? (6 answers)
I had the VENUS procedure done 4 weeks ago along with foam sclerotherapy into a perforator vein about 3" above my ankle. Ultrasound shows a thrombosis in this area. It is still hardened, tender, and has not improved. What should I expect my surgeon to do?

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. (6 answers)
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 specialist?

Is a small hard bump around phlebectomy scar normal? (6 answers)
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 about? I will have a follow up with my doctor next month.

Is it normal to be bloated and puffy on my whole body after ambulatory phlebectomy? (6 answers)
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?

Can you explain blood clots related to superficial vein thrombosis? (6 answers)
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 blood clot stay there? Is it a concern, and is there a risk of developing other problems from this treatment, such as cancer?

Can I get a full body massage after the Sclerotherapy and, if so, how soon? (6 answers)
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?

Alternative Foam Gases (6 answers)
What alternative gases with shorter half life can be used in foam sclerotherapy? I've had multiple liquid solutions but they just don't seem to have enough efficiency for the amount of veins I am trying to treat. Is Nitric Oxide a viable gas to use?

I pulled a muscle after sclerotherapy treatment, should I return to my doctor? What symptoms should I look out for? (6 answers)
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 the doctor and what symptoms I should watch out for.

Why wait for microphlebectomy after EVLT? (6 answers)
I clearly needed post-EVLT microphlebectomy or sclerotherapy. Why would I have to wait six months to be re-evaluated, when my legs clearly are not improved cosmetically? I feel that it should be done as soon as possible. What are your recommendations?

Can EVLT get rid of my muscle strains and night cramping? (6 answers)
I've been considering endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) for two years. I'm an active 50 year old female who runs. For more than six years I've had frequent muscle strains of the lower leg and calf while doing activity, and for approximately 10 years I've had night cramping. Can EVLT resolve this issue or are these symptoms not a causation of varicose/spider veins?

Why would pain shift from one leg to the other after EVLT/phlebectomy? (6 answers)
I had varicose veins in both legs, but only pain in the right. Three weeks ago I had EVLT and a phlebectomy on the right leg. However, two weeks after the procedure I had intense pain in the leg that was treated. The discomfort has since faded, but now I have intense, "NEW" pain on the LEFT. Any idea why?

When I stand after sitting or laying for a relatively short time the vein feels like it is being stretched, how long will this last? (6 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment about 3 weeks ago. When I stand after sitting for 15+ minutes it feels like the vein in my leg (below my knee) is being stretched. Also, my leg is numb around the site the laser traveled. Is this normal and how long will this last?

My doctor suggested radiofrequency ablation over EVLT because I have large veins, is this argument valid? (6 answers)
My vein doctor said radiofrequency ablation would be better than laser (EVLT) because I have such large veins. I read a lot about radiofrequency ablation and it seems a good option, but is the "big veins" argument valid?

I have an ulcer on my ankle. Should I use an ACE bandage? (6 answers)
I have an ulcer on my ankle. The doctor said not to wear compression hose because it could make it worse. Should I use an ACE bandage?

Is it normal to have dull pain in my heel after endovenous laser treatment? What should I do? (5 answers)
I had the greater and lesser saphenous veins treated in my right leg about 3 weeks ago. Since the procedure, I have had dull pain in my heel. At first I thought it was the way I was walking after the surgery, but the problem has persisted. Pain is the same standing or sitting. Is this normal? What should I do?

My doctor wants to treat the greater and lesser saphenous veins in both legs on the same day, is this appropriate? (5 answers)
My doctor wants to treat the greater and lesser saphenous veins in both my legs with EVLT and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy in the same session (that's a total of 4 veins). Am I likely to have more complications by having so much done all at once? I am an active 44 year old.

Can EVLT be performed if someone has deep vein reflux? (5 answers)
I have been diagnosed with reflux in the deep vein, and also in the greater saphenous vein. Can I do the EVLT procedure on my great saphenous vein while I have the reflux in the deep vein? One of the doctors I saw said I have to do multiple EVLT on my leg.

Can EVLT be done after vein stripping surgery? (5 answers)
I had vein stripping surgery 11 years ago, but my feet have gotten worse. Is it safe to have an endovenous laser treatment after vein stripping surgery? Will I still have enough veins to support my legs? I am 40 years old now.

Is pain while standing common after EVLT with phlebectomy? (5 answers)
Two weeks ago I had EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) with phlebectomy in my right leg. The only significant, stinging pain I have now comes when I stand still for a minute or so. Does this have to do with blood pooling? Is this common and will it resolve itself over time?

Is EVLT recommended for patients who have severe PAD? (5 answers)
And might be the risks of EVLT for someone with peripheral artery disease (PAD)?

If I have blue veins (reticular veins) on my upper body, does this mean I have a valve problem in my deep veins? (5 answers)
I all of a sudden had blue veins on my waist, chest, inner upper arms, hands, neck and face, as well as legs, without pregnancy. They seem to be reticular veins and the ones on my arm burn. Does this mean I have a valve problem in my deep veins?

Is it normal for veins to be more painful and appear worse after EVLT? (5 answers)
I had EVLT in January 2012 and I have seen a significant increase in the appearance of blue-green veins. They are much worse than prior to EVLT, but my doctor said this is unrelated. I also feel pain and a tugging sensation during exercise, which he says is normal and may last for 12 months. Is this true?

Is an anesthetic given with every EVLT treatment? (5 answers)
I've read on several sites that an anesthetic is applied or given before the insertion of the EVLT catheter. I have had three EVLT treatments and have not been given anesthetic, though I would have appreciated it. Should anesthetic always be given with EVLT?

How soon after foam sclerotherapy can I begin to play sports? (5 answers)
I've had a very big vein stripped from my leg, and I'm now having foam injections once a week in both my legs. I play a high level of netball. Is it OK to play sports after having the injections? The vein still feels swollen in some areas and is sore to touch.

Is foam sclerotherapy safe with TIA history? (5 answers)
I had TIA 10 years ago. One vein specialist told me never to have sclerotherapy done for that reason. Another specialist told me he saw no problem whatsoever. Please advise...

Can a patient with Wegener's vasculitis be treated with sclerotherapy? (5 answers)
If a patient has Wegener's vasculitis and is taking methotrexate to treat it, can he/she have sclerotherapy with sotradecol?

I had endovenous laser ablation and foam sclerotherapy. Why do I still have varicose veins? (5 answers)
If the great saphenous vein is occluded from the groin to the ankle in both legs, why do I still have varicosities? My legs feel heavy now and are often discolored red! I have calf and ankle veins and think its because I've lost the saphenous veins.

Pain 5 weeks after phlebectomy? (5 answers)
I had some phlebectomy's 5 weeks ago (2 at the ankle, 1 over the knee, 1 medial superior calf). I have burning pain & tenderness over some of the remaining posterior veins in the calf. DVT was ruled out. How long does phlebitis last? is this normal?

Can I expect a lot of bruising after Microphlebectomy? (5 answers)
How bruised will my legs be after the Microphlebectomy procedure?|

What are the side affects after the treatment? I have a fever, losso f appetite, and pain in my back. (5 answers)
I don't have any pain in my leg after the procedure, but I began having other symptoms such as fever, loss of appetite, pain in my back and fight shoulder area

What risks are associated with phlebectomies and radiofrequency ablation if I have diabetes? (5 answers)
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 my condition?

Why is there so much scarring from ambulatory phlebectomy? (5 answers)
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 wasn't in her case and I don't know why. Do you have any idea?

How long after laser ablation and microphlebectomy can I swim, shave and use self-tanner? (5 answers)
I had a laser ablation and microphlebectomy for a large varicosity from the inner thigh to the lower shin. When will I be able to shave my legs, go swimming and use lotion with a tanning agent?

What are the advantages of using CO2 Foam? (5 answers)
What are the advantages of CO2 when used as an injectable for vein procedures?? What are the risks?

Is Foam Sclerotherpy risky if you have diabetes? (5 answers)
Are there any dangers having this procedure if you are a diabetic with varicose veins?

Sclerotherapy to get rid of big veins on hands? (5 answers)
I hate the big veins on my hands. Is it safe to get rid of them with sclerotherapy?

What kind of machine is used in Ultrasound Guided Sclerofoam? (5 answers)
Is a smaller ultrasound used to be able to see tiny spider veins? What if the veins are on my cheeks, can I still have them use an ultrasound?

My wife's ultrasounds are inconsistent, what should we do? (5 answers)
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 RF could not find the perorator. What to do?

Can a leaking leg vein cause me to have irregular periods and affect my fertility? (5 answers)
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 have been unable to get pregnant. Could the 2 be related? I have yet to have a subsequent appointment with the doctor.

Can venous reflux exams predict future spider or varicose veins? (5 answers)
What exactly causes varicose and spider veins to develop, and can venous reflux exams tell me if I am going to have them now or later in life?

What are the types of venous reflux exams? (5 answers)
I've heard there are different types of venous reflux exams. What are they?

Leg disoloration (5 answers)
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 scars and at least lighten the discoloration.

Ankle swelling after VNUS closure in 2010 (5 answers)
I had VNUS closure in 2010 and my ankles still swell. I asked my doctor who did the procedure and he said he didn't know who. Do I need more sclerotherapy and another ultrasound to see if more work needs to be done? I still have some bulging veins.

How serious is venous reflux? Will the diseased veins be better after VNUS closure? (5 answers)
My husband is 34 years old and has horrible varicose veins. The doctor told him that he has reflux in a number of the superficial and deep veins. It was recommended that he get a VNUS closure. How serious is venous reflux? Will the deep veins get better after the procedure?

I am having stabbing, burning pain in my leg 2 wks after a VNUS closure procedure on a communicator vein. Is this normal? (5 answers)
Two weeks ago I had a VNUS closure procedure on a communicator vein. I still experience excruciating, stabbing pain every morning and evening. I am wearing a compression stocking. During the day the pain is manageable. Is this normal following the procedure?

How long after VNUS closure should I see results on leg surface? (5 answers)


Is edema and pain in the calf normal after VNUS closure? (5 answers)
I just had VNUS closure 3 days ago. Right after the procedure was done, I could see large amounts of swelling in my upper leg. It is now in my lower leg, which is swollen and painful. What's causing this to happen? Is edema and calf pain normal?

Should I have the Venefit procedure if I don't have varicose veins? (5 answers)
I am 30 years old and a vascular surgeon recently diagnosed me with CVI. I don't have any visible varicose veins yet, but I have had lots of pain and swelling in my lower legs for several years. Should I have VNUS or wait until I get varicose veins?

VNUS closure didn't work? (5 answers)
I had VNUS done a year ago. It doesn't seem like there is any difference in the appearance of my veins. They still bulge when I stand. My doctor says this is caused by new veins which developed after the surgery. Do I need to have it done again?

Can anxiety affect the success of the VNUS closure procedure? (5 answers)
I had the VNUS closure procedure done on the greater saphenous vein of my left leg and I suffer from occasional anxiety attacks and hot flashes. Can hot flashes and an increased heart rate affect the ability of the treated vein to remain closed?

Is there a certain weight of a patient a doctor would not on do needle VNUS closure on? (5 answers)


What is the reason for the redness in my foot from ankle to inner arch? (5 answers)
I had RFA done three months agobilateral with entry point of catheter at ankle for dilated GSV and SSV in both legs. I still have swelling in calf areas after sitting for 15-20 minutes and redness from ankle right through the inner arch of both feet. Is that normal?

Is it normal to have a cross between a bruising feeling and a numb feeling in your inner thigh 3 months post VNUS closure? (5 answers)
I had VNUS closure on 09/07/12 for my right leg and I am still experiencing an (aching) bruising and numb feeling in my inner thigh. I noticed an actual bruise yesterday. Is this normal? My follow-up is not until April and wondering if I should be seen sooner?

Can VNUS be performed if someone has very tiny veins? (5 answers)
My doctor tried but it was so painful trying to get the needle in the vein that he actually stopped trying. I am now turning to sclerotherapy for my veins.

Will support stockings eliminate venous ulcers? (5 answers)
I had a VNUS procedure done and got an ulceration on the ankle. Is this normal? Will support stockings help, or do I need to do something else?

Is it normal to get cold feet in one of legs with compression stocking (knee high), but not the other? (5 answers)
I'm a woman in my 20s and wear compression stockings for pain in my legs and because of a family history of varicose veins. While wearing the stockings, one foot and leg tends to get cold. Is this normal?

Should I have Bruises from my compression stocking? (5 answers)
I am 16 years old and was put in a compression stocking on my right foot after fracturing my lisfranc joint in my foot playing hockey 3 months ago. I am now getting bruises on my mid foot where I injured my foot and on the sides. Is this normal?

My new TED stockings hurt, is this normal? (5 answers)
I had acl surgery with a meniscus repair a week ago and left the facility with TED stockings on. I'm waiting for a call back from my surgeon but in the interim I purchased a pair at the local drug store because the others felt dirty after 7 days. The new ones hurt, is this normal?

What is best treatment for lipodermatosclerosis? (5 answers)
For 4 yr I have had inflamed nodules turning into sclerotic tissue. Biopsy first interpreted as Erythema Nodosum, then another path calls it LDS. Full venous studies negative for CVI-perfect veins.Is it reasonable to continue taking Trental..or what?

I'm wearing stockings, but they don't seem to help. (5 answers)
If I'm wearing stockings and they don't help my weak legs, is surgery the next step?

Post phlebitic syndrome 35 years later? (5 answers)
Can you develope post phlebitic syndrome 35 years after having a blood clot in the deep vein?

Chaps style for the wrong leg? (5 answers)
Is it alright to use chaps style compression stockings that state they are for one leg on the other? I have right leg chaps, but want to wear them on my left leg? Can they be turned inside out and worn?

I have a multi colored bruise after heart ablation (5 answers)
I have a big multi color bruise from cardiac ablation but it seems to be traveling down my leg and I have some swelling as well. Is this normal?

Does wearing compression stockings during pregnancy prevent vein problems? (5 answers)
I really don’t want to end up with vein problems once my daughter is born. Can wearing compression stockings during pregnancy prevent varicose veins?

Am I in the beginning stages of developing varicose veins? (5 answers)
I have noticed blue veins in both legs that have never been there before. They run up the calf and behind the knee. When I'm on my feet all day, some of the veins become very blue and others almost purple. They don't bulge. Is this the start of varicose veins?

Will removing my compression stocking do harm? (5 answers)
I was told to wear a compression stocking for six weeks on my right leg after ankle surgery on my left. Will taking it off two days early do any harm?

Why is my treated leg still very bruised and hard from top to bottom five months after ELA? What can I do? (5 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation treatment December of 2013. The vein is still very hard from top to bottom, and my treated leg is very darkly bruised over almost the entire length of the original vein. It looks terrible. The doctor says he has never seen this before and is not sure how to treat it. Do you have any suggestions?

How are my veins connected and will the ELA procedure benefit me? (5 answers)
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 showing along where my GSV is, but they're not bulging. Will endovenous laser ablation benefit me? How are my veins connected?

Is Laser Therapy very painful? (5 answers)
Can you please tell me if this is painful or not?

Can Laser Light Therapy help with vascular birthmarks? (5 answers)
My daughter has a dark red birthmark, about 1 square inch, on her chest. Is laser light therapy a good option? We're looking for something minimally invasive if possible.

Is there a minimum age for Laser light Therapy? (5 answers)
Is there a minimum age for Laser light Therapy?

My doctor uses the Vbeam for my spider veins but it dosen't work and causes brusing. Is it the right type of laser? (5 answers)
My doctor uses the Vbeam for my spider veins but it dosen't work and causes brusing. Is it the right type of laser?

What treatment would I need for veins in my cheeks? (5 answers)
I'm not sure what I need, what would you recommend for veins that are showing up in my cheeks?

Can laser light therapy be used when a person has DVT? (5 answers)
I'm suffering from chronic venous insufficiency due to DVT. My IVC and external iliacs are blocked. I'm wearing compession stockings at the moment, but varicose veins keep forming, even on my feet and toes. Can laser light therapy help?

Do I need to stay out of the sun after laser spider vein treatment? (5 answers)
I am going on vacation at the end of June and wanted to know how far in advance I would need to receive laser spider vein treatment.

I have had the veins stripped in my leg, as well as saline injections.The buldging veins are gone but now I have reddish coloured spots on my leg. (5 answers)
As a result of the spots, I no longer wear shorts or skirts. Any ideas?

My leg is swelling after having the endovenous laser ablation procedure, what should I do to reduce the swelling and discomfort? (5 answers)
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 the swelling and discomfort?

Why is the pain worse 3 months after endovenous laser ablation? (5 answers)
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 ultrasound. My right arm also hurts. What's happening? The doctor is not providing any answers.

When used to reduce redness around the eyes, can the Intense Pulse Light Therapy damage eye tissue? (5 answers)
One of my friends told me that her sister had a total face procedure with the IPL to remove redness. The small protective glasses were uncomfortable because of recent cataract surgery and she had the procedure without them. Can this cause damage?

Can intense pulse light therapy damage skin? (5 answers)
Does intense pulse light affect the surface skin? Could it cause skin damage or melanoma?

Is intense pulse light therapy for veins safe when pregnant? (5 answers)
I just found out that I am pregnant and have an IPL treatment coming up that I scheduled before I knew I was pregnant. The IPL is for broken capillaries/spider veins on my cheeks. Is it safe to have when pregnant or should I wait?

Outcomes with Microphlebectomy/EVLT? (5 answers)
I have dorsal foot varicosities, as well as varicose GSV and LSV's receiving these veins. Has anyone done microphlebectomy of the foot veins (with/out EVLT) and had more good than bad experiences with this procedure here? Thank you!

I had a large vein in my leg ablated 8 months ago and it still is ropey and painful. Is this normal? (5 answers)
It hurts when I sit or stand and is tender to touch. I had a blood clot in the vein when the procedure was done.

Side effects of drinking after EVLA? (5 answers)
What are the side effects of drinking alcohol after my evla?

Different causes for bulging veins? (5 answers)
I had minor vein reflux. My veins stand out at the end of the day in several spots in front of thighs (look like cellulite but are not) After 4 EVLTs two months ago on both legs, the swelling is still there. What can cause them to swell other than reflux?

Is leg pain a common side effect after varicose vein surgery or sclerotherapy treatments? (5 answers)
I had a phlebectomy that was not successful, then laser ablation and sclerotherapy within 2 months of each other. I now have shooting pains in my leg... is this something that is normal?

Trapped blood keep coming back in my varicose veins (5 answers)
I had EVLT followed by sclerotherapy for my variocose veins. I developed large amounts of trapped blood in the treated veins. How many times should you have to keep aspirating the blood. It keeps coming back after 4 attempts relieve hard lumps?

Will varicose vein surgery prevent me from getting blood clots? (5 answers)
Will varicose vein surgery prevent me from getting blood clots? I've had two blood clots in my leg. As we speak, I have chronic blood clot in my right arm. I need some advice; I don't want to die.

I have severe pain below my knee when after running, is this normal following laser vein surgery? (5 answers)
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 normal?

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? (5 answers)
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 appears that he wants to schedule as many surgeries as possible because that would increase my tab. Is he trying to cheat me?

Why did my VNUS cause multiple ulcers on my lower leg & ankle bone? (5 answers)
Within 5 minutes of VNUS surgery I had 7 large ulcers from the knee down. Any explanation why this would occur in only 1 leg? Could nerve damage in the leg from Shingles be a factor?

What could be causing my symptoms? (5 answers)
My left leg started with this numb feeling, now it is also throbbing in pain. It gets so tight and it feels like it's on fire, but it's cool to the touch. I cant sleep anymore because I awake in such severe pain. I also noticed that the top of my right foot hurts. What could be causing this?

How does VNUS treat superficial venous reflux? (5 answers)
What does the procedure involve?

What could be the cause of numb face, arm and neck after varicose vein surgery? (5 answers)
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?

Can Deep Vein Insufficiency be treated? (5 answers)
If so, which options are available? Success rate? If not treatable, what options aside from compression stockings are available? Most superficial veins have been closed yet I still have pain/burning in both legs and cannot sit or stand for long.

Can the veins come back after the surgery? (5 answers)
If someone has had varicose vein surgery, can they come back? At any time? What are the odds of this?

Why do they have to do the entire leg from top to bottom, when the veins are just below my knee? (5 answers)
I only have the veins below my knee he is doing my whole leg for 3400 cash, is this an accurate price?

How do you get rid of varicose veins? (5 answers)
What treatment is needed to get rid of painful and unsightly varicose veins?

Is it unusual to have discomfort in my leg years after having some varicose veins removed (5 answers)
I had surgery about 6 years ago and just recently noticed tightness in the treated leg. Touching my toes seems more impossible now on that leg in particular....like the leg is too tight to be successful in the stretch. There is also discomfort and aching.

Is there a possibility to cure or remove the varicose veins in my arms? (5 answers)
Is there a possibility to cure or remove the varicose veins in my arms? I had the schlero therapy procedure done already.

How do you treat Varicose Veins due to slow valves & reflux? (5 answers)
I have varicose veins due to slow valves and reflux. How can it be treated? How long it will take? How much it will cost?

Is local anesthesia used with all varicose vein treatments? (5 answers)
My mother had ELA performed and they only gave her oral sedation. She had extreme pain and less than great results. I need treatment for my veins and I am afraid of this treatment because of her experience. What type of anesthesia is usually used?

Two weeks post op Phlebectomy (5 answers)
I had the procedure done nearly 2 weeks ago, In 2 or 3 of the incisions it feels like a knot, 1 of them seems like a large lump about size of a quarter - kind of hurts - will they get smaller and go away and is this a normal?

Can leg crossing lead to Varicose Veins? (5 answers)
Is it harmful to your leg circulation to sit with your legs crossed?

How long should I wait after Varicose Vein Surgery to fly? (5 answers)
How long should I wait after varicose vein surgery to take an airplane trip, or does it matter?

Is radiofrequency occlusion the same procedure as VNUS? (5 answers)
How are they different?

Will Radiofrequency Occlusion require a long down time? (5 answers)
How long should I estimate for recovery? Will repeat treatments be required?

What's the chance of a complication after radiofrequency occlusion? (5 answers)


How long after sclerotherapy can tissue necrosis occur? (5 answers)
Can a slough appear 1 week after sclerotherapy treatment, or would you see & feel signs of it sooner?

Is it okay if some of the clotted veins are not drained during sclerotherapy? (5 answers)
The doctor drained them, but there is one on my wrist that is hard and goes up my arm. Even though he meant to do just the wrist, this one is hard to see, but I can feel it. Is that okay?

Large veins around eyes making it look like a black eye. (5 answers)
My granddaughter has large veins around that sometimes make her look as if she has a black eye. What is some possible treatments?

How will I know if the vein will vanish or fade after sclerotherapy? (5 answers)
It's been two weeks and any bruising that I had has faded. My legs look like they did before sclerotherapy. The vein behind my knee still hurts when i stand. i had sclero before and there were more obvious signs of fading. is there still a chance to improve?

Muscle Pain, Tendernous, and Spasms after Sclerotherapy (5 answers)
I had my right leg treated 4 days ago & since day 1 I have experienced muscle pain & tenderness in my calf. Occasionally, I have muscle spasms & today my ankle hurts as though it is sprained. It has been difficult to walk. Is this normal or serious?

Foam sclerotherapy following EVLT (5 answers)
I've had EVLT performed on both GSV's and both LSV's. How do you know if you need sclerotherapy foam on other veins and tributaries. Do these have to be incompetent to have this done? The EVLT was not performed on the lower portion of any of these veins.

Should I avoid taking Adderall prior and after Sclerotherapy? (5 answers)
Should I avoid taking Adderall prior and after Sclerotherapy?

What are these gray patches all over my legs where I had injections and where I had telangiectatic matting? (5 answers)
They're not purple. They're not red. They're gray. No visible veins, just kind of cooky looking. Will they go away?

Does radiofrequency occlusion heat the vein? (5 answers)
Is there a chance of burning?

Who should I call to treat pelvic varicose veins? (5 answers)
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. Is this called pelvic congestion syndrome? Have you encountered varicose veins in the pelvic region and can you recommend which type of specialist I should consult?

What is the best treatment and prognosis for pelvic congestion syndrome? (4 answers)
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.

How costly is the Radiofrequency Occlusion procedure? (4 answers)
Will insurance cover the cost? Does the procedure involve an overnight hospital stay I will need to budget for?

Any advice for someone who has been diagnosed with PCS on the right side of the body? (4 answers)
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 right side of my body and are covering my appendix. What options do I have?

My CT scan shows pelvic congestion syndrome but my doc says the scan cannot be used to make the diagnosis, why is that? (4 answers)
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 pelvic/abdominal pain for over two months.

Does Pelvic Congestion Syndrome need to be treated by OBGYN or a Vein Specialist? (4 answers)
Which specialist is preferred?

What can I do to feel relief for vulvar/buttock varicose veins? (4 answers)
My MD said it was varicose vein, gyn said nothing can be done and dismissed it. I have pain, pressure, skin burning especially with standing or sitting too long. Should I see a vein specialist or "live with it" as gyn said. affects quality of life.

What are the treatment options for pelvic congestion syndrome? (4 answers)
I think I may have PCS. What are the best treatment options for this?

Is having a Hysterectomy the only way to cure pelvic congestion syndrome? (4 answers)
Or are there other treatments?

How is the diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome made? (4 answers)
I think I may have PCS. How can I get diagnosed?

Which veins get injected with sclerotherapy? (4 answers)
Which veins get injected with sclerotherapy for varicose veins treatment? Is it the bulging ones or the ones inside the leg that we don't see that are varicose? Thank you!

I had sclerotherapy treatment in Feb 2011. Despite following directions to the letter, my spider veins are back. Why? (4 answers)
I had sclerotherapy treatment in Feb 2011. Despite following directions to the letter, my spider veins are back. Why?

Is new vein development after sclerotherapy preventable? (4 answers)
After sclerotherapy, I always have a burst of new ones develop. Is this preventable? I used to have spider veins only on my thighs but they disappeared after having treatment only to be replaced by new ones on my lower legs (which looks worse).

Sclerotherapy for labia varices? (4 answers)
I had a radiologist do sclerotherapy with x-ray dye for labia varices. Is it normal to feel hard rounded lumps deep into the labia post procedure. I feel the lumps are NOT LOCATED where the vein was.Will this resolve and how long does it take?

Worried that removing a spider vein will affect other body functions? (4 answers)
I have big spider vein from the legs to breasts including arms and stomach. Doctors say they can be vanished. But, I'm worrying whether or not removing them will affect the other body functions and cause new problems?

Which antibiotics should be avoided when getting Sclerotherapy? (4 answers)
Which antibiotics should be avoided when getting sclerotherapy? And how long before and after the procedure should they be avoided? Are tetracyclines the only ones that cause staining or do others?

How long does it usually take for the spider veins to go away? (4 answers)
I had injections done and it doesn't look like any of the spiders went away. This was a month ago. When can I expect to see a change. Also, is it safe to have this done while on Accutane?

Should I be worried about a dark purple vein that's still active? (4 answers)
I received sclerotherapy from a plastic surgeon's office for spider veins. The lady said a very visible dark purple vein behind my knee could not be treated because it is still an active vein. Should I be worried about underlying vascular problems?

Post sclerotherapy, extreme pain, posterior knees (4 answers)
If there was an untreated, localized ameoba infection, at the time of sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins, could this have caused ameoba cysts in knee, thus reason for ongoing pain still felt after almost two years later?

Visible under eye veins (4 answers)
I have veins below my eyes that are very visible through the skin. Is this type of therapy an option? What would the risks be, and if this is not an option, what treatment do you recommend? It is a hereditary condition I have had all my life.

Is radiofrequency occlusion a safe procedure with a low risk of death? (4 answers)
I'm thinking of having radiofrequency occlusion to rid the varicose veins that I believe are deep within the saphenous system. Can this procedure result in scaring or burning?

According to my doctor, the radiofrequency ablation performed on my legs was not successful because my veins kept moving. Is this normal? (4 answers)
I had radiofrequency ablation performed on both of my legs due to superficial venous reflux and varicose veins. The procedure was not successful on either. According to my doctor, it was because my veins kept moving. I felt a lot of poking and pain during the ablation. He was not even able to give me anesthetic. We had to stop the procedure because my veins would spasm. Is this normal?

How many bad veins can be closed at one time during radiofrequency occlusion? (4 answers)
Hi, I have 3 bad veins in my legs (2 in my left leg and 1 in my right leg). The doctor I am seeing for treatment wants to close them in 3 separate procedures. Can they all be treated at 1 time with radiofrequency occlusion?

My radiofrequency ablation procedure was not successful because my perforator vein moved, is this normal? (4 answers)
I had a venous ulcer that I treated myself and it finally healed. Following that, I had a dr. perform radiofrequency ablation, which was not successful. According to the doctor, my perforator vein wiggled. Is it normal for the vein to move? If so, would that really have caused my procedure to be unsuccessful?

DVT (4 answers)
Following a vein stripping performed in 1960, I developed an infection which complicated into a DVT in the left leg. For the years since, I have had poor circulation and accompanying adema. Would it be risky to have RF ablation now for var. veins?

What is the recovery time? (4 answers)
I had the venous doppler ultrasound done and I have a vein leaning against another causing numbness feeling and foot swelling b/c of the reflux. I am on warfarin and have a vena cava in already. This is on the rt. leg, what would be my recoup time?

Pain four years after vein ablation (4 answers)
I had a vein ablation 4 yrs ago and have had blue discoloration on calf since procedure where the doctor injected the spider vein treatment solution. I've had occasional pain until eight months ago, now the pain is constant. Causes?

Will I be able to exercise soon after Radiofrequency Occlusion? (4 answers)
I love to work out, and am in an athletic training program that requires I stay in good shape in the off-season. How much time should I expect to refrain from exercise after Radiofrequency Occlusion?

Can radiofrequency occlusion cause surrounding veins to collapse or become varicose? (4 answers)
Wouldn’t eliminating certain veins put too much pressure on the surrounding ones?

How does Radiofrequency Occlusion use sound to close veins? (4 answers)
I've read that RO uses sound waves to heat and close the vein. Can you hear it working? What affect do sound waves have on a blood vessel? I'm not sure I understand how this works.

Can Radiofrequency Occlusion be used to treat spider veins? (4 answers)
Is Radiofrequency Occlusion good to treat spider veins?

Should I have pain 1 week after Radiofrequency Occlusion surgery? (4 answers)
I had this procedure 1 week ago and am having more pain than the surgical procedure itself.

Wife had a superficial blood clot, now she is dead? (4 answers)
My wife had superficial blood clots in leg. They took ultrasound and she just collapsed 13 days ago in my arms and died in the hospital of a blood clot in the lung. She was healthy and young. No history, sickness, fever. How can this happen?

I have a varicose vein in groin and under the navel. (4 answers)
I have varicosed vein in my left groin and under my navel. It expands toward my left leg. What is the best treatment for me? And does excercise help me to reduce my varicosities?

Skin pigmentation after EVLT and ambulatory phlebectomy. (4 answers)
I recently had EVLT and an ambulatory phlebectomy done to my leg. Now there is some darkening to my skin in between my incisions. Is there a cream that can help with this hyperpigmentation from the surgery?

What can help if after treatment I'm left with a rash, like raw meat and painful? (4 answers)
I had laser treatment on my left leg, and I've been left with a rash, sort of like raw meat, which is very painful all the time. I have tried many creams, and they just burn. HELP!

My surgeon said the numbness was normal. Will it go away? (4 answers)
I had the closure procedure done October 2010. I am suffering with the left leg. I have tingling/numbness by the inner ankle, and sharp pains when I run. My Surgeon said this was normal. Can I expect this pain to go away? I am only 24.

Is early VNUS treatment better? (4 answers)
Recently my greater saphenous veins have become noticeably enlarged at my ankles. Exercise now causes previously invisible calf veins to show. Does early treatment result in significantly better outcome? Can veins become enlarged but not varicose?

Pain at night while sleeping after 10 days of having VNUS (4 answers)
I had vnus procedure 10 days ago; veins are gone and bruising is quickly going away. I've severe pain & burning sensation while sleeping; similar to the start of a Charlie horse and build up of lactic acid x10! Only in 1 leg; the worse of the 2.

Swelling above knee after VNUS and schlerotherapy. (4 answers)
I had the VNUS procedure done 3 years ago. I've had schlerotherapy each subsequent year. This year I noticed a swelling above the knee following treatment. This was 9 months ago and still hasn't gone away. What could this be?

I continue to have pain after VNUS surgery. (4 answers)
I had VNUS surgery 3 years ago on my left leg. I have a dull ache in my leg that I never had before surgery. I especially notice it at night in bed. It often bothers me enough to wake me up. I never had the ache before surgery. What causes this?

What does VNUS stand for? (4 answers)
How is it different from EVLT and ELVeS?

How long does it take to for the pain/heaviness to go away after vnus closure? (4 answers)
I had the procedure done a little over three weeks ago and am still having pain/heaviness. It was started at the ankle and up to my groin. Does that mean the vein has not fully closed?

How does VNUS compare to EVLT? (4 answers)
Which is the best procedure?

Can a single, large varicose vein located on the shaft of the penis be treated? (4 answers)


Can varicose vein surgery make my penis bigger and longer? (4 answers)


I have severe pain and a burning sensation in my achilles, could this be nerve damage? (4 answers)
After sclerotherapy, I experienced severe pain near in my achilles. It was sharp and there was a burning sensation. When I got up and walked around it got better. During the day today, however, I am still feeling pain on and off in that area, though not as severe as before. Could this be nerve damage?

Is an interventional radiologist ok in my case? (4 answers)
I am a 54 year old female approximately 75 pounds overweight. Had a spontaneous dvt in my left leg 16 years ago. I had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 1.5 yrs ago in my right leg, after that I had a small pulmonary embolism in my right lung. Now I am a "lifer" on Coumadin. Is it ok to have EVLA while on meds?

Is this pain normal after EVLA and sclerotherapy? I have not been able to resume what I would consider normal activities. (4 answers)
Had EVLA on my right saphenous vein 3 1/2 weeks ago. After 1 week it started to feel good, then hurt for 2-3 days, then started to feel good again.I had foam sclerotherapy performed on the same leg/thigh 9 days ago and it's hurt on/off ever since.

Tendon pain after ablation. (4 answers)
I've had ELA on both legs. I have some tendon pain on going up from my feet to the insides of each leg. Is this a side effect?

What is the relationship between high blood pressure and endovenous laser ablation? (4 answers)
My blood pressure was normal until the endovenous procedure. Immediately following the procedure my blood pressure became very elevatated. My blood pressure has remained high ever since. Now taking high blood pressure medication since this procedure.

Can vena saphena magna and parva be ablated in one procedure? (4 answers)
can vena saphena magna and parva be ablated in one procedure? Or do they need to be treated separately?

Numbness and Pain (4 answers)
I have pain in my calf ,numbness in my ankle, and also get sharp elecrical-like pains down my achilles tendon when I kick my leg. I had the procedure 3 weeks ago. I also have horrible discoloration on my calf, which resulted after post-injecions

Is intense pulse light therapy non invasive? (4 answers)
I am looking for more natural treatment options for my varicose and spider veins. Is IPL non-invasive? Are there other non-invasive treatment options or holistic/herbal therapies that can improve circulation? Thanks

How long has laser light therapy been used? (4 answers)
Is it proven safe? Can it cause cancer?

Hardened veins after laser vein treatment? (4 answers)
I had laser vein treatment done 6 weeks ago and now there are a few places on the backs of my knees that are purple, puffy, and a little sore. There's also a hard vein going up the back of my thigh. Is this normal? Will these eventually go away?

Will laser light therapy take care of varicose veins? If not, what will? (4 answers)
Will laser light therapy take care of any varicose veins? If not, what is the best treatment for varicose veins?

Is it possible to be burned from Laser Light Therapy? (4 answers)
I have very sensitive, fair skin that burns easily. Is laser light therapy safe to treat the spider veins on my thigh, or is there a chance that the treatment could injure the surface layers of my skin?

Restless syndrom..it's hard to walk without my legs giving out (4 answers)
I have real bad veins under my legs. Some times they bleed and I have restless syndrome. It's hard to walk without my legs giving out. Can you help me?

Is the advice my doctor is giving me valid? (4 answers)
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 abnormal leg. Apparently, the veins are too wide for a catheter. Is his advice valid? Also, is Serrapeptase OK for the heart?

Should I have radiofrequency ablation on both legs if only one is symptomatic? (4 answers)
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 both legs. Do I really need to have my left leg done if I have no symptoms?

I am an 88 year old female who is terrified of having EVLA treatment, should I just finish my days without this procedure? (4 answers)
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, swollen feet? I am currently taking pain medicine, water and potassium.

Which is better for SCI/para injuries, TED stockings or compression stockings? (4 answers)
I have worn a thigh-high TED stocking that is open toe for 20 yrs. I am wondering if being used on a paralyzed leg with moderate DTD activity (as can be), if switching to a compression stocking would be better for regular use & circulatory & DVT risk/care?

How can someone have an easier time putting on and taking off her compression stockings? (4 answers)
My grandma is 93 years old, and my uncle who she cares for can't get the compression stockings on and off. How can this process be made easier?

I recently developed spider veins, should I wear compression stockings all of the time? Will they prevent more spider veins from developing? (4 answers)


Is intermitent pneumatic compression therapy safe for the treatment of lymphedema when old blot clots are present? (4 answers)
I'm concerned that pneumatic compression therapy might dislodge an old clot. I have read the compression stockings are a good treatment, but I find that they are not easy to put on and take off. I'm looking for an alternative. Can you suggest something?

I have osteoarthritis in my knees. Can thigh-high stockings make pain worse? (4 answers)
The pain in my knees seems to be getting worse ever since I started wearing thigh-high compression stockings. I purchased them because I have osteoarthritis in my knees. Are these stockings OK for me? Or, should I discontinue them?

How do compression stockings afect the venous capacitance? (4 answers)
Can you explain how compression stockings work and how they affect the venous capacitance? Thank you

After wearing my Juzo compression stocking for an hour, I began to have pain and tightness in my chest. What should I do? (4 answers)
My Juzo compression stockings seemed too tight despite the fact I was measured and fitted for them by a doctor. After wearing the hose for an hour, I began to have pain and tightness in my chest, which got worse quickly. I removed them and the symptoms settled down. Why would this happen and what should I do?

What's the right way to put on thigh-high, open-toe compression stockings? What's the max strength that should be worn? (4 answers)


My compression stockings don't feel tight but they cause my lower calf muscle to get tight and sore, is this normal? (4 answers)
I recently bought a pair of grad compress socks (15-20 mmgh). They feel great on and don't feel too tight but I do notice that my lower calf muscle gets a bit tight & sore wearing them. The socks do not feel tight when they're worn. Is this normal?

What is the difference between ELVeS and EVLT? (4 answers)
They sound similar.

Can compression stockings help a severe hematoma? (4 answers)
A car hit my leg and bruised it severely. I have some pain and some problems bending it back. It feels a little numb at times in one area. But I can still feel it.

What can I do about the top of stocking digging into my calf? (4 answers)
The stockings fit but the tops of them dig into my skin and is painful. Is there anything I can do to stop it? Can I put an elastic bandage or something under them to help with that?

Is my compression stocking not allowing a bruise on my foot to heal? (4 answers)
The top of my foot feels bruised and has felt that way for awhile. I wear a compression stocking daily because I did Thrombolysis to clear out a clot. I am 26 yrs old so I usually heal fast. Is the compression stocking keeping the bruise from healing?

What if Compression Stkgs are making my legs hurt worse? (4 answers)
Does this mean that there is something wrong other than varicose veins? It's mostly in my right leg. They make my legs itch, and I get burning sensations. It drives me so crazy I have to take them off! They are 15-20 mmHg and I was measured.

Painful/Sensitive skin after removing stockings? (4 answers)
I wear knee-high compression stockings occassionally for swollen ankles and feet. Why is the skin on my lower legs VERY painful/sensitive to the touch after removing the stockings. Stays painful for about a day. Is this even normal?

When I remove stockings to bathe, the foot of the affected leg is much much pinker. Is that normal? I had knee surgery several weeks ago. (4 answers)
When I remove stockings to bathe, the foot of the affected leg is much much pinker. Is that normal? I had knee surgery several weeks ago.

PAD vs. ARTERIAL (4 answers)
What is the difference between PAD & Arterial disease? If you have arterial disease & PAD should you wear compression stockings?

I had VNUS on my right leg yesterday and everything was fine until last night I started having sharp stabbing pain around the foot and ankle. (4 answers)
The pain started on the top of my foot but has now moved to my Achilles tendon area. The pain stops when I stand up for a while but when I lay down with my leg on a pillow like I was told to do the pain returns. What could be causing the pain?

I have an open blister and fluid leakage 1 week after VNUS surgery, is this normal? What should I do? (4 answers)
I had VNUS surgery 8 days ago and really haven't had any problems until yesterday. I removed the butterfly closers and noticed the pathway of the vein, which had been red and rigid. Also, there is now an open blister with fluid running. Is this normal? What should I do?

After the VNUS closure, is it normal to have a numb/tingling sensenation following exercise? (4 answers)
I waited three weeks before exercising, although I did walk following the VNUS procedure. The day after I exercised, I started experiencing mild pain, numbness and tingling in my lower leg and foot. It is worse after sitting and feels better after walking. Is this normal? What should I do?

Does ultrasound guided sclerofoam hurt? (4 answers)
Does the procedure hurt more due to the foam expanding in the vein?

Are veins ever too large for ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy? (4 answers)
Endovenous laser treatment has been pushed on my by most doctors, but the procedure is expensive and out of my budget. Are veins ever too large for ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy? I'm afraid I can't get a honest answer.

I had foam sclerotherapy in my left leg..vein has become partially occluded (4 answers)
I had foam sclerotherapy in my left leg a couple of months ago and now my great saphenous vein has become partially occluded with the foam.

My great saphenous vein was healthy. Foam accidentally occluded my great saphenous vein 10cm down from the groin and more of the vein is occluded in my calf. Will I need to have this vein obliterated with a laser or will it die off naturally?

How long after phlebitis do I have to wait before having foam sclerotherapy? (4 answers)
New collateral veins have opened up and my legs look ugly. Can foam sclerotherapy successfully treat post phlebitic large flacid veins and ankle veins?

Yellow fluid is draining from one of the incisions made during microphlebectomy, is this normal? (4 answers)
I had a microphlebectomy a week ago. The doctor inserted a lot of fluid in the veins to deaden them. I am now having a lot of drainage from one of the cuts. It is yellow in color. Is this normal, or is it something I should be concerned about?

I have small pieces of tissue coming from the microphlebectomy incision sites, should I be trimming it? What to do about pain? (4 answers)
I have small pieces of tissue coming from several incision sites. I can pull them and trim some, but then they bleed a little. Should I be trimming this tissue? Also, what about the incision site on top of my foot that hurts a lot and sends shooting pain down my foot?

Can the Veinwave procedure reduce the appearance of varicose veins? (4 answers)


What is the benefit of adding ultrasound technology to sclerotherapy? (4 answers)
I’ve heard a lot about sclerotherapy and how effective it is in treating cosmetic vein problems. What is the benefit of adding ultrasound technology to sclerotherapy? Is it worth the additional cost?

How painful is an embolization treatment in the labia to treat a venous malformation? (4 answers)
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 amount of pain after the embolization? What can relieve this pain?

Under eye veins (4 answers)
Is there any danger to having veins under the eyes removed? Should this procedure be avoided if the patient has circulatory problems? How wide are the incisions for removing under eye veins? What is the cost of this procedure typically?

PE after microphlebectomy (4 answers)
I've have PE after this procedure. I'm currently on Dabigatran 150 mg 2/day for 3 months. I never had DVT before and I'm very active . I'm very nervous how long I'm in danger of another PE related to the same proc.

What is the best method of treatment for bulging blue ankle veins? (4 answers)
I have developed protruding blue veins around my ankle (my achilles heel area) and generally on my foot. Would foam sclerotherapy or just sclerotherapy be suitable in treating this? Would it help resolve my ankle aching on hot days?

Are the foam sclerotherapy treatments working like they should? (4 answers)
I have had foam sclerosants injected into three veins, two of which have gone hard. The last vein in the back of my thigh feels the same as before and it disappears when I lie down, as if blood is still traveling in it. Does that mean it was missed, or should I give it time?

Can you explain benefits of ELAS vs. EVLT? (4 answers)
Is there any known benefit to getting an ELAS procedure over the EVLT procedure or vice versa for repeat procedures?

Why do I have severe pain 9 days after EVLT? (4 answers)
Could this be the nerves? I'm a 33-year-old and an athlete in good physical condition. I have been on Percocet since the procedure and want to stop, but the pain is severe in the upper thigh. Ultrasound was normal. What could this be?

Which procedure works better on varicose veins, sclerotherapy or EVLT? (4 answers)
When should one of these procedures NOT be done on veins?

After endovenous laser ablation treatment, how long does it take for the tightness/discomfort to resolve? (4 answers)
I'm athletic, in good shape, and have always had excellent flexibility. I am concerned because 4 weeks after endovenous laser treatment my knees are better but not "normal." I cannot bend them all the way (calf to thigh) without tightness/discomfort. My Dr. hasn't been helpful. When will the tightness/discomfort resolve?

What is the difference between ELAS, EVLT and ELVES? (4 answers)
And which one would be better?

Can I get phlebectomy for surface blue veins? (4 answers)
I had EVLT done on both legs 6 months ago and stab on the back of my calves for varicose bulging. Now I noticed superficial blue veins on the tops of my thighs and calves. Can I get phlebectomy for these or should I just live with them?

Is numbness and pain normal after EVLT? (4 answers)
I had EVLT done on my rt leg three weeks ago. I still have pain and walk with a limp. It hurts to straighten my knee fully. It's as if the back of my knee is "tight". I got a large blister on my thigh and am completely numb in my groin and rt hip area

EVLT Vs. VNUS closure procedure: Which is better? (3 answers)
I wanted to know which procedure is better, safer and less painful? I went to two different vein specialist, and one is recommending EVLT but the other says that VNUS is better and less painful. Is this true?

Is having three EVLTs scheduled for three days in a row safe? (3 answers)
They are each around midday to have a 24-hour gap. But should I wait longer than that?

Veins bulging even after 4 EVLTs (3 answers)
I had 4 EVLTs performed. It has been 1 year since my last procedure, and my veins still bulge out slightly (giving the appearnce of cellulite in front of thigh) after running or standing on my feet. What gives? Has the treatment been inneffective?

What should I do about my EVLT-related symptoms? (3 answers)
Good day, I had EVLT on both legs one month ago. I have worn my stockings faithfully, but since the past 2 days my right leg is swollen from the knee down and it's painful to walk.I also have two bumps where the vein was and my skin is warm to touch. What should I do?

How Long Do Most Vascular Stenting Procedures Take to Complete? (3 answers)


What can be done about the petechiae on my legs and face? (3 answers)
I recently started getting petechiae (red or purple spots on the body that are caused by a hemorrhage or broken capillaries) on my legs. The doctor gave me compression stockings. They have helped my legs, but now I have petechiae on my face. Do you have any suggestions? I am a 34-year-old female.

Is there any website that will give me insight on my doctor? (3 answers)
I went to a doctor for endovenous laser treatment. The area he treated actually looks worse than before. Is there any website that will give me insight on my doctor? I wander what type of reviews he's gotten and whether other patients have had the same problem as me.

I have numbness in my right leg 6 months after EVLT, will the feeling ever come back? If so, is there anything I can do to speed up the process? (3 answers)
I went to have my 6 month ultrasound after having both legs treated with endovenous laser ablation. According to my doctor, there is still trapped blood below my right knee. He assumes it will find a way out eventually. Is this true? Also, my right leg is numb. He says that this may be permanent. Will the feeling ever come back? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process? I completely regret doing this. :(

Is a doctor visit necessary after a blood clot or abscess has been "drained" at home? (3 answers)
My husband had what appeared to be an abscess on his upper inner thigh. He squeezed it and a blood clot, along with pus, came out. It also started squirting blood. He feels he does not need to see a doctor. I am concerned due to the clot. Do you think he should consult a doctor?

Can aspirin be used to prevent deep vein clots? (3 answers)
I have a deep vein clot and have taken warfarin for 6 months and I am still on warfarin because I am scared of getting another clot. Can aspirin and fish oil help to prevent new blood clots in the leg veins if I go off warfarin?

Sjogrens Syndrome and Foam Sclerotherapy (3 answers)
What concerns should be considered for a Sjogrens Syndrome patient seeking Foam Sclerotherapy treatment?

Advantage over Asclera? (3 answers)
what are the advantages (if any) over Asclera and also, must a compression stocking be worn after the proceedure AND EXACTLY for how long?

If you develop phlebitis after foam sclerotherapy, what happens to the leg? (3 answers)
My leg aches continually especially in warm weather. Can this be eradicated with more foam to reduce the refluxing veins? What are my chances of getting phlebitis again in this leg and how long should I leave it before having more treatment?

What solutions is used in foam scherotherapy? (3 answers)
What solutions is used in foam scherotherapy?

About how long after a Microphlebectomy does it take the remaining vein to clot (go away)? (3 answers)
Can you give me a approximate time for the remaining vein to clot?

Can large, bulging veins be treated on feet? (3 answers)
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 them for cosmetic reasons, can they be treated? If so, what's the best procedure?

Does the Veinwave procedure work better than sclerotherapy? (3 answers)
I am going to have my spider veins worked on this spring, and I am interested in the Veinwave procedure. Does it work better than sclerotherapy? I had sclerotherapy maybe 5-6 years ago and it seemed painful.

After discontinuing my compression stocking, I have pain and more bruising. Should I be concerned? (3 answers)
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 I walk and darker bruising. Should I be overly concerned?

Hyper pigmentation after having ambulatory phlebectomy and EVLA. (3 answers)
I have some hyper pigmentation on one of my legs after having ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser ablation. What topical treatment can I use to help fade this hyperpigmentation? Or should I just give it time to fade?

The Veinwave procedure left small scars on my face, will they disappear over time? (3 answers)
I had the Veinwave procedure done in Sweden 6 weeks ago, I had a few small veins on my nose and around the wings. My face still looks red and small scars have appeared where the veins used to be. Will the redness and scarring disappear over time? The nurse says it can´t be scars!

How do I get rid of the bulging veins on the side of my forehead? Is microphlebectomy an option? (3 answers)


Do you need to wear compression or stockings of any kind after the procedure to ensure success? (3 answers)
After veinwave procedure, is it recommended to wear compression stockings or stockings of any kind to ensure success?

Is it common for ultrasound guided foam slcerotherapy to travel into healthy veins by accident? (3 answers)
Is ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy accurate/safe in treating small reticular veins on the surface or does it often shoot off into the great saphenous vein during this procedure? This has happened to me and I am worried about the implications.

My leg feels heavy and aches continuously (3 answers)
I had endovenous laser ablation for my great saphenous vein and foam sclerotherapy on the same day 6 months ago. I got phlebitis and now my leg aches

My leg has new veins where I had phlebitis and my leg feels very heavy and aches continuously day and night. What could be causing this and how long before I could consider a re-treatment for reflux? Should I continue to wear the compression stocking?

Does this mean the deep veins will become incompetent now? (3 answers)
I have developed inflammation in my deep veins after foam sclerotherapy injections. Does this mean the deep veins will become incompetent now?

I do not have a dvt just deep vein inflammation. Will this damage the valves in the longer term causing incompetence of the deep veins and post phlebitic limb?

Will this damage the valves and create bulging blue veins? (3 answers)
I have developed phlebitis after foam sclerotherapy in my healthy veins. Will this damage the valves and create bulging blue veins?

Does phlebitis cause the limb to continually ache and create heavy leg cramps at night resembling Restless Leg Syndrome? Does phlebitis cause neovascularization?

Have you ever heard of anyone having long-term dizziness/light sensitivity after sclerotherapy? (3 answers)
About 4 days after sclerotherapy I started feeling dizzy. My vision wasn't as good and my eyes were really sensitive to light, especially fluorescent lighting. Have you heard of this before? Is this a side effect from the sclerotherapy? I had a MRI and EKG but nothing showed up.

Can you help me understand my venous reflux exam? (3 answers)
Just got reflux report back. 7000 ml of fluid in left leg only. Have dr apt next week. Can someone tell me what this would be? Swelling and pain in left leg.

Why did I encounter so much pain during the VNUS closure procedure? (3 answers)
I had a VNUS procedure yesterday. No pain and just mild discomfort afterwards. But, I had excruciating pain during the procedure. Had two Valium and two Vicodin prior to the procedure but was quite alert until about half an hour after it was all over. Anxiety?

Should I have the Venefit procedure if I don't have varicose veins? (3 answers)
I am 30 years old and a vascular surgeon recently diagnosed me with CVI. I don't have any visible varicose veins yet, but I have had lots of pain and swelling in my lower legs for several years. Should I have VNUS or wait until I get varicose veins?

VNUS in Calf & Thigh? (3 answers)
My doctor told me that I am one of the rare (5%) of patients needing VNUS treatment in the saphenous veins in both my thighs and calves, due to the insufficiencies shown in the duplex ultrasound. Can you tell me more? Is this more serious than usual?

Still numb to light touches after a year. (3 answers)
It has been a year since my VNUS closure and I'm still numb to light touches on my ankle. I feel like it has gotten better, but is it safe to say I'm stuck like this forever? or could something be pushing on the nerve stopping the healing?

Swollen ankles (3 answers)
I had venous and foam treatment to both of my legs one week ago. Recovery is good although my thigh is very bruised and tender. However, my ankles appear swollen. Is this normal?

I had injections in my veins and since then, I have had bad pains and weakness in my right leg. Why is this? (3 answers)
I had injections in my veins and since then, I have had bad pains weakness in my right leg. Why is this?

Can ELVeS be used to treat varicose veins on the lower leg? (3 answers)
Could the ELVeS procedure be performed on varicose veins in the lower leg? I realize that the endovenous laser treatment cannot be used for the lower leg and I was wondering if ELVeS could be an alternative for me. Thank you.

What, if any, complications can occur using the ELVeS? (3 answers)
I have previously had sclerotherapy for my veins with excellent results. Now, a doctor, said my valve is problematic so the Laser should be used. I guess I'm a little nervous about the procedure.

Why is it important to walk for 15 minutes after ELVeS? (3 answers)
Why should I walk?

What is the difference between ELVeS and Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)? (3 answers)
Is one better than the other?

Leg veins or tortuous veins treated by EVLT? (3 answers)
Most you tube videos I have watched show only thigh veins being tackled by EVLT. No videos show leg veins or tortuous veins. Does this mean, it is difficult to use lasers in these situations?

Is there anything that can be done about thread veins on my face (cheek,chin, neck) (3 answers)
Wondering if anything can be done for the thread veins that cover one side of my cheek,nose, chin & neck? They are very embarassing and cause me to wear alot of make-up trying to cover it up. I'm 61 years old and would like not to have to wear makeu

I had endovenous laser ablation and now instead of blue/green marks, I have red ones. Is this normal? What should I do? (3 answers)


I am a smoker, can I safely wear compression stockings? (3 answers)


Is there a way to prevent thigh-high stockings from sticking to my pants? (3 answers)
I find when wearing full-length or thigh-high compression stockings, they cause my thighs to stick to my pants and my pants to ride up higher. They also bunch up at the knees. This mostly happens with tight or light dress pants and when going up stairs. How can I prevent this from happening?

My compression stockings fold at the ankles, causing pain, dizziness and nausea. How can I prevent this from happening? (3 answers)
I have stage 3 lipedema. I was professionally fitted for compression stockings on two separate occasions, but they continue to be uncomfortable. My compression stockings wrinkle at the ankles, causing pain, dizziness and nausea. The stockings always slip and cause this pain. As soon as I fix the fold/wrinkle, the dizziness and nausea stops. When the fold occurs again, the symptoms return. How can I prevent this from happening?

How long do I have to wait before I can fly after having endovenous laser ablation? (3 answers)


Is laser therapy used on larger veins as well? (3 answers)
My daughter had a very large vein and laser light therapy was done 4 weeks ago. She has lumps down her leg. Is this ok?

Broken Capillaries on my Nose (3 answers)
I have large pores, blackhead. An aesthitician used a tool to remove blackheads and sold me Clarisonic and Obagi products. The Pores/blackheads increased in size/number and sudden broken capillaries appeared after 1 week use. Best solution?

Can the redness after laser spider vein treatment ever permanent? (3 answers)
How long should it take redness to go away after laser spider vein treatment. Is it ever permanent?

Is Laser Therapy the best treatment for Rosacea? (3 answers)
I had laser light therapy for facial redness and veins showing on my face due to Rosacea. The veins now appear darker and more visible than they were before. Is this normal if this procedure was done 2 days ago? if so when will the redness go away for the desired result?

Can Laser Light Therapy remove moles? (3 answers)
Can Laser Light Therapy remove remove moles?

How many Laser Light Therapy sessions are needed to remove blue veins from underneath the eye? (3 answers)
I have had 1 session of laser treatment with a YAG ND 1064 laser. The veins seem lighter and immediately after they seemed to be almost gone, but now at 1 week later they are visible again. How many treatments will yield complete elimination?

Accutane and Yag laser legs (not face) (3 answers)
I have tiny veins on ym legs and I'm having yag laser treatment soon. Oneday after treatment I want to start with 40mg accutane. Is it safe to start taking 1 day after? And I want a second laser treatment on my legs 6 weeks after the having yag laser treatment. (I want to start with accutane).

Is Intense Pulse Light therapy a good choice for broken capillaries under the eyes? (3 answers)
Or is another treatment better?

Does intense pulse light therapy work on vascular birthmarks? (3 answers)
I have a birthmark on my leg I have wanted to remove for years. I'm in my 20s, with fair skin and the birthmark is quite dark, about 2x3 inches. Would IPL be an effective treatment? I'm looking for something non-invasive.

Are African Americans good candidates for intense pulse light therapy? (3 answers)
Are African Americans good candidates for intense pulse light therapy?

Fear of treatment (3 answers)
I have a small but bulging vericose vein behind my knee, it runs up my thigh about 6". I worry about how it bulges. I want to have the Vasculight laser done but I have 2 kids and am scared to death of getting a blood clot. What are the chances of this happening?

Can Intense Pulse Light therapy be used on the hands? (3 answers)
I have ugly, visible veins on the backs of my hands and would like to get rid of them. Would IPL work, or are other treatments better?

Is Intense Pulse Light Therapy safe to use on any skin tone? (3 answers)
Does IPL work better or worse on dark, medium, or light tones?

Can Intense Pulse Light therapy be used in conjunction with Sclerotherapy? (3 answers)
Can I have IPL for spider veins concurrently with sclerotherapy, or will the treatments impact each other?

A lot of pain after surgery on my calf. (3 answers)
I had my treatment done last week, and I have a lot of pain on my calf and tingling feeling from my lower calf to my ankle. Is this normal?

My physician advised against injecting near the ankle because the lower part of the leg tends to turn brown permanently. Is this true? (3 answers)


I still have pain and tenderness 3 weeks post-sclerotherapy, what should I do? (3 answers)
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 touch, but there is no swelling or bruising. Any idea as to what I should do?

Can sclerotherapy be used to remove an external hemorrhoid? And can a vein clinic perfom this procedure? (3 answers)
Can sclerotherapy be used to remove an external hemorrhoid? And can a vein clinic perfom this procedure?

Blue visible veins all over my body? (3 answers)
I recently just noticed that all of my veins are visible all over my body, including a few in the chest area....is this normal? I'm currently on Accutane too.

Why are my mother's feet unresponsive and rock-like after having DVT? What are her treatment options? (3 answers)
My mother had DVT in her right leg in 2009 and has had 2 further ballooning surgeries. However, the feet in both legs continue to be unresponsive and feel rock-like and heavy. Recently, she's also started feeling as if she has rocks in her soles. What could be causing this? What are her treatment options?

Should my leg hurt half a year after varicose vein stripping surgery? (3 answers)
I had varicose vein stripping surgery on both legs last November.. I has been half a yer now and I still feel pain and chills in both legs. Also, some parts of my legs feel hard and numb. I'm confused. I felt fine during the first month after the procedure. Is what I'm experiencing normal? If not, what might have gone wrong and what should I do?

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? (3 answers)
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 that leg wasn't operated on. Also, I can't lift my leg much whilst laying on the bed. Is this normal? Should I return to my doctor for a examination of that leg?

One year after VNUS treatment, injections? (3 answers)
My earlier question was regarding the ankle numbness I am still experiencing when I touch it. I went to a new provider, and they want to do sclerotherapy on the cluster of spider veins on my ankle where it's numb. Will it get worse or better?

Nausea after procedure normal after VNUS closure procedure? (3 answers)
I just had the VNUS closure procedure this AM. Is it normal to feel nauseated and just a little light headed since the procedure?

I have large amounts of pain in my leg that I didn't have before after havign VNUS done. (3 answers)
The pain is intense with numbness and tingling. Will this go away or is this nerve damage?

Who wouldn't be a good candidate for VNUS/ELVT procedures? (3 answers)
Who would not be a good candidate for VNUS/ELVT procedures?

What is the difference between VNUS and EVLT? (3 answers)
Both procedures sound like they treat the greater saphenous vein. So what’s the difference between them?

Can bulging penis veins be treated with surgery? If so, what would that procedure be and is it safe? (3 answers)


Sometimes my leg collapses, could it be because I have really bad varicose veins? (3 answers)


What can I do in getting my legs back to normal color? (3 answers)
Last year, I had surgery for varicose veins. This resulted in making both of my legs below the knee look as if I had been in some horrible accident. The skin is stained and I am looking for somthing which get the color of my legs back to normal...

How long do you have to wear compression stocking after vein ligation? (3 answers)
What is the recommended amount of time to wear compression stockings after having a vein ligation?

Does surgical removal of veins hurt? (3 answers)
I had a doplers test and the report suggests varicose vein surgery. The doctor said he will decide which type of surgery he will use once he begins operating on my leg. I am just worried about the pain. Is there a lot of pain involved with varicose vein surgery as well as with laser?

Can I have varicose vein surgery in both my legs done at the same time? (3 answers)
I am planning on having the VENOUS procedure soon. Can I have both my legs done at the same time?

Can Radiofrequency Occlusion be used if I have ulcers due to varicose veins? (3 answers)
Can RFO be performed on the legs of a person who has ulcers developed due to varicose veins?

What kind of anesthesia is used in Radiofrequency Occlusion? (3 answers)
Is anything used to numb the area?

Is RF Occlusion a more advanced treatment with better outcomes than EVLT? (3 answers)
Is this true?

Is there a difference between radiofrequency ablation and radiofrequency occlusion? Or, are they the same? (3 answers)


I have perforator vein reflux & reflux of the CFV, is it safe to have radiofrequency occlusion? Will smoking affect the results or cause DVT? (3 answers)


Is radiofrequency occlusion the same as laser vein treatments? (3 answers)
I’ve been trying to do some research, and I’m getting confused. How is radiofrequency occlusion different from endovenous laser ablative treatments? When should one procedure be used over the other in the treatment of varicose veins?

I have a stabbing pain 10 days after radiofrequency ablation therapy, is this normal? (3 answers)
I have a stabbing pain like an ice pick and the top of my foot has been burning severely since my radiofrequency ablation 10 days ago. Is this normal? All of the pain is below the point of entry of the catheter. I am having horrible pain around the ankle area.

Does valve closure occur spontaneously at the time of ablation? (3 answers)
My husband had ablation on a branch vein in his thigh and upon ultrasound a few days later he was told the greater saphenous vein spontaneously closed at the same time (the doctor did not perform the ablation there). Is this known to occur?

Can radiofrequency occlusion help with lipodermasclerosis? (3 answers)
I see a dermatologist for my lipodermasclerosis, but it is progressing faster than we can handle. Can radiofrequency occlusion help with this condition?

Is vasculitis a possible side effect of sclerotherapy? (3 answers)
Is vasculitis a possible side effect of sclerotherapy?

Dan sclerotherapy cause numbness in hands? (3 answers)
I had Sclerotherapy done on my hands. The doctor did many viens. My hands look great. But sometimes at night my hands feel numb or during the day one of my fingers feels numb. Is it temporary? Is it okay to have numbness? Thank you!

Medical Data to support repeat ultrasound quided sclerotherapy (3 answers)
My insurance carrier recently changed its policy. It used to grant 3 sclerotherapy sessions, now they state repeat sessions are not medically indicated. However, this is not listed in their policy on varicose veins. I need data to fight this.

New large veins appeared after sclerotherapy. (3 answers)
I had sclerotherapy a week ago and I noticed that new large veins appeared that weren't there before, and that the treated ones haven't fully disappeared yet. Is it a side effect of sclerotherapy? What seemed to cause the problem? Thanks.

Is it possible to have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome even if you have never been pregnant? (3 answers)
I have been getting hard pains in my pelvic area for 4-5 years. I'm only 18 and i have never been pregnant. Is it still possible to develop this condition without having been pregnant?

How can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome be diagnosed? (3 answers)
How do I know if I have PCS? I have had ultrasounds and bloodwork done and everything has come back normal.

Does Pelvic Congestion Syndrome typically get worse or better with age? (3 answers)
Is age a factor with PCS?

I have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and I am 27 weeks pregnant, is vaginal delivery safe? (3 answers)
Or should I have a C-section?

What can be used to reduce the cronic pain of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (3 answers)
Are there any pain killers to help with PCS?

What is a recommended treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (3 answers)
What is your recommended treatment of PCS and do you recommend an OBGYN? Is weight gain typically associated with PCS?

How is pelvic congestion syndrome diagnosed? (3 answers)
What exactly is pelvic congestion syndrome? I have abdominal pain that comes and goes and someone said I might have PCS. How would I find this out?

I seem to have more pelvic pain after a bowel movement? (3 answers)
I have had this pelvic pain and have had an ultra sound and ct scan to check for cancer etc...the only thing shown were enlarged veins, i saw a gyno doctor and she said everything is good...should i see a lower GI doctor ? I have had gastric bypass ?

I had a CT scan and was diagnose of having pelcic congestion syndrome so what doctor do I go for this? (3 answers)
What kind of specialist treats Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? What are some treatments for this condition?

Is Pregnancy dangerous after being diagnosed with PCS? (3 answers)
I may be accidentally pregnant having an IUD in. I am treated round the clock for my pain from PCS. If I am pregnant again (this being my forth child) is it dangerous to me in any way? Could the baby be at risk or can I be at higher risk?

Is Pelvic Congestion Symdrome life threatening if left untreated? (3 answers)
Is Pelvic Congestion Symdrome life threatening if left untreated?

Why do I have a tremendous amount of pain the morning after having intercourse? (3 answers)
I am 29 weeks pregnant. I have varicose veins on the right side of my vulva and rear end. Even if my husband is extremely gentle when penetrating, I still experience the pain when I wake up. Is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain?

Diagnosis disputed (3 answers)
After a CT Scan the diagnosis was Pelvic Congestive Syndrom. My doctor sent me to Magee's Womans Hospital to see if they could help me. The doctor said that this disorder has been scientifically disproven. They made me feel like a nut. Is this true?


Can you still get pregnant with pelvic congestion syndrome? (3 answers)
Can you still get pregnant with pelvic congestion syndrome?

I need a second opinion from a PCS specialist. (3 answers)
Before undergoing yet another surgery for suspected Endometriosis, I would feel more comfortable if a specialist could rule in-or-out PCS. No one has ever suggested that it could be anything else and after other failures I'm seeking alternatives.

Do you have information on the use/effectiveness of physical therapy with pelvic congestion syndrome? (3 answers)
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 Internet.

I was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome, how painful will delivery be if I get pregnant again? (3 answers)
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 time I I can't have a bowel movement without Advil because I have vaginal canal pain. How painful would labor be?

Can exercise, such as Yoga and Pilates, ease symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome? (3 answers)


Why do I have a strong pulsating feeling and dull pain in the left vaginal wall after embolization one month ago? (3 answers)
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 of this and why does it happen?

What should I do if I recently found out I have varicose veins on my uterus? (3 answers)
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? Should I seek treatment now?

Does abdominal pain indicate pelvic congestion syndrome? (3 answers)
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 the scan was "normal." Do you have any advice for next steps?

Does birth control work as treatment for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (3 answers)
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 veins in my legs if they just embolize the stomach veins?

Might I have pelvic congestion syndrome and do I need an emergency check-up? (2 answers)
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 getting leg cramps at night that make my leg go straight out. I am scared. What should I do?

Who treats venous malformations and how are they treated in the labia area? (2 answers)
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 changes with respiratory. I was told the venous malformations will return if treated. Who treats this and what method is used?

Two weeks after I had and ovarian vein embolization the pain is worse. Is this normal? (2 answers)
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 worse. Why do you think that is?

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. (2 answers)


What causes Venous Malformation? (2 answers)
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 menopause? Can the VM be surgically removed forever?

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? (2 answers)
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? Are there compression shorts?

What do I do about recurrence after ovarian vein embolization? (2 answers)
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 & ultrasound shows prom. venous collaterals l. adnexa. Now what?

Could my condition be a symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome? (2 answers)
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?

Pregnancy after ovarian vein ligation? (2 answers)
I had an ovarian vein ligation several years ago. Would it be possible for me to conceive again, & safe to do so?

Is it safe to have a C-section if you're diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome? (2 answers)


If one ovary has varicose veins, it is possible for pain to occur on the opposite side? (2 answers)
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 colonoscopy and EGD were normal. However, a CT scan showed varicose veins in my left ovary. Can pelvic congestion syndrome cause pain on the right side even if the varicose veins are located in the left ovary?

I have been diagnosed with pevlic congestion syndrome, should I have an embolization before I get pregnant again? (2 answers)
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 those first few days. I'm scared I will be in too much pain while pregnant. Should I have an embolization before I get pregnant again?

Could VNUS Closure make PCS worse? (2 answers)
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 migraines, heart palpitations, restless leg when I sit, and pain when I lay on my left side. What should I do? Could the VNUS closure make PCS worse?

My radiologist won't treat my pelvic congestion syndrome before pregnancy, is this typical? (2 answers)
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 rides. I[m scared to get pregnant because I'm not sure I can bear the pain, but my radiologist won't treat until I'm done having kids. Is this typical?! Why would my physician rather wait than treat me now?

How will pelvic congestion syndrome affect my sex life? (2 answers)
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 with this condition? Is having a baby still an option for us? If so, how will PCS affect that?

Is embolization the only option to relieve pelvic congestion sydrome? (2 answers)
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?

Should I have another vein embolization done? (2 answers)
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?

Can varicose veins and pelvic congestion syndrome cause infertility and irregular cycles? (2 answers)


Can I have a natural child birth if I have pelvic congestion syndrome? Or, are C-sections more common? (2 answers)


I just got diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome, will this affect my ability to have children?? (2 answers)
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?

Can ELA correct my varicose veins caused by pelvic congestion syndrome? (2 answers)
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 they guarantee this will solve the problem? I don't want to waste my money.

Is there a chance I can still have babies with pelvic congestion? (2 answers)
Is there a chance I can still have babies with pelvic congestion?

Is it very common to keep getting yeast infections? (2 answers)
Does having pelvic congestion syndrome make someone more prone to getting yeast infections?

Have all three Cele's , enterocele , cystocele, rectocele (2 answers)
was 235 pounds so began exercising and over two months my pelvic area was being injured. It was a lot of tests. I have been bed ridden nearly a year. Can an injury cause PCS? I was told there is no cure. If my cele's are fixed will this fix my pcs.?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome make women infertile? (2 answers)
I am really worried, can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome make women infertile? Are their infertility options for women with PCS?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome cause hip pain and or nausea? (2 answers)
I have low and mid back pain along with nausea. Can this be attributed to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

What would be the best medicine to take, I am currently taking vicoprofen? (2 answers)
My doctor has suggested a total hysterectomy, is this the best treatment? I am very frustrated by the amount of pain that I 'm in and am willing to do anything to get out of this constant pain.

Will treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome help minimize future varicose veins in my legs? (2 answers)
Will treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome help minimize future varicose veins in my legs?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome occur in a woman's sixties long after a hysterectomy and endometriosis? (2 answers)
My symptoms are: feeling of heaviness in lower abdomen, aching pain across my bikini cut hysterectomy scar, aching in both groin areas, pain in lower left quadrant of abdomen, aching and pain level decrease with very little activity .

Can a woman have pelvic congestion syndrome after a hysterectomy? (2 answers)
I have had a ct scan that showed I had PCS several years ago and have a hysterectony 3 years ago is it possible to have PCS after the hysterectomy? I am now starting with dull aching pain in the lower abdomen and upper legs.

Is pregnancy safe after pelvic congestion syndrome is treated? (2 answers)
I had embellisation of bith rt and lt ovarian arteries due to this an i still get pregnant? After embellisation can it still come back? Will it be okay to carry full term if pregnant?

I have IBS-C with PCS what can I do to alleviate the discomfort? (2 answers)
I have severe IBS-C with PCS after having my son 9 years ago. I go to the gym almost daily. I need relief my abdomen is always swollen, what can I do to alleviate the pressure?

What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (2 answers)
How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome related to varicose veins in the legs?

Can I have a baby after the treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrom? (2 answers)
Can I have a baby after the treatment?

Can Grapeseed Extract help with the symptoms of Pelvic Congestin Syndrome? (2 answers)
I was told that the herbal supplement Grapeseed Extract can help treat the symptoms of varicose veins. Is this true and is it safe to take?

Is it dangerous being 18 and just having been diagnosed with PCS? (2 answers)
I am 18, and was just diagnosed with PCS, am I facing seious health complications?

I was recently diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion, can I get pregnant right now or after a treatment? (2 answers)
I was recently diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion, can I get pregnant right now or after a treatment?

Is pelvic congestion syndrome the same as endometriosis? (2 answers)
They sound kind of the same.

Can deep vein reflux get worse after saphenous vein ablation? (2 answers)
I have deep vein reflux (incompetent femoral, common femoral and poplitetal veins) with great saphenous vein reflux, I had saphenous vein radio frequency ablation and ambulatory phlebotomy on my right leg 3 months ago. Was it the wrong procedure?

If I had an adverse reaction to lidocaine after a dental procedure, should I be concerned about receiving it for my upcoming radiofrequency ablation? (2 answers)
When at the dentist, I was given lidocaine to numb the area. It caused a brief, irregular heart beat for less than 30 seconds. I am concerned about receiving lidocaine in my upcoming radiofrequency ablation. My doctor's answer seemed too flippant. Do I have reason to be worried?

Why does it feel like my veins are filling up with blood? (2 answers)
I had 2 radiofrequency ablations (great + small saphenous), 3 laser perforators, and 2 ambulatory phlebectomies (calf + thigh). After 2 weeks, I weirdly feel blood filling in side/back lower calf /ankle when I stand up. Is this normal? It does not hurt.

Is there a treatment for nerve damage after radiofrequency vein ablation? (2 answers)
I had this procedure done 3 weeks ago, and I'm in constant pain, with burning and numbness feelings. I have tried pain rx and anti-inflammatories. Is there any treatment for this post op complication?

Lower shin numbness and pain since having radiofrequency occlusion on Sept. 2nd. (2 answers)
I had this procedure on Sept 2 and have numbness with occasional pain in my lower shin. I do wear compression stockings. Is this normal?

On October 18, 2011 I had endoluminal ablation performed on my left calf. During the procedure a nerve was struck. (2 answers)
Several days after the procedure I noticed numbness in my heel as well as the back part of my leg where it bends (behind the knee) is very tight. It is uncomfortable to walk. Is this typical? Thank you.

Is the stab-phlebectomy operation ok to do after varicose vein surgery? (2 answers)
The varicose vein operation did not help, will the stab-phlebectomy operation will help?

Extreme aching in my calf and achilles tendon since having sclerotherapy (2 answers)
I had VNUS done in April in my groin and in my calf. My leg healed I began to have aching and pain in the injection sights (groin and calf). I also have mysterious aching in my achilles tendon as well. I had an ulstrasound and my veins were fine.

Venous Insufficiency - Thighs & Calves (2 answers)
My doctor told me that I am one of the rare (5%) of patients needing VNUS treatment in the saphenous veins in both my thighs and calves, due to the insufficiencies shown in the duplex ultrasound. Can you tell me more? Is this more serious than usual?

Should my leg still be hurting 7 months after having varicose surgery? (2 answers)
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 touch that certain area it hurts. Is this normal?

Is there anything I can do to prevent developing varicose veins during future pregnancies? (2 answers)
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 anything I can do to prevent them from coming back again in the future if I choose to have more children?

Do I have a blood clot? (2 answers)
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 it went away. Could this be a blood clot?

My leg looks worse after sclerotherapy, why is that? (2 answers)
My first sclerotherapy procedure was 2 years ago, and I have VNUS closure prior. I was happy with the results until now. After my last sclerotherapy procedure 2 months ago, one of my legs looks worse than ever. It suddenly got worse. Why is this happening? What can I do? Help!

Can veins beneath the surface hurt? Will more sclerotherapy help? (2 answers)
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 sclerotherapy help this?

I have hyperpigmentation after sclerotherapy, when will the discoloration fade away? (2 answers)
I had sclerotherapy one and a half weeks ago. I went in because there was trapped blood a few days ago. How long will it take for the red line to go away? It is still there. Can't ask my doctor because he left the practice. Don't know the replacement dr.

Is Intense Pulse Light Therapy effective in people of color? (2 answers)
I've heard that IPL works by treating dark veins contrasting against lighter skin. Is this true? Does this make the treatment less effective in people with darker skin tones?

Can I get IPL near my eyes? (2 answers)
I have freckles near my eyelashes, if I wore good goggles could I get IPL there?

What other conditions can Intense Pulse Light Therapy treat? (2 answers)
I know IPL can treat small veins and broken blood vessels. I've also heard it can be helpful for a variety of other skin conditions, like acne scars and age spots. Is this true? What can IPL treat, and what are it's limitations?

Is Intense Pulse Light Therapy safer on the face than sclerotherapy? (2 answers)
I have some small spider veins on my nose and cheeks that I'd like to have treated. Is it safer to have IPL treatments than sclerotherapy on the face?

How does Intense Pulse Light Therapy treat veins? (2 answers)
How does light affect something biological like veins? How can it treat spider veins without breaking the skin?

Can intense pulse light therapy treat light colored spider veins? (2 answers)
From what I understand, IPL works by targeting the dark veins against lighter skin. I have spider veins that are a light pink/red. Is the lack of contrast a concern?

Does Intense Pulse Light therapy work non-invasively to treat spider veins? (2 answers)
I’m extremely afraid of needles. I’ve heard that IPL and other treatments can be used non-invasively to treat spider veins. Is this true, and do these non-invasive (injection-free) treatments for spider veins actually work?

IPL laser - what keeps clot from embolizing? (2 answers)
With IPL laser it heats the small vericose vein and destroys the vein by clotting. What keeps that clot it made, from entering the blood stream and causing Embolism?

Is intense pulsed light therapy appropriate if there is a blood clot in the surface vein close to the popliteal? (2 answers)
My doctor put me on Xarelto for 3 months. I am terrified of this fast-tracked drug and the possible non-reversal in case of a severe internal bleeding incident. Is IPL appropriate if there is a blood clot in the surface vein close to the popliteal.

Does it work on tiny spider veins on legs? (2 answers)
Is intense pulse light therapy successful for capillaries on the legs? I have quite a lot on the top of my legs that are too small for schelotherapy.

Does this procedure involve penetration of the skin? (2 answers)
I am a severe needle phobic. Does any part of this procedure involve penetration of the skin?

Can I still use Veingogh or do I have to use Veinwave? (2 answers)
On 18th April 2011, RefineUSA LLC, the makers of VeinGogh, were issued with a warning letter from the FDA instructing them to cease the promotion and marketing of VeinGogh IMMEDIATELY. I was wondering if I can still use veingogh ? or do I have to use Veinwave?

Is exposure to the sun okay two weeks after laser light therapy? (2 answers)
Is sun exposure okay two weeks after laser light therapy?

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? (2 answers)


Can you please help me with the decision process? (2 answers)
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 could she safely travel to Europe? She is fragile. I worry for her.

After having ELA my foot continues to swell and I have severe nerve damage, is there anything that can be done to resolve these problems? (2 answers)
It’s been 2 years since my endovenous laser ablation. My foot continues to swell and I have severe nerve damage from my ankle to my mid-calf. The doctor I saw has been NO help. I cannot exercise or walk long distances. I'm only 29! This can't be normal. Is there anything that can be done to resolve these problems? Suggestions?

I had all of my veins treated with ELA, but they are back and a lot worse than before the treatment. Should I return to my doctor or just forget it? (2 answers)
My veins were treated with ELA, but they are back and a lot worse than before. Did my doctor do something wrong? Should I just forget about it or should I go back and have the doctor see what he did wrong?

Is it possible to reverse endovenous laser treatment? (2 answers)
I had both saphenous veins in my right leg treated with EVLT and sclerotherapy 6 months ago. The pain and discomfort has increased and are constant post-treatment. Is it possible to reverse treatment and go back to where I was which was better than now? If not, what are my options?

My doctor only treated my vein from the groin to the knee, is this OK? Should he have treated the entire vein? (2 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment on my saphenous vein. The doctor said he only treated it from the groin to knee, not to ankle. He said that should be enough to stop the blood flow. Is this OK, or should he have treated the entire vein?

Can I use compression stockings for a hemangioma located in my right leg? (2 answers)


Why do I get intense burning & pain in my feet when I fall asleep while reclining?) (2 answers)
Sometimes when I recline while watching TV in the evening, I fall asleep with my knee-high, open-toe compression stockings on. I'm awakened by intense pain on the sides of my feet within 3 hours. Why? Is this an indication of something serious?

Can ELVeS treat variocoele? (2 answers)
I have a variocoele and am looking for treatment, is endovenous treatment a good option?

Can ELVeS prevent new varicose veins? (2 answers)
I’ve heard that ELVeS can prevent new varicose veins from occurring, and from recurring once a given area has been treated. Is this true, and if not, can any treatment prevent varicose veins?

I have Factor V Leiden, calf pain and horrible varicose veins, should I be wearing compression stockings all the time? (2 answers)
I have Factor V Leiden but don't know if I have one or two gene mutations. I have pain in my calves often and horrible varicose veins. I only wear compression stockings when flying and I fly often. I'm 53 years old and not overweight. I'm devastated to learn about my condition and think it is related to the knot-type varicose veins in my feet and ankles. What should I do? Should I be wearing compression stockings all the time? Treatment?

Can ELA or RFA be used to treat hand and arm veins? if not, what can be recommended? (2 answers)


Diode or NdYag for EVLT (2 answers)
Which modality and in given modality, what frequency is superior for end result to a given patient in EVLT? Does the ownership of a particular machine influence opinion?

What is ELVeS PainLess Laser? (2 answers)
I heard that ELVeS has recently updated or added a new type of procedure. What is it, and how is it different from ELVeS?

How successful is the Endo Laser Vein System compared with other procedures? (2 answers)
For example, compared to sclerotherapy?

Why am I bruising from my compression stockings? (2 answers)
I'm on Plavix for heart Issues but my vascular doctor prescribed compression hose for the pain, varicose veins, discoloration and swelling in my legs. Since wearing them I am bruising badly when taking them off. 26 bruises. Are they too tight or what's the problem?

Must I wear two compression stockings for unilateral edema? (2 answers)
I have unilateral edema. I am also diabetic. Must I wear two compression stockings? Also, if my edema is better after wearing the hose, may I skip wearing them till the edema returns?

Do compression stockings cause bruises on the mid-foot? (2 answers)
I am a 16 years old and have been put in compression stocking after a severe midfoot fracture I recived playing hockey. I have only been in it for two days and have started to get brusing on my midfoot where I fractured it. Is that normal?

Had VNUS done and the same day I forgot and lifted a 15-20lb box. My left leg was still numb so there was no pain. How do I know if I damaged it? (2 answers)
I have had no meds for 6 hours and woke up a bit stiff but no escurciating pain. I just want to know if I damaged it somehow by lifting? Thanks!

I experienced burning pain the night after the VNUS procedure was performed on my ankle, could a blood clot be forming? (2 answers)


My doctor wants to treat my great and small saphenous veins with the VNUS closure procedure. How long between procedures and is this appropriate? (2 answers)
My doctor wants to fix the great and small saphenous veins in both of my legs using the VNUS closure procedure. How long between procedures and is this appropriate?

Are the side effects I'm experiencing after VNUS closure normal? (2 answers)
I had the VNUS closure 9 days ago, and until now the part around and below the area where I had the incision is still numb. Every once in a while I experience some sharp, tolerable pain near my ankle. Are these side effects normal?

Is it normal to get a blood clot after VNUS closure? Is my doctor giving me the right aftercare? (2 answers)
I had VNUS closure 8 weeks ago, but I'm still experiencing a lot of soreness in my calf. I'm limping and can't walk very well. I went back for my checkup, and they said I have a blood clot in my muscle. The doctor put me on Clexane injections and anti-inflammatory drugs. Is it normal to have a blood clot after VNUS closure? Is my doctor giving me the right aftercare?

How long before I can swim and travel by plane after the VNUS procedure? (2 answers)
I have swam & used hot saunas almost every day for 30 years, so much so that my body has gotten used to it. I also exercise. How long before I can safely return to my routine? Also, how long after the procedure is it safe to travel by airplane? I am a 59 yo F who is 5'5.

If I have Vnus closure performed on one leg, how long do I have to wait before I can have the other leg treated? (2 answers)


Why do I have more discomfort after my VNUS procedure? (2 answers)
About four months ago (March 22) I had the VNUS procedure, and then a few weeks after that (April 5) I had a second one. Both legs were treated. Prior to the procedure I was very physically active (running and P90 X workouts). Now I have heaviness, tightness and spasms in my legs that I never experienced before. My legs are worse than before! Why is this happening?

Is treatment possible if I have venous reflux and chronic DVT? (2 answers)
I have been diagnosed with reflux; it was confirmed by in-office Doppler/Duplex ultrasound. The findings show chronic deep vein thrombosis in my right leg, common femoral and external iliac vein. I'm having significant leg pain at night. Is treatment possible given chronic clot status? Stent?

Should I be concerned about the findings of my venous reflux exam? (2 answers)
I had a venous reflux study, which found an area of reflux, obstruction with collaterals via epigastric veins. The doctor says there is nothing to worry about, but I have pain at night. Hx of chronic dvt x 2, stent in left CIV. I thought any reflux was of concern. Should I be worried? Any insight you can provide is appreciated.

Can a L4-5, L5-S1 injury restrict the blood flow in my left leg? Is there treatment to fix this? (2 answers)
Can a L4-5, L5-S1 injury restrict the blood flow in my left leg? When I received an injection in my hip for the inflammation associated with my back, the blood flow started to backup in my lower leg. Is there treatment to fix this? There is reflux present within the left common femoral vein.

I've been diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica, could chronic DVT cause this? (2 answers)
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 been dx with meralgia paresthetica on the right side. Could chronic dvt cause this?



My deep veins are not compressible after foam sclerotherapy and phlebitis. (2 answers)
Should the inflammation settle and correct itself or could the deep veins be damaged causing post phlebitic limb? There was no sign of a clot although a lack of compressibility is worrying. My leg aches and I have night cramps.

Does a deep vein valve reflux indicate there was a clot ? (2 answers)
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 valve reflux in the femoral and superficial. Could this be from a clot?

Spider veins on face (2 answers)
I had veinwave done on spider veins on my face twice. The veins near my nostrils seems to be gone, but it's now 4 weeks after the 2nd treatment for those on my lower cheeks and they are still there and appear to be darker now. Will they go away?

Why did most of my spider vein refill in a month? (2 answers)
My spider veins were completely gone for about 2 weeks after treatment. But eventually, in about a month, the very same veins refilled. Will another session help or will it not grant permanent results as well?

Why would my doctor recommend both RF and microphlectomy? (2 answers)
I am a big built, 6'2 healthy man. My right leg has large looking veins and after having an analysis, it was recommended that I have RF, followed by microphlebectomy. Is microphlebectomy really necessary? If so, why?

Ambulatory Phlebectomy and Micro Phlebectomy (2 answers)
Are they the same procedure... Is Ambulatory being for bigger veins and micro for smaller? I am confused...

Can the Veinwave procedure treat rosacea and background flushing? (2 answers)


How long after sclerotherapy should I try Veinwave? (2 answers)
I've had three sclerotherapy treatments done this year, with the last session about one month ago. I still have noticeable areas on my legs. I was told the treatments haven't been effective because the problematic veins are too small. Would Veinwave work better? If so, how long after sclerotherapy do I have to wait before having the procedure?

Please help me to understand why would I need a phlebectomy after a EVLA? (2 answers)
My Dr discussed EVLA and Sclerotherapy. Now, my paperwork mentions EVLA, Deep Sclerotherapy, and Phlebectomy are approved by insurance. I was told that this is just a back up procedure, but I am uncomfortable with the seemly casual addition of taking out veins.

Tanning after ambulatory phlebectomy? (2 answers)
I have sutures in place after having an ambulatory Phlebectomy. I soon after suture removal can I start tanning?

Is it normal for new spider veins to form after sclerotherapy? What should I do? (2 answers)
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 spider veins are new. Is this normal? Is it possible for new spider veins to form after sclerotherapy? What should I do?

Does foam sclerotherapy shut down any veins in the legs? (2 answers)
I had foam sclerotherapy for reticulars which accidentally travelled into my great saphenous (calf and thigh) and small saphenous. Will they shut down eventually? Will this cause varicosities now that I no longer have a once healthy truncal system?

Can prominent blue veins in the foot/ankle be injected? (2 answers)
I had phlebitis which has left my short saphenous vein distended and aching around the foot, ankle, and calf. How is this problem best treated?

Can veins be injected with foam around the ankle, achilles area? (2 answers)
I have aching/bulging veins around my calf and ankle. What treatment would be best to eliminate these permanently?

Can most veins be treated successfully? (2 answers)
I have no great saphenous vein in my right leg from my ankle to groin and in my left leg vein is partially occluded. I still have many visible veins. Can they be treated so I don't have the appearance of many blue veins like pen marks on my legs?

How long after foam sclerotherapy should you wait between sessions? (2 answers)
I had foam sclerotherapy in February and developed phlebitis in my ankle and calf. The veins now look flacid and are refluxing with a dull ache. Can I have the foam re-done to eliminate these veins? the foam killed off my long great saphenous vein.

How can I remove stains created by injections? (2 answers)
I have done several procedures Foam Sclerotherapy, injections, etc. This has caused those areas to stain. Also the pain continues especially when I'm on my mentral cycle, which causes it to be even more pruple and almost black in color.

Treating underlining cause (2 answers)
How effective is foam sclerotherapy in eliminating the underlining cause? Whereas, I have read that the regular schlerotherapy does not treat the cause?

Sclerotherapy after EVLT (2 answers)
I had EVLT in Sept 2009, and since, I cannot get my doctor to treat reticular veins on the lateral sides of my calf on one leg. He tells me to exercise my calves. Why won't he do sclerotherapy on them? Is this an uncommonresponse?

Leakage of foam sclerotherapy (2 answers)
I have read on your site that it can be common for sclerotherapy to cause a clot or even possibly travel down the leg into the foot. How common is this? I have had sclerotherapy in the past, but now am apprehensive.

Is it normal for a ropey vein to appear 9 days after foam sclerotherapy? (2 answers)
I never had a varicose vein in this area.It's an area around the injections so I'm wondering if it could be a new vein, or a treated vein because of the texture.It's in the area where ankle meets foot and I noticed it because stockings aggravated

Can sclerotherapy have a rebound effect and not only cause more spider veins, but also make the treated ones more prominent? (2 answers)
I've had four rounds of sclerotherapy over the course of a year. Now they're much much worse, and there are new clusters of veins around the injection site. Is it possible sclerotherapy just doesn't work for me?

If you sweat excessively, can a stubborn wound become infected? (2 answers)
I've had a wound for 5 years despite wound vacs, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and antibiotics. I've seen 12 different doctors about this matter. My main concern is wearing an unna boot in the summer. Because the leg will be encased in the boot, it may cause a lot of moisture. If I sweat excessively, could the wound become infected.

Am I suppose to still have these bruises? (2 answers)
A month ago I ended up with two bruises on my left thigh: one on my right thigh and one that covered half of my left foot. The one on my foot still hurts to touch and if I catch my foot at the right angle, there's tiny dimples. Any explanations?

What should I do for a deep vein clot? (2 answers)
I have had a deep vein clot for six months now and my thigh pain is getting worse. I also have a clot in the superfical vein on the side of my leg. I was told they are both large. Is there anything I can do to open/remove them or get rid of the pain?

When can I resume exercising and being out in the sun after ambulatory phlebectomy and laser ablation? (2 answers)
I am scheduled for ambulatory phlebectomy and laser ablation in a week. I also have several 5K runs soon and a two-week beach vacation in June. How soon before I would be able to exercise and run again after these procedures? How long to stay out of the sun?

Is it normal for endovenous laser treatment to cause extreme pain? (2 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment yesterday. Prior to the procedure, I was given half of a small anti-anxiety pill. I was in so much pain and could feel the needles going deep into my veins. I wish they would have put me under because it hurt unbelievably. Is this normal? Should I have been sedated?

I've developed livedo reticularis 6 months after laser ablation of the great saphenous vein, could this be due to the procedure? (2 answers)


Are the symptoms I'm having 9 months after EVLT normal? (2 answers)
I had EVLT on my right leg in July 2013. The doctor noted my GSV "stump" was a little long at my postoperative ultrasound. It healed well, but now I'm having pain at the stump, or so I believe. Could I be developing a blood clot? Is my vein reopening or collapsing?

A week after EVLT an area of my leg turned red and became sore/hot to the touch, should I trust that nothing is wrong? (2 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment and a week later I noticed a red area 3 inches above the incision that was sore and hot to the touch. I called the doctor who did the procedure and he said not to worry about this, that it is too early on. Should I trust him?

Will EVLT eliminate the veins on the bottom of my legs? (2 answers)
I am 34 years old male and have bulging varicose veins on the bottom of my legs. I went to see a vein specialist and he recommended EVLT. The EVLT will be done on the upper part of my leg only, up to the knee. Will this eliminate the veins on the bottom of my legs?

Daily wearing of compression stockings after EVLT procedure (2 answers)
I have a family history of varicose veins, and recently had a EVLT. Because I do not want to go through this procedure again, would it be harmful for me to wear a lower grade compression stocking now, for the rest of my life? I am 56.

Can the upper part of my thigh be treated? (2 answers)
I have vericose veins on my lower and upper legs, can the upper part of my thigh be treated to remove these, or is this treatment only for lower parts of the leg? Would it be a different treatment for the different areas?

EVLT with combined superficial and deep vein insufficiency (2 answers)
I have been diagnosed with significant reflux in my femoral vein and greater saphenous vein following pregnancy. Would EVLT help or is it contraindicated because of the deep vein insufficiency? I have heaviness, pain, redness, and swelling (no clots)

Is it safe to have the EVLT procedure if you have severe PAD? (1 answer)
Is it safe to have the EVLT procedure if you have severe PAD, and what would the danger be?

I experience pain in my legs when I wear compression stockings, can I discontinue wearing them? Will any problems occur if I do this? (1 answer)
My left vein was ablated and my right vein was stripped. I have no varicosities, but the Doppler report says that I now have deep vein insufficiency. I'm comfortable without stockings. I have pain in my legs when I wear them. Can I discontinue stockings? Will there be any problem?

Had EVL ablation of saphenous vein 6 weeks ago. Still have pain and cramping in calf. Normal? (1 answer)
6 weeks after EVL ablation of saphenous vein I still have pain and cramping in calf and soreness near my groin. All of this comes and goes. There's no general swelling. Usually feels better if I'm moving. Do I need to worry.? I see my doctor in a couple of weeks.

Will EVLT help with leg swelling? (1 answer)
Other than some bulging and pain, my main problem regarding my veins is my feet and ankle swelling. I have been diagnosed with veinous insufficiency. Will EVLT help the swelling?

Very odd pain after excercising (1 answer)
Had evlt 2 wks ago. I started my normal workout routine 7 dys ago. Id been feeling great with Arnica Cream, then 2 days ago while exercising I got a bad pulling pain & big knot.My doc says go to primary doc? Why, when it's right on the vein? Im scared

Is EVLT worth doing? (1 answer)
I had an ultrasound and have varicose veins in 3 areas on my legs. Most are hidden, only one vein is bulging. What am I risking by NOT having EVLT done? I'm worried about EVLT's side effects, e.g., blood clots. Is it safer to leave my veins alone?

I am 43 female I have had surgical treaments however my left leg still hurts all the time what can I do? (1 answer)
I Have had stripping, ligation, injections.I am a normal weight try to be active although with exercise of any kind my leg hurts after. I don't have all the bulging of the veins but with standing my leg goes darker and my foot swells and ankle.

Is a bluging vein and severe pressure normal after my EVLT with microphlebectomy yesterday? (1 answer)
I had my procedure yesterday and felt severe pressure off and on when standing yesterday and took the bandages off today. I noticed one large vein that still seems to bulge in the back of my knee. I had 25 microphlebectomy incisions. Is this normal?

Will having this procedure affect athletic performance? (1 answer)
I am a few weeks from possibly having EVLA on my leg and am panicking as I am a competitive runner and fitness enthusiast. I have read a lot of different opinios about exercise post-treatment and am concerned about my future with running afterwards.

Microphlebectomy or EVLT with Sclerotherapy? (1 answer)
1 year ago I saw a doctor who said I needed a microphlebectomy for the varicose veins on my right calf. I never did it as I was worried about recuperation. I recently went to a new doctor who said I need evlt and Sclerotherapy. Which is better? I'm 34 and healthy

Radiowave ablation resulted in cooking blood and now have vein open with one big clot. Doctor says it may be absorbed by the body and vein will open. (1 answer)
Radiowave ablation resulted in cooking the blood in the vein to form one big clot that is holding the saphanous vein open. It is stopping the blood from going backwards, but doctor said my body may absorb the clot and the vein will be opened.

Why is leg (upper thigh) still numb after ELVT procedure? Are the compression stocking not fitting well to blame? (1 answer)
Had ELVT procedure today, doctor informed that anesthesia will go away within 1-2 hours, it is almost 6 hours later and upper leg still numb, it the compression hose causing this because it doesn't fit right? Or is it something else?

Should I treat my hormonal imbalance before my veins? (1 answer)
I am only 23. My veins started when I took the estrogen pill for my hormonal imbalance. I stopped the pill and performed EVLT on one leg. However, I still suffer from hormonal imbalance. Should I treat my hormones first before my veins? Thank you!

When do legs start to look normal after vein stripping? (1 answer)
I've had a vein stripping surgery at both legs one and a half months ago. There is like a dip or a hollow all along the leg (in the place of the vein that was removed). When will this go away? When will the scars become less visible? (They are red now.)

I have experienced some effects after vein stripping surgery, is this normal? (1 answer)
I had veins in both of my legs stripped from the groin down to the calf. The left leg is worse than the right. Three weeks after surgery, I've lost nearly 5 kg, have little to no appetite, feel nauseous when standing or walking, and still have pain in the left leg. Is this normal?

Can my leg veins be treated with a laser or is vein stripping the only way? (1 answer)
My great saphenous valve was diagnosed as insufficient, and as a result I have visible varicose veins from the knee and up. Can this issue be treated with laser or is vein stripping the only way? Thank you in advance.

How many times can you repeat vein surgery on the same leg? (1 answer)
I had a vein stripped in April of 2012. Following the procedure, I continued to have major pain. An ultrasound found that another vein has varicosed in the same area (behind my knee). I was told that it has refluxed. How many times can you have the same leg worked on?

I had the vein stripping procedure 3 weeks ago and the incision on my ankle still really hurts. (1 answer)
I had the vein stripping procedure 3 weeks ago and the incision on my ankle still really hurts. I feel like my bone was cut, is this a normal feeling?

Vein ligation after having a baby? (1 answer)
How long do you have to wait to do a vein ligation after having a baby?

Three weeks after vein stripping I still have a sharp pain from my ankle to calf, is this normal? (1 answer)
I had vein stripping in my R leg 3 weeks ago and all but my ankle to calf area feel much better. Pain is so sharp and throbbing at times; it comes out of nowhere, regardless of if I'm sitting or standing. Is this normal? When should I expect to see an improvement in my pain?

What can I do about the symptoms caused by my TED stockings? (1 answer)
I had my leg veins stripped 9 days ago. I was told to wear TED stockings 24/7 for the next 2 weeks. Am 43 170cm & 115kg and long legs, particularly hip to knee. I have a "pins and needle" feeling in my leg, along with pain, red marks and indentations around the thigh. All of this is occurring because of the stockings, is this normal?

What are stents and when are they used in the legs? (1 answer)
Stenting is a relatively new topic for me. Can you please inform me about the process? Can stents be dangerous or lead to death?

How long should stents last? (1 answer)
I've had 3 procedures, 2 stents on my left leg & I'm going in for another.. It's only been 6 mos from the last one & this time the cramping & numbness are worse in my leg & foot. Please help.

My abdominal wound is changing color and there is less serum, is this good or bad? (1 answer)
I've been packing an abdominal wound for over a month. Tonight I noticed gray patches on the packing and less serum. Is this good or bad? There is also some odor.

My femoral artery and other veins in my inner thigh are swollen and enlarged after an intense workout, should I seek treatment? (1 answer)
After a pretty intense lower abdominal workout (trying to rehab a lower back injury), I noticed that my femoral artery and other veins in my inner thigh were swollen and enlarged. There is no associated pain, though there is a faint testicular ache. Should I be seen and treated by my doctor? What could possibly be going on?

Seven weeks after EVLT I have pain and the area where vein was is now hard and tender. Could this be from exercising, or is this just normal? (1 answer)
I had EVLT on my right leg 7 weeks ago and have been feeling normal for over 2 weeks now and then suddenly I have pain again and there is a hard/tender area where the vein was. It hurts to touch. Could this be from exercising (no heavy weights), or is this just normal?

I had bilateral EVLT 3 weeks ago and now have pitting edma. Is this normal? (1 answer)
I had EVLT bilateral, with the last leg being done 3 weeks ago. I am having pitting edema and want to know if this can be a side effect of the EVLT? I have continued to wear my compression hose to try and prevent severe swelling.

What may be causing bruises appearing on my knee, thigh and ankle three weeks post-arthroscopic knee surgery? (1 answer)
I had arthroscopic knee surgery three weeks ago. Two weeks post-surgery, a large bruise appeared on my knee. Bruises have continued to appear all over my leg from top to bottom. I have no fever. Could this be phlebitis?

Will compression socks help reduce the pain and swelling in my legs? (1 answer)
I had an accident several years ago and hurt my ankle badly. To this day it is not fully cured and my legs often hurt a lot. Sometimes it also gets swollen. I am also diabetic. Can I wear compression socks to lower the pain?

Why do my thighs itch when I'm not wearing jeans? (1 answer)
When I wear my jeans, I don't feel any itchiness. But whenever I open my jeans, it starts to itch like crazy. This only happens when I'm not wearing the jeans. Why is that?

How long do Asclera results last? (1 answer)
I have spider veins on both of my ankles and feet. The veins are 1mm in diameter. I've tried other types of solutions to get rid of them but thus far I have not had the results I wanted or needed. Would Asclera work? If so, for how long?

Effectiveness of Asclera vs saline injections? (1 answer)
Does Asclera work better than saline injections? I had saline injections 6 weeks ago and there was no improvement in my spider veins. The Dr. suggested using Asclera.

Pain returned after EVLT/sclerotherapy, do you know what might be wrong? (1 answer)
I had EVLT and it resolved most of my pain. Four weeks after I had foam sclerotherapy, my pain returned. Actually, it has worsened. One month post, I wear 30-40 mmHgstockings daily, but still I hurt SO much. I see my dr in a month-any thoughts about what might be wrong?

I was wondering how long it takes for 'skin lightening' to go away post sclerotherapy? (1 answer)
I was wondering how long it takes for 'skin lightening' to go away post sclerotherapy? Thanks so much!

I had foam sclerotherapy and the foam has partially occluded my previously healthy great saphenous vein. (1 answer)
My great saphenous vein which was healthy has become occluded in small segments running down from my groin after having foam. What should I do? Will it start to reflux and cause problems in the coming months? How did this happen and is it common?

What is decreased vascularity due to sclerotherapy? (1 answer)
What is decreased vascularity due to sclerotherapy?

No compression hose after small microphlebectomy (1 answer)
I have 2 small reticular veins that are varicose. My doctor is going to do a Microphlebectomy. He said due to the size it won't even be necessary to wear compression hose after. He also stated there is no chance of DVT. Does this sound accurate?

Will self tanning cream help blend scars from ambulatory phlebectomy? (1 answer)
I had an ambulatory phlebectomy performed on on leg in May 2011, and the other leg in October 2011. I have tiny scars from the incisions. Will self-tanning cream darken these scars, or will it help blend them in to the rest of my leg?

Should my foot swell after ambulatory phlebectomy? I've worn a compression bandage for 48-52 hours and drove for first time today. (1 answer)
I had rested and walked intermittently for first 48 hours. Today is first day I've noticed swollen foot & aching leg. Wondering if too much activity, tight bandage, or complication? I also feel throbbing behind my knee where procedure took place.

Pain and bump after ambulatory phlebectomy with ligation. Any Ideas? (1 answer)
I had ambulatory phlebectomy with ligation 6 weeks ago and my leg still has shooting pains at times and I've got this painful bump on my inner thigh that won't go away. Sometimes the swelling (maybe a vein) spreads up the thigh (painful). Any ideas?

Healing time after having an ambulatory phlebectomy? (1 answer)
I had ambulatory phlebectomy performed on my leg two weeks ago. How long will it take for the incisions to heal? Right now the incisions look like little red scabs.

Bug bite looking marks around incisions after an ambulatory phlebectomy. (1 answer)
After an ambulatory phlebectomy there are red marks that look like bug bites from where the tiny incisions were made. How long does it take for these red marks to heal and not be so noticeable?

I have a red mark and the vein is still visible after Veinwave, what can I do? (1 answer)
I had Veinwave performed on my knees and inner things about 3 weeks ago. The treated area is still red and has a red mark. It looks a lot like a scar and I am afraid it will not go away. Also, the vein is still visible. What can I do? Please advise.

Is it better to have an Ambulatory Phlebectomy before or after pregnancy? (1 answer)
Is it best to wait to have an Ambulatory Phlebectomy until one is done having children or is it better to remove the weak veins in advance of the vascular burden of pregnancy?

Is there any harm becoming pregnant after an Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure? How long do you need to wait? (1 answer)
I have varicose veins and will be getting the ambulatory phlebectomy surgery. I do get varicose veins from pregnancy. Can I still become pregnant after this procedure? How long do I have to wait to do so?

Sore swelling in thigh 6 days after Ambulatory Phleboctomy (1 answer)
It has been 6 days after my procedure..each day I noticed a sore area in my inner thigh...today I felt what seems to be a large lump 3- 4 inches long, two inches wide that is solid...any ideas? Should I go to Doctor?

Reduce scarring (1 answer)
Is there a cream or something that can help minimize the appearance of the scarring left from an ambulatory phlebectomy?

Are compression stockings contraindicated with neuropathy? (1 answer)
I had a microphlebectomy below my knee and radiofrequency ablation above on the same leg on the same day. Now, I have neuropathy in that leg from mid-calf to nearly my groin. It's been one month. Are stockings contraindicated with neuropathy?

I went to the hospital for a sezier, and got iv treatment 8 days ago. Now my vein is a little swollen and hard. What's wrong? (1 answer)
I went to the hospital for a sezier and got iv treatment. Now my vein is a little swollen and a hard. It's been 8 days. What's wrong?

How soon after veinwave can I have laser procedures done? (1 answer)
I'm looking to start a session of non-ablative laser treatments. I had veinwave done two weeks ago. How long should I wait if any? Thanks..

Broken vein under the eye causing bagging (1 answer)
I have broken veins in the under-eye area, and I think it is the cause of bagging under the eye. Would it be possible to remove?

I had laser surgery one month ago at a plastic surgeon's office for treatment of spider veins and rosacea. (1 answer)
I still have red marks from the blisters, and the veins seem exactly the same. I go back to him next week. Does this sound normal? Should I have him laser again? Is Veinwave therapy an option?

I have a hard red knot in my leg 4 days after the Veinwave procedure, what should I do? (1 answer)


Unusual vein at mouth? (1 answer)
A vein showed up from the crease of my mouth and it goes to my chin. Today I noticed it goes down on my neck and makes a you turn and comes back up. Was wondering what this is and I'll be 34 next month. I'm worried about this just showing up

Can veinwave cause hyperpigmentation? (1 answer)
I have hyperpigmentation after veinwave, and I've used fadeout creams but seen no improvement. Is this common? What can be done to improve the hyperpigmentation?

Is Veinwave as safe as other spider vein treatments? (1 answer)
How does it compare to sclerotherapy in terms of efficacy and safety?

Is it normal for skin to get crusty after VeinWave treatment? (1 answer)
I had VeinWave two days ago and now my skin is crusty and flaking around the treatment area. Should I be concerned?

Does this procedure require an MD or can an aesthetician or cosmetologist be trained in this procedure? (1 answer)
Are there regional issues. Can this procedure be done by an aesthetician is some states rather than others, for instance?

Does this procedure require an MD or can an aesthetician or cosmetologist be trained in this veinwave procedure? (1 answer)
Can this procedure be done by other than an MD, such as an aesthetician or a cosmetologist in some states rather than other states?

Is VeinWave FDA approved? (1 answer)
Is it safe to use in the U.S.?

Can VeinWave treat Rosacea? (1 answer)
I have moderate Rosacea and have heard that VeinWave can help with this.

Is Veinwave a good options for fair skinned people? (1 answer)
I have tried Sclerotherapy and have been told laser will not work because of possible darkening of skin. Is the veinwave a good alternative?

Can Veinwave treat spider veins in the penis? (1 answer)
I have some spider "purple" little veins in the penis can those veins be treated with veinwave or other treatments?

Can Veinwave treat veins of all sizes? (1 answer)
Is there a limit to the size of vein that Veinwave can treat?

Will Veinwave treat varicose veins? (1 answer)
Is this possible?

Is Veinwave safe for under eye procedures? (1 answer)
I have a small blue vein under my eye. It is becoming more noticeable. Can the Veinwave be used safely to remove this vein?

Do the scars from Veinwave eventually fade? (1 answer)
I had veinwave treatment for spider veins on my face 2 months ago but my face is worse after the treatment. It looks scarred. Will this go away?

Why are pregnant women not good candidates for the Veinwave procedure? (1 answer)
Why are pregnant women not good candidates for the Veinwave procedure?

I was expecting quick results, but have red dots on my cheeks (1 answer)
I got the vein wave done 4 days ago. I was under the impression that I would see instant results. Instead, I have red dots on my cheeks, which does not look good causing me to have to wear makeup to cover it. Even when I got a facial it left redness and took a while to go away. Will this dissipate as well?My skin is Irish and very fair. I was hopeing for quick and nice results.

How long for mosquito like marks to go away? (1 answer)
I have mosquito like marks where, I guess, the machine did the capillary-veins. When will these go away so I don't have to put make-up on? It has been 5 days..

Expecting quicker results, when will the redness go away? (1 answer)
I still have redness after 5 days of having veinwave. When will I see the redness go away? It looks better but I was expecting better results faster.

I have developed livedo reticularis after having foam sclerotherapy. Is this a normal reaction? (1 answer)
Should livedo reticularis be indicative of a a condition called Lupus or is it common after sclerotherapy as the blood is re-routing?

I have developed phlebitis in my great saphenous vein in my calf after foam slcerotherapy. This vein was healthy before and had competent valves. (1 answer)
I have developed phlebitis in my great saphenous vein in my calf after foam slcerotherapy. This vein was healthy before and had competent valves.

My leg and ankle ache continually and I have large flaccid ugly damaged veins in this area. Can I have these veins treated/corrected once the phlebitis settles. How long before I can have safe treatment to eradicate these aching bulbous veins?

Is aspirin a valid treatment for Lipodermatosclerosis? (1 answer)
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 minutes each time. Should I be concerned about this?

How safe is the VNUS closure procedure? (1 answer)
I just turned 23 years old & I have venous reflux in both of my legs, which has been causing me great discomfort. I have to have the VNUS closure procedure performed within the next month or so. How safe/effective is the treatment? Complications? Pain during procedure?

Is it normal to have redness & hardness around my calf after VNUS closure? (1 answer)
I had the VNUS closure procedure 4 mo. ago on a small vein in my ankle. I had a cut that was not healing. The procedure was to shut down a faulty valve. The VNUS puncture site on my calf has not healed. It is red and hard around the site. Is this normal?

Are bubbling and bleeding normal after VNUS closure? (1 answer)
I just had VNUS a week ago. I had redness and warmth in my calf, so I went to my doctor. I was told that I have inflammation and should rest and take antibiotics and steroid cream. A couple of days later, though, my calf began to bubble and bleeding. Is this normal?

Does Veinwave cause more tiny veins in the same area? (1 answer)
Does Veinwave cause more tiny veins in the same area? There's a group of them that I think popped up because the others were closed. The nurse told me it could take up to 6-8 weeks...I'm worried.

ELVeS to treat blue facial veins? (1 answer)
Hi, can you use the ELVeS laser system to treat blue facial veins around orbital area?

Can the large vein that runs down my foreheard be treated? (1 answer)


Purple veins on my wrist, should I be concerned? (1 answer)
I occasionally have pain in my hands. I noticed one vein in particular is dark purple and appears to be purple to other people. But one vein next to it looks fine. I'm kinda worried but nor sure I should be. Do I have anything to worry about?

I have Factor V Leiden and have had multiple DVTs over the past year, which grade of compression stocking is best? Should I wear them all the time? (1 answer)
I developed several DVT's from a 2 wk hospital stay 1.5 yrs ago. I wear 15-20mmHg knee-high compression stockings. Additionally, I take Warfarin & was diagnosed w/Factor V Leiden. My legs swell w/o compress. Should I wear compression all the time? Is the compression I'm currently using appropriate? Will my legs ever improve enough to discontinue the stockings?

How can I get my leg to stop swelling? (1 answer)
I have chronic DVT in my left leg. I had my 4th clot just recently. I also have an IVC filter in and I cannot get my leg to go down; it's still swelling and I wear compression socks all day but not for bed. I just don't know what else to do. Can you help me?

Are my compression socks too tight? (1 answer)
I purchased my compression stockings from a sports store. I have spider veins and am on my feet many hours at my place of work. I get red marks and indentations at the top of my knee-highs after wearing them for 8 to 10 hours. Are my compression socks too tight?

What degree of compression do I need? (1 answer)
I had total knee replacement surgery one week ago today. I would like to purchase a second pair of compression stockings. What degree of compression do I need? I am a female, 69 years old.

Why is my ankle getting smaller but the swelling in my foot getting worse with the compression sock? (1 answer)
I was dx with phlebitis. The phlebitis is gone but the swelling did not go away. An u/s was negative for clot. I was fitted for 30-40 knee-high compression socks. The sock is pushing and causing swelling in my foot. My ankle was swollen but is back to normal; my foot is worse. Why is this happening? What should I do?

Can you suggest a brand of compression stocking that is comfortable to wear and easy to put on? (1 answer)
The compression stocking suggested for me is very, very tight. It's also very difficult to put on. Do you know of a compression stocking I wear comfortably and that is easy to put on?

Which type of compression stockings work best when exercising? (1 answer)
I'm 2 weeks post-ablation/microphlebectomy. I want to start back up at the gym, but am unsure of what type of compression to use while working out. Socks/sleeves/pants? Medical grade? Brands? Thanks!

I've experienced severe itching after removing my compression socks, am I caring for the problem appropriately? (1 answer)
I had severe itching after removing my compression socks. The scratching would cause a reaction in the form of inflamed, burning bumps. I now wear knee-high hose under my socks and treat myself with Benadryl tablets and Cortison cream. Am I doing the right thing?

Why am I having pain one year after endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy? (1 answer)
I had endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy 1 year ago due to a collapsed vein in my calf. I started having pain that concentrates in the calf but shoots up along my leg into the groin area with no redness or bumps. What could be causing this?

Is endovenous laser ablation right for me? (1 answer)
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 the problem where the location of veins?

Pain has been gradually setting in following EVLT, is this normal? (1 answer)
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 a little pink and warm.. Recovery seems to be going backwards. Is this normal? If not, what should I do?

Is pain four months after endovenous laser ablation normal? (1 answer)
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! What could be causing this? Can this be normal?

varicose vein (1 answer)
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?

Is it normal for a vein not to respond to the ELA treatment? (1 answer)
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 wasn't cooperating. Can this happen?

Do the marks made by Laser Light Therapy disappear? (1 answer)
I had my spider viens lasered, and yet I still have noticable brown marks on several areas still after 8 weeks. Please tell me that this is not permanent! These were the specific veins that prompted me to consider treatment in first place.

Are there any possible side effects with laser light therapy? (1 answer)
Are there any possible side effects with laser light therapy?

Internal hemoroids, and am in need of blood tranfusion every 4-6 months. (1 answer)
I'm scared of surgery, and have been to 2 doctors which one recommended surgical removal and the other one banding. Is there any medication that can help?

what will be the cost of laser therapy application on face for hyperpigmentation and will it have any kind of side effects? (1 answer)
what will be the cost of laser therapy application on face for hyperpigmentation and will it have any kind of side effects?

What is the cost, and how many treatments are needed? (1 answer)
I had schlerotherapy done and my veins have returned a year later so I am looking for new options. Also is light therapy permenant or will it eventually reappear as well?

Thanks Melissa

How is Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL) different from photodynamic therapy? (1 answer)
They both use light to treat skin problems. Does IPL work better on veins? Why?

Is subcutaneous edema in the lower leg post-GSV endovenous laser ablation and phlebectomy possible? (1 answer)
Two years ago I had my GSV ablated, followed by phlebectomy of smaller veins. About 6 months ago I noticed swelling on the lowest part of my anterior leg. Recent MRI reports it as an area of subcutaneous edema. Has this a been a reported complication of ELA or phlebectomy? Thanks.

Does IPL for men remove facial hair? (1 answer)
If a man is being treated with IPL for rosacea will it also remove his facial hair? He is clean shaven but does not want his beard gone.

Is the Intense Pulse Light Therapy for veins the same as for skin? (1 answer)
Are the IPL machines used for age spots, skin unevennes, etc, the same as those used for spider veins? Is the treatment the same if a cosmetic dermatologist is doing it rather than having the treatment in a vein specialist's office?

Can Intense Pulse Light therapy be used on the nose? (1 answer)
I have small broken capillaries on my nose. Can IPL be used there or is there a risk of eye damage?

Upper body weight lifting aggravates my legs more than lower body lifting, will sclerotherapy help? (1 answer)
I'm big into weight lifting and find right now (pre-procedure) that upper body weight lifting aggravates my legs most, more than lower body lifting. Why is this? If I get sclerotherapy, will I be able to weight lift without problems?

Why would legs still tingle/burn 10 days after spider vein treatment? (1 answer)
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. No obvious signs of clots or redness. I did not have any symptoms prior to treatment. Why is this happening?

My treated veins are purple (no skin bruising), will they eventually fade or do they need to be treated a second time? (1 answer)
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 these veins fade and eventually disappear or do they need a second treatment?

I wasn't able to get compression hose until 24 hours after my treatment, is it a waste to start wearing compression hose now? (1 answer)


How long after sclerotherapy is it safe to become pregnant? Will the solution affect my future fetus? (1 answer)
I had an EVLT and phlebectomy 1 year ago, but now there is a branch vein that my doctor wants to take care of with sclerotherapy injections. How long after the procedure is it safe to become pregnant? Will the solution have any impact on the future fetus?

Can you fly safely with a superficial vein? (1 answer)
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? (1 answer)
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 where the vein was removed. I cannot even take a single step without having discomfort. Is this normal? When will I be able to walk without pain?

How soon after radiofrequency occlusion should I see results? (1 answer)
When should I start seeing the results after the Radiofrequency Occlusion procedure is performed? When should I start to see my lower legs clearing of the dark marks?

Is RFA recommended for AVM? (1 answer)
My 15 year old has an AVM that the doctors want to do an RFA on. Will this burn the nerves and seal it? Is this a common procedure for this condition? It is deep in his thigh and they said they would have to dig if they do this surgically.

I had radiofrequency and laser ablations on my left leg. Now, after the last procedure my left arm feels heavy and tired. Why could this be? (1 answer)


Is it normal to feel pain after being treated by radio frequency 10 days ago? (1 answer)
I was treated by radio frequency to burn a tumor in my right foot from 10 days ago and now I feel pain like burning in my heel. Is that normal and when should this pain subside? Note that from the date of treatment I am still on bed rest and haven't put my leg on the floor.

I had a vein procedure and its been a year of pain, is it possible I have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (1 answer)
I had PCO cauterization performed in July. Still have dull dragging pain and feel exhausted stomach bloats, bowel problems,bleeding and pain for 3/4 of each month also can see pulse on stomach when swollen. Surgeon mentioned veins were varicose?

When you have Pelvic Congestion Sydrome can you still have babies? (1 answer)
I have this syndrome and I am 19 years old. But now I'm afraid that I cannot have baby in the future.

Is pelvic congestion syndrome related to hemorrhoids? (1 answer)
I have had hemorrhoids for a number of years, and now am beginning to feel more pelvic pain than before. What is pelvic congestion syndrome and can hemorrhoids cause it?

How can you tell if you have Pelvic Congestion or Torn Labrum? (1 answer)
I have had one MRI showing a torn labrum, another showing no tear. The later showed a prominence of the deep pelvic veins. I have no abdominal pain or lower back pain. I have groin pain pronounced when dressing or lifting affected leg. Thoughts?

Is pelvic congestion syndrome possible in younger women? (1 answer)
I am in my early 20s and I have pelvic pain. What are the symptoms of PCS and is it common in someone so young?

Is is it safe to get pregnant after an ovarian embolization? (1 answer)
I have left ovarian vein reflux and right sided vulvular varices. It was suggested that I have an ovarian vein embolization. Is it safe to get pregnant aftwards or will my condition worsen. Or should I wait to have the procedure until after my pregnancy?

What are the effects of PCS on a baby during pregnancy? (1 answer)
I am pregnant with my 3rd child and the pain is very severe when laying on my left side. The doctors say laying your left side is best for baby. Is this loss of blood flow hurting the baby?

After pregnancy do most women keep varicose veins in the pelvis? (1 answer)
Do most women with varicose veins in the pelvis, PCS, keep them after pregnancy?

Prevent or lessen pain for PCS? (1 answer)
Good day! Is there any methods to lessen or prevent pain caused by PCS? Thank you.

Can the veins get bigger with Pelvic Ultrasound (1 answer)
My veins are 11mm. This was diagnosed from a pelvic u/s . Can the veins get bigger?

Can May-Thurner Syndrome cause migraines? (1 answer)
Can May-Thurner Syndrome cause migraines?

Can I try pilates and/or yoga if I have PCS? (1 answer)
I'm in constant pain (mostly on my left side), and I also have an ovarian tumor that will be removed in a month by a gynecologist. Will yoga or Pilates help?

Can PCS cause abdominal bloating and/or palpatations? (1 answer)
Can PCS have symptoms like abdominal bloating or palpitations?

Diagnosed with PCS 30 years ago. Is it possible to shave symptoms at my age? (1 answer)
I am 60 and was diagnosed with pcs when I was about 30. I still have symptoms, is that possible at my age?

Pelvic pain 11 months after giving birth. (1 answer)
I had my baby 11 months ago and I'm still in pain. I think it's pelvic congestion syndrome. I want to get better but I don't know what to do. What are some steps I can take to improve?

What treatments are available for pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
I was wondering what treatments were available for PCS. Pros? Cons?

Does pain need to be constant for pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
Is it consistant with this diagnosis that vaginal pain varies and that concurrent lumps and wrinkles which are painful, can be decreased by finger pressure? Thank you so much for your attention and answer to my aquestion.

Can PCS cause lower back and pelvic pain after urinating and bowel movement? (1 answer)
I do not have a bladder infection but I have the same pain in the back that is in the pelvic region. I have not been formally diagnosed with PCS, but my symptoms suggest it. Should I have my regular doctor schedule an unltrasound to confirm it?

I am having surgery on Thursday oct 13, 2011 will I still be able to have kids after? (1 answer)
I am trying to get pregnant but I have to have this surgery cause I am always in so much pain and I am tired of being on drugs. The doctor that is doing my surgery can't tell me if I will or won't be able to have kids after. Does anyone have any info?

Is back pain a common symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
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. I have a lot of pain in the left side of my back, but none in my pelvic. Is back pain a symptom of PCS?

What are the risks associated with pelvic congestion syndrome? Are there things I should avoid? Am I at risk for blood clot? (1 answer)
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 blood clot?

I am 22 with no pregnancies and lots of pain, will my fertility be affected if I do another embolization? (1 answer)
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 need to find a way to decrease the pain. Would a second embolization decrease my chances of bearing a child?

I had vein embolization for PCS but still have back pain, why? (1 answer)
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 worse when my menstrual cycle occurs. Why is this happening? Is the back pain related to my PCS?

Would a purple cervix suggest pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
If a young woman's cervix was purple and she was not pregnant, would that suggest pelvic congestion syndrome?

Can I take weight loss supplements if I have just been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)


I'm having surgery for pelvic congestion synodrome, how long after can I begin to have sexual intercourse? (1 answer)


Can an ovarian vein embolization cause a woman's period to be irregular? (1 answer)
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 symptoms, such as cramping, acne, and hormonal changes. Could the embolization be the reason why my period stopped? Is this normal?

What are the dangers of pelvic congestion syndrome, particularly after a hysterectomy? (1 answer)
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 associated w PCS? Would it be best to seek any additional treatment, or is the hysterectomy all that really can be done? Thank you.

Does pelvic congestion syndrome affect pregnancy? (1 answer)
I'm 6 weeks pregnant now and suspect that I have pelvic congestion syndrome. Could this condition affect my baby in any way?

Could I possibly have pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
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 negative. Could I have pelvic congestion syndrome? If not, what else could be causing this problem?

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? (1 answer)
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 menopause? Will having a hysterectomy relieve my pain? Are there certain foods I should avoid?

Can you feel pelvic varices? (1 answer)


Can cervical ablation treat pelvic congestion syndrom? (1 answer)
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 out. Would a cervical ablation work in this situation?

Do I have pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
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 to the bathroom. The pain was intensely painful during childbirth. Four years after giving birth, I still have tons of pressure inside my canal and cervix, also during the first 3 days of my period.

child with PCS (1 answer)
my daughter is 9 years old and diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. How is this treated in such a young girl?

Varicose veins in the buttocks (1 answer)
I am 60 years of age and have had prominent veins in the buttocks for some years but they are just beginning to trouble me. I've had a pelvic ultrasound scan which showed that I also have prominent veins in the uterus and small fibroids.

Is bloating common with PCS? (1 answer)
I get a lot bloating, pressure in abdomen, sometimes GI upset, and a lot of pain with my period. Is bloating common?

Varicosities on the uterus (1 answer)
I had a ceasarian section to deliver my second baby last 0ct 2006; my doctor said they found varicosities on my uterus..is it dangerous for me to get pregnant and have another cs delivery at this time? We wish to have one more baby. I'm already 43 yrs.

does this condition progessively get worse? and is there a relation to an enlarged urterus with this diagnosis? (1 answer)
I recently had a ct scan that reveled that I may have pelvic congestion syndrome. The doctor is vague about how this should be treated.

I still have pain after I had a historcotmy? What can still be the problem? (1 answer)
After sex it hurts, but if I don't have sex I'm ok, and when I ovulate it hurts. I don't have a uterus or cervix, can you help me understand why I'm still having this problem, and is there a cure?

Are there risks for a 22 year old female with 1 child to get pregnant while having pelviccongestion syndrome? (1 answer)


Can Pevlic Congestion Syndrome effect my blood pressure? (1 answer)
I was diagnosed years ago. I have very large viens. Can it effect my heart and blood pressure?

What happens if I don't treat Pelvic Congestion syndrome and just live with the problem? (1 answer)
Just diagnosed with the syndrome, I'm 40 years old and really don't want to take medications, radiation or surgery.

Is it better to have an embolization before or after pregnancy? (1 answer)
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 do it after pregnancy. Is this correct?

How likely is it for a blood clot to form if you have pelvic congestion syndrome? (1 answer)
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).

I have all the symptoms of PCS, can I become pregnant if I have an embolization? (1 answer)
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 pelvic congestion syndrome. After an embolization, can I become pregnant if I haven't already?

Will pelvic congestion syndrome go away when I begin menopause? (1 answer)


What would be the best treatment for pelvic congestion, considering that I've had a complete hysterectomy? (1 answer)
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 removed. Which treatment should I get for pelvic congestion disorder? I need to get it treated some days I can't function.

What are the typical symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? (1 answer)
I have pelvic congestion syndrome. Is discharge one of the symptoms? What are the typical symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome apart from pain?

Is hysterectomy after vein embolization with coils possible? (1 answer)
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 laproscopically due to the metal. Is this true?

PCS without varicose veins? (0 answers)
I went through many years of no diagnosis, and finally after a laperoscopy I was diagnosed with pcs but with no varicose veins. Is that right? And what can be done about it?

Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome effect Pregnancy? (0 answers)
Can Pelvic Congestion Syndrome effect Pregnancy?

Pelvic pain prior to menstrual cycle. (0 answers)
After 2 difficult deliveries, I had tubes cut at 35 years old, since then prior to each menstrual cycle, the pain in the pelvic area is unbearable. Is PCS a condition that should be addressed? And treated?

Limited range of motion (0 answers)
I had an MRI for right hip pain. They said they found evidence of PCS. I don't have any other symptoms, and have never been pregnant. Would PCS limit range of motion in my hip and be helped by the cortisone shot I was given?

Can PCS cause severe pain in hip/lower back/thighs? (0 answers)
I have been experiencing pain starting in lower R abd, then R hip, and now lower back/both hips. Recent "possible" DX of PCS. Can PCS cause such pain in these places? The pain started about 1 yr ago. Now the pain is effecting my daily life. Thank you.

Exercise after being diagnosed with PCS (0 answers)
I have just been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome. I am thin, and exercise on a regular basis, but is there any particular exercises that will help relieve the pain such as walking or sit-ups?Thank you, Ann

Could diet effect PCS (0 answers)
I was just diagnosed with PCS throught Cat scan, could diet help the pain

What effects could venous coil embolization have on future pregnancies? (0 answers)
I have read that some people have more pain after the procedure when they are pregnant. I have also read about and increased risk of extra uterine pregnancy and slight risk of early onset of menopause.

What is the best treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome? (0 answers)
During a work-up for my leg, varicose veins were found in my pelvic region. I was found to have pelvic congestion syndrome. I have significant regurgitation in my legs and pelvic pain. Is surgery still recommended? What is the treatment of choice?

I went for a long bike ride and am now in a lot of pain, can certain types of exercise aggravate PCS? (0 answers)


Can pelvic congestion syndrome cause lower back pain or hip pain? (0 answers)


My legs swell and the varicose veins in my legs hurt very badly around my mentsrual cycle. Could this be pelvic congestion syndrome? (0 answers)


Feeling an electrical pulse in my groin. (0 answers)
For a few months I've had stabbing pelvic pain when I stand and climb stairs. My periods are so heavy, gained weight, have stomach cramps, bloating, back ache and can feel an electric pulse in my groin like I can feel my blood in my veins. Is this PCS?

Bursting veins questions (0 answers)
Could the blood in the veins build up and burst? If so, what would happen? Is this a life time syndrome? And could it became serious enough to warrent surgery?

How to differentiate between pelvic congestion, vulvodynia, and pelvic floor problems? (0 answers)
I have CFS and FM and have had pelvic pain for years. Now it is traveling to my feet. I have been told I have pelvic floor and vlvodynia but I am wondering if it is really a pelvic congestion problem. How do I get the correct dx? What is Tx?

Do I have pelvic congestion syndrome? I changed doctors and no diagnose yet. (0 answers)
I've been experiencing this horrible pain for 9 years. Lately it became paralyzing. I have pain attacks that lasts for 20minutes each that can get up to 10 attacks per day 10 days each month before my period. I have fibroid but no endo. Primolut worsened it.

My doctor said at my 6-week ultrasound that I have varicose veins along my scar from the C-section. I need another C-section. (0 answers)
The ultrasound was transvaginal. I had a placenta previa with my last pregnancy and had a C-section at 36 weeks. I recently switched doctors, and I'm now 28 weeks. I had a regular abdominal ultrasound, and the tech said they didn't see veins. Should I be worried?

What is available to alleviate the pain from PCS besides pain medication? (0 answers)
i was diagnosed in 2003 with pelvic congestion syndrome and I was wondering if there was anything Ii can do to get red of the pain besides using pain medication. I got the ovarian vein embolizaion in 2003 but the pain came back about three years after the procedure

I have been diagnosed with PCOS and PCS. (0 answers)
My doctor recommended a hysterectomy to help me with my pain. Should I get it done?

It has taken ten years for me to get a diagnosis and after speaking with my OB/GYN he has suggested a hysterectomy. I'm scared. Will it help with my pain?

Is there a chance I can still have babies? (0 answers)
Is there a chance I can still have babies with pelvic congestion syndrome?

PCS and a mom living FAR away from daughter (0 answers)
My daughter had embolization today for PCS, it didn't go as well as hoped. They found that she has to have a stent in her left renal vein. Dr said that normally the veins are at 3or4 and hers were at 21. Please help me understand what this means.

Is slight bleeding/discharge common in post menopausal with pcs? (0 answers)
Is slight bleeding/discharge common in post menopausal with pelvic congestion syndrome (pcs)?

Pelvic Pain after Laproscopic Hysterectomy (0 answers)
Can the symptoms of PCS be menstrual like cramps? I recently had a laproscopic hysterectomy and was having some cramping prior and now 6 weeks later I get menstural like cramping after urination? Cystoscopy normal and I'm on Vesicare for bladder spasms.

I'm 24 and I've been put in menopause and I'm bleeding very heavily (0 answers)
I'm having sever cramps and horrible back pain and migraines what do I need to do? I don't have insurance and can't afford to go see my specialist right now, should I go to the ER or just wait it out. I'm on medicine for the pain and also on antibiotics.

Is there concern for clotting with pelvic congestion syndrome? (0 answers)
Is there concern for blood clotting in this situation? I see no mention of clotting problems or concerns, and if so, the information is brief.

Can laser light therapy be used to remove a dark spot on my face? Or, is there another procedure you think is more effective? (0 answers)
I have a dime-sized birthmark on my left cheek (brown in color) and have been using tri-luma to lighten it up, but I am still not getting the results I want. is laser light therapy effective at lightening the area up more? Or, do you have any procedures that will accomplish this?

Can spider veins return after laser removal? (0 answers)


Why is Medicare making me wait several months for varicose vein treatment when my leg is in pain now and has been for some time? (0 answers)
I have Medicare. For years I've been suffering from leg pain, burning, heaviness, etc., but was only recently diagnosed with varicose veins. The pain is debilitating at night. Why do I have to wait many months before I can have treatment? The pain is bad now and there is a history of this dating back several years.

Is it possible to have pain years after vein stripping? (0 answers)


3 wks after sclerotherapy, I have begun to notice white blotches around the injection sites. There is no pain or inflammation. Is all this normal? (0 answers)


I'm a 38-year-old smoker who has thrombophelbitis and a mirena IUD. Am I at greater risk for DVT after sclerotherapy or varicose vein surgery? (0 answers)
I have thrombophelbitis in my left thigh at the moment. It is very painful; I've had unsightly veins in this area for years. I'm just within my BMI, but apprehensive of surgery due to smoking 15 -20 cigarettes per day. Also, I have had the mirena IUD for four years. Does this put me at greater risk for DVT? Can I fly safely?

My legs burn, ache and are swollen after sclerotherapy, why is this? (0 answers)
I had 3 mini-sclerotherapy treatments 4 weeks apart. Since my last session 8 weeks ago, my legs have been burning and aching. They've also become swollen. Just as bad, the spider veins didn't even disappear. They have multiplied and are bigger, more purple more visible. It feels like pins and needles all over my legs, not just he injection spots. I had no pain in my legs before. Duplex scan is normal. Doctor used VeinLite. Why is this happening?

Should I remove the support pantyhose if my legs are swollen after sclerotherapy? (0 answers)


What is the best treatment for under eye veins? (0 answers)
Are there any new treatments for under eye veins that leave minimal bruising?

I have Buerger's disease, can I have laser light therapy? (0 answers)
I have Buerger's disease and was turned down for the sclerotherapy, is laser therapy an option for me? If not, do you recommend anything else?

Is it normal to have a lot of discomfort and pain 7 days after EVLT? (0 answers)
I had EVLT 7 days ago. My job requires me to be standing up all day long; I just have 40 min to rest. The inside of my leg hurts and sometimes feels warm. It is annoying me. My doc prescribed Vicodin but the pain is still there. Is this normal?

I had saphenous laser ablation 4 years ago and my foot is swollen, is this normal? What can I do to prevent this from happening? (0 answers)
I am 37 y.o. and had saphenous laser ablation 4 years ago. All of a sudden, my foot gets swollen to the point that I can hardly put on a shoe. Is this a normal consequence of the ablation? What can I do to prevent this from happening? Thank you.

Why do my feet feel tingly after endovenous laser ablation? (0 answers)
After having endovenous laser ablation performed on both legs, the skin on the arches of my feet feel tingly. Why is this happening? What can I do about it?

Is it normal to develop a superficial blood clot after endovenous laser ablation? (0 answers)
My saphenous vein was treated with endovenous laser ablation at the knee, is it normal to get a superficial clot? How long do they take to reabsorb? Can anything besides blood thinners speed the healing process? Are compression stockings useful?

Are there any studies that suggest that artificial valves are safe and effective? (0 answers)
Is it possible to repair valves? If so, is the procedure safe and effective? A new artificial valve was approved for treatment in Germany about a year ago. Are there any studies about it?

I've tried a number of venous procedures but I still have severe swelling of my ankle and foot, why might I still be having complications? (0 answers)
After 3 years, I still have severe swelling of my ankle and foot. I had endovenous laser ablation, vein stripping, and foam sclerotherapy. Ultrasound shows no more vein involvement and I have been tested for lymphedema. Do you know why I might be having complications? Any treatment suggestions?

Why am I still in pain after endovenous laser ablation? (0 answers)
I am a 16-year-old who had both GSV veins lasered this year because the veins had no valves in them. This procedure was to help with my pain, but it hasn't. I have severe cramping and pain in both legs from thighs to feet.

Is it safe to increase the grade of my compression stockings to 70 mmHg? (0 answers)
I'm a medical student with severe chronic venous reflux due to a proximal DVT secondary to a hypoplastic IVC. I wear compression 40-50mmHg, but it's still insufficient as my legs swell and tire easily. Can I increase the grade to 70mmHg? My BP is 120/80.

Can tight knee pad straps cause DVT and varicose veins? (0 answers)
I have knee pads I use for kneeling on concrete, etc. The velcro bands are very tight around my leg. Could this cause deep vein thrombosis and varicose veins in my lower leg?

Why do my legs feel like cold water is rushing through them? (0 answers)
I was prescribed thigh-high 20-30 mmHg compression stockings that were fitted by a professional. Minutes after putting them on, my legs felt as if cold water was rushing through them, mostly from the knee down. Is this normal? If not, what could be going on?

How do you know the right compression to wear? (0 answers)
I have a blood clot with a "basket" that has been inserted to catch it. I was told by a PA that I should be wearing a compression stocking to the knee. How do you know the right compression to purchase?

What could be causing the pain in the back of my knee? (0 answers)
I have poor circulation and wear compression hose. Also, I notice pain on the outside of my leg when I am laying down. I had a stroke 10 years ago. What could be causing the pain in the back of my knee? I recently had a sonagram at my vein doctor's office and nothing was found.

My compression stockings are too tight, what should I do? (0 answers)
Due to itchy red spots on my left shin, the clinician measured me up for pressure stockings, which give me red marks above the knees and feel too tight as if the bloodflow is cut off. The spots have stopped itching, but they are still there. I am 65 and living in the UK. What should I do?

How can my husband keep his compression socks from creasing at the ankle? (0 answers)
I just purchased some knee-high compression stockings for my husband. They fit very well but begin to crease at the ankle within a few hours of movement. They also give him pain at the ankle. How can this be avoided?

Can my husband cut the bottoms of his compression stockings without them losing their effectiveness? (0 answers)
My husband's compression stockings fit well but become uncomfortable at the ankle with hours of wear. Is it possible to cut the stockings off at the lower ankle area? Would that have an impact on the effectiveness of the stockings?

Can compression calf sleeves worn all day and taken off while resting before bed, give me leg cramps? (0 answers)
I have varicose veins and am 53 years old. I only had Charlie horses as a teen, during sports in school. Today I am an active person. I've been experiencing leg cramps after wearing compression calf sleeves during the day and taking them off while resting before bed. Could my compression socks be the source behind my leg cramps? If so, what can I do to prevent the cramps from occurring?

I have excruciating foot pain in the mornings. Would VNUS closure relieve the discomfort? (0 answers)
Upon awakening in the morning I have excruciating foot pain. Will the VNUS closure procedure relieve this condition?

What is recommended next step if the VNUS catheter wasn't able to reach the proximal portion of my saphenous vein? (0 answers)
I had both saphenous veins treated, but on one side the Dr. could not guide the catheter halfway between the knee and femoral vein junction. After several attempts, he just ablated the distal portion. There is now a new varicose vein above. What should be the next step?

How long will my symptoms last? My doctor thinks I have phlebitis. (0 answers)
I have had warmth, tenderness and mild swelling in my medial knee since my VNUS procedure 6 wks ago. About a week ago, my knee; flared up after increasing the amount of walking. I followed up with my MD and there was no sign of DVT on the ultrasound, but that it's likely phlebitis. How long can this last?

Can you take a Plan B pill while having a venefit treatment? I am in the middle of my 4th treatment. (0 answers)


How can a person tell if they have deep vein thrombosis? What are the signs? (0 answers)


When will the red marks subside? It's hard to see the results (0 answers)
All the redness gone from my veinwave treatment, but I still have red marks where the viens were taken off. When will these subside? It's hard to see the results and what it actually did.

Tiny veins still visible after redness has cleared (0 answers)
I still see the tiny veins and the redness gone. What's the point of the treatment if one treatment did nothing?

When will the veins around my cheeks fade away? (0 answers)
The veins around my nose are gone, but my checks seems to still show the veins and I didn't notice them before. When will they not show? I had Veinwave 8 days ago.

Pits on my nose and veins still visible around the treated area (0 answers)
After 12 days of veinwave to my checks and nose I have 2 dots like pits on my nose. The veins on my face look more visible around the treated area..

On the viedo looks like all is gone after the treatment. What is going on?

I have a hard red knot after veinwave treatment. (0 answers)
I had veinwave 4 days ago and in one area that was treated, I have a very sore knot. The skin is red and very sore. What should I do?

Are there multiple types of venous reflux exams? (0 answers)
I've heard that there are two different kinds of venous reflux exams. Is this true and which is better?

Will the protruding bumps where the needle was inserted settle down? (0 answers)
I had Veinwave treatment a week ago for the blue vein under my eyes. It has been a week and the microcrusting has healed, but there are small bumps where the vein was and the needle was inserted. Will these small bumps go away?

How long will I need to wear a support stocking after my Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure? (0 answers)
Longer than 2 weeks?

Does Ambulatory Phlebectomy have to be performed in a hospital? (0 answers)
It is surgery, as far as I can tell, so wouldn’t it need to be performed in an operating room?

Will the spider veins left fade after a Phlebectomy? (0 answers)
I had a phlebectomy two weeks ago and I am still feeling tender spots especialy around the incision sites. The spider veins were behind my knee. I am looking at the results and seems like I still have a lot of spider veins and they are still dark.

Is it common to be refered for a phlebectomy prior to a total knee replacement? (0 answers)
I was surprised when my orthopedic surgeon recommended the removal of a varicose vein (back of leg) before doing a total knee replacement. He was concerned about it rupturing with the tourniquet. My vascular surgeon seemed surprised. Is this common?

I have a reticular vein behind my knee (0 answers)
I had VNUS closure procedure done 5 months ago. Is there still a chance this "feeder vein" will diminish more, or should I have it treated with an Ambulatory Phelbectomy?

Residual varicose veins after Phlebectomy (0 answers)
I recently had A Phlebectomy on my right leg. I had many varicose veins. I unwrapped it for the first time today, and a large varicose vein remains over my knee and another on my calf. Can this be taken care of when I schedule surgery on the other leg?

Is it normal for my the leg that I am wearing the compression stocking on to feel cold? (0 answers)
I had a varicose vein removed yesterday, and was told to wear the compression stockings during the day for the next three days. I put them on for the first time this morning and I keep feeling a cool sensation in my leg. Is this normal?

Can foam sclerotherapy be performed on the chest area? (0 answers)
I have thin skin and prominent blue veins on my chest that make me feel self-conscious. Can foam sclerotherapy be used on the chest? If so, would the treatment rid the ugly blue veins? I want to feel more beautiful wearing the wedding dress of my dreams.

Safety for spider vein therapy for my condition? (0 answers)
I am getting ready to make an appointment for spider vein treatment on my feet and thighs.

I was diagnosed with connective tissue disease in 1997. I have had sclerotherapy done in 1993 and I know for sure I had this condition at that time.

Will Asclera work on a hemangiona on the lower lip? (0 answers)
Will Asclera work on a hemangiona on the lower lip?

Is asclera appropriate treatment for spider veins on my face? (0 answers)
I have one small "cluster" on my face, and would like it to disappear. What is the best treatment for this? Would laser spider-vein therapy work better?

Asclera & PAD (0 answers)
Any problems with Asclera injections if a patient has PAD?

I was given Asclera while breastfeeding. Should I be concerned? (0 answers)
I found out today, that I was given Asclera at my last two sclerotherapy sessions inadvertently. I am a nursing mother and was to be given saline only. As I had no idea, I nursed my baby afterwards. Should I be concerned? Do I have any recourse?

Is it normal for the lesser saphenous vein to clot following Asclera? (0 answers)
I had Asclera done 13 days ago, but it wasn't until 4 days ago that I noticed a vein on the back of my right calf had started to bruise longitudinally. A day later I noticed a red, hard, painful lump. I was told my lesser saphenous vein is clotted. Is this normal?

Does Asclera always need to be diluted? (0 answers)


Can Asclera worsen the condition of an ulcer? (0 answers)
My 79 yr mom has leg ulcers on both feet. Asclera was injected last year. Ever since, however, she has had terrible bleeding off /on from her ulcers, esp when her feet are down. Is Asclera the cause of the bleeding? Is there anything we can do to counteract it?

Why are my ankles swollen nearly two weeks after having a phlebectomy? (0 answers)
I am going back for my post-op checkup on Wednesday, but am wondering about swelling in my ankles. I had a phlebectomy a little over a week ago and quite a few veins were removed. Over these past two days, my ankles have become really swollen. Why is this happening? Is this normal?

Why does my leg feel uncomfortable when I carry weight? (0 answers)
Five years after having a phlebectomy, new veins appeared and my leg started to ache whenever I carried weight up to the point to be unable to carry my laptop in my backpack. Have you encountered this situation before? Why does it occur?

I have a swollen lymph node following stab avulsions/phlebectomy. Is this normal? (0 answers)
After my stab avulsions/phlebotomy, an ultrasound indicated that I have a swollen lymph node. Is this normal? I had EVLT late January and the stab avulsion March 25th, ultrasound March 31st.

What therapies exist for lymphedema? How can we manage the symptoms? (0 answers)
My mother has had lympedema on both legs for a long time. Now, her legs are very swollen and she has difficulty walking. How we can help her? What doctor can help? What therapies exist?

Are my symptoms normal? Why would lymphedema occur after having the veins in both of my legs closed? (0 answers)
I also told I was being treated for lymphedema, which is odd. I stay in continuous pain all day and I do not sleep at night. Are these symptoms typical? I also feel tired all the time and a have thick hard mass/swelling in my legs. Why would this occur if I had my veins closed in both legs?

What type of doctor should I see for the treatment of my lymphedema? (0 answers)
I have swelling in my hand 3 months after surgery. I have been iagnosed with lymphedema. What type of doctor should I see for treatment?

Can I wear class 2 below knee compression socks while swimming on holiday? (0 answers)


I have pulsating pain in both legs after wrapping, why is that? (0 answers)
I have had 14 HDD/clubfeet surgieries, and now my legs swell. I need a left THR/bone graft next month. To begin, they started wrapping my legs for 2 weeks. Now, I have pulsating pain 24/7, even at rest with no compression on them. Why is this happening? I cannot sleep.

How does Asclera compare to typical Sclerotherapy ingredients? (0 answers)
How does Asclera perform compared to other sclerants?

Is it possible to use Asclera in other parts of the body? (0 answers)
Is it possible to use Asclera to treat purple, small, spider veins (1ml - 3ml) in the penis?

I have a numbness and tingling feeling in my foot. (0 answers)
last year on 6/29/2010 I fractured my ankle.It is may 2011 and I have a bad numbness and tingling feeling in my foot and toes. I didn't get my ankle operated on. What could this be?

Knee pain/complex regional pain disorder (0 answers)
8 yrs ago I fell on my knee, which had recovered from 2 orthoscopic surgeries. I have had abcess-like pain ever since. 3 spinal blocks have failed, and the doctor wants to do a nerve ablation through my knee? I cannot find any info, how successful is this?

Will bruised veins in inner thigh stay this way or will they heal over time? (0 answers)
I think I bruised my viens by going horseback riding. I want to know if my viens are going to remain looking like what they look now.

Ulcers and lasers (0 answers)
What is the best method for treating perforators in an ulcer bed?

Ablation of the saphenous nerve (0 answers)
I've had 20 knee surgeries including a total knee replacement. My pain level has never subsided and my Dr. now wants to do an Ablation of the saphenous nerve. Have you heard of this as a way to relieve medial knee joint pain? Thanks, Jeff Jensen

Wound care advice for leaking fluids... (0 answers)
I have an infection in my knee and am taking antibotics. It's leaking fluid..what can I do to avoid ruining my clothes and furniture ?

Sciatic Nerve flairing up when I run (0 answers)
I am running the Boston Marathon next week and I am concerned about my sciatic nerve that usually flairs up after mile 17. What can I do to help me with the race?

I'm 2 months post-EVLT. Within the last 3-4 days I've developed pain that worsens at night. I'm taking 800 mg ibuprofen. How can I ease the pain? (0 answers)


How can I prevent my wound from opening back up? (0 answers)
I have been seeing a surgeon for wound care. As many times as they get it healed, it subsequently opens up again within 2-3 weeks. How can I prevent this from happening?

I have deep vein thrombosis, coupled with a nagging cough and numbing pain in my left arm, could they all be related? What could be wrong? (0 answers)
I'm a 30-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with DVT. The docs are baffled because I have no risks for this condition. I'm confused because lately my left arm is hard to lift and I have a numbing pain. Also, out of nowhere, I start coughing crap up. Are all of these things related to one another? What could be going on?

I have chronic venous insufficiency and mild May-Thurner syndrome, is it too risky to get pregnant? Also, should I consider stenting? (0 answers)
I was diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency and mild May-Thurner syndrome 4 years ago. I have never been pregnant. I manage the problem daily with compression socks and a low-salt diet. Both legs swell every day, the right one especially. Is it too high risk to get pregnant? I am a 32-year-old female. Also, should I look into stenting?

How is the Pharmacomechanical Thrombolysis procedure performed? (0 answers)
What is the efficacy of Pharmacomechanical Thrombolysis ? How long does the procedure take?

What kind of professional is qualified to perform pharmacomechanical thrombolysis? (0 answers)
What kind of credentials should I look for?

Is the vein already damaged? (0 answers)
After the procedure, will the vein return to normal or is the vein damaged? Will post-thrombotic syndrome still occur in that leg? (edema, stasis, more clots?)

What is the optimal time to perform pharmacomechanical thrmobolysis? (0 answers)
What is the optimal time to perform this procedure after the onset of a DVT? Will it be helpful after the time window has passed?

Benefits and risks of pharmacomechanical thrombolysis? (0 answers)
Do the benefits of pharmacomechanical thrombolysis outweigh the risks?

Risks of an original DVT (0 answers)
What are the chances of the original clot breaking off and causing damage in another part of the body?

Can pharmacomechanical thrombolysis be used when the whole leg is occluded? (0 answers)
My entire leg is occluded from the ankle to the abdomen. Can pharmacomechanical thrombolysis be used several months after diagnosis?

Why is my compression stocking causing swelling? (0 answers)
I punctured my SFA ~2” below groin. I had a right saphenous vein bypass. ~4 weeks since surgery. Wearing the compression stocking (only during day) greatly increases swelling. Wake with ankle ~ double size. If don't wear, ankle ~ normal. Why?

What is the best form of exercise to reduce Venous Insufficiency and are there exercisizes that can cause further venous insufficiency? (0 answers)
What is the best form of exercise to help reduce venous insufficiency? Are there exercises to avoid that can promote progression of venous insufficiency?

Can you naturally get varicose veins to go away? (0 answers)
Can you naturally get varicose veins to go away?

I have spider veins that hurt. (0 answers)
I have spider veins on my legs and they really hurt to the touch. Can that be dangerous to my health?

Does VeinityRX work on spider and varicose veins? (0 answers)
Does VeinityRX work on spider and varicose veins?

I'm 16 and I'm developing varicose veins. Is this normal? (0 answers)
I'm 16 and I'm developing varicose veins. Is this normal?

Cosmetic home treatments? (0 answers)
Is there any product on the market or recommendation regarding temporary cosmetic coverage (e.g., cosmetic makeup, lotions, etc.)or some type of home treatment that will temporarily cover up spider veins?

Are burning, numbness, and redness symptoms of lipodermatosclerosis? (0 answers)
I have burning and numbness in my right hand. The left is just starting. When I put my hand below my heart, it immediately turns red. I had a biopsy on my leg, and the diagnosis was lipodermatosclerosis. The pain is unbearable. Are they related?

What are necessary steps to get rid of varicose veins? (0 answers)
I have varicose veins in my calves and would like to get rid of them but I don't know where to start. So what can I do about them? How do I know if I need surgery, are they dangerous?

Can varicose veins go away on their own? (0 answers)
I still think that home treatments are still too expensive. Can varicose veins go away in any other cheaper method?

Have spider veins in my leg, but not painful, should I be concerned? (0 answers)


Reticular veins (0 answers)
I have reticular veins popping up all over my legs as I get older...am I at increased risk of DVT when flying? Do reticular veins "need" to be fixed? Can some get big enought to bulge when pressure is put on leg or is this a "vericose vein"?

Is pain with superficial venous thrombosis normal? (0 answers)
I just had an ultrasound done and the results were superficial thrombosis. They gave me loveknox, which really helped. All the red is gone, but now my leg is hurting badly in my groan area. Can this be from the ultrasound from them pushing on my veins?

What is a low cost approach to spider veins? (0 answers)
I'd like a low cost approach to dissolving spider veins. I've seen too physicians and their cost are quite different. I'd like to have the procedure this fall and one leg at a time.

What is the best treatment for varicose veins and venous ulcer? (0 answers)
I am 20 and have varicose veins and also venous ulcer in its last or highest stage. Is it treatable? I have had three varicose vein surgeries, but there seems to be no improvement/effect. I am in great pain. What should be my next step or treatment?

Why would a superficial clot dissolve, but not a deep vein clot? (0 answers)
I have a deep vein clot and a superficial clot. The superficial clot is almost completely gone. I had another ultrasound at 6 months, and the doctor said nothing is dissolving with the deep vein. Why wouldn't the deep vein not dissolve?

Can varicose veins twitch or pulsate? (0 answers)
I sometimes get vibrating or twitching sensations in my leg near where I have some varicose veins. Could this pulsating feeling be caused by the veins? Is it possible for veins to actually twitch?

Can excessive touching make varicose veins worse? (0 answers)
I have an anxiety disorder and as a result, I've been excessively touching the varicose veins in my legs. Medically speaking, can doing this make my varicose veins worse?

What do my venous results mean? (0 answers)
I had a peripheral venous evaluation and the results were as follows:
1. No evidence of acute deep thrombosis on bilateral lower extremities
2. Deep vein valve reflux of the right common femoral vein
3. Superficial vein valve reflux
What does all of this mean?

Why should heat not be used to treat symptoms associated with varicose veins? (0 answers)


Can Horse chestnut be combined with Plavix to treat varicose veins? (0 answers)


After falling on my knees the varicose vein I have has become swollen and bruised, should I get checked out? (0 answers)
I fell in the garden today. I landed on my knees onto the slabs of pavement. The pain was terrible and not only are my knees swollen, but the varicose vein I have on my knee is swollen, bruised and very painful. Should I get checked out?

While I wait for my compression stockings, is it helpful to elevate my leg? (0 answers)
I have a mild/moderate varicose vein in my left thigh. The doctor has recommended 20-30 mmhg compression hose. I work on my feet (4-6 hr shifts). Until I can get properly fitted stockings is it helpful to elevate that leg by standing w/left foot on a footstool?

What treatment can I have to rid the varicose veins in my hands? (0 answers)


What are the best at-home treatment options for varicose veins? (0 answers)


What causes a vein to swell, then return to normal after an hour or so? Also, a red bruise was left behind after the incident and it won't go away. (0 answers)
I had a vein by the side of my left knee suddenly become swollen and itchy. It subsided after an hour or so, but only part of the bruise left behind is healing. The other half is still a deep red/purple, and now my calf is achy and heavy. Do you know why this may have happened? Will the bruising, aches and heaviness go away?

I injured the varicose vein over my knee, what should I do? (0 answers)
I knelt down the other day and injured the large varicose vein over my knee. It bruised quickly and felt very sore, so I put a pressure bandage on it. Since then, the bruise has spread and is now about 12" up my thigh. It is very red, and I'm not sure what to do. Do you have any advice?

Is horse chestnut an effective Natural Varicose Vein remedy? (0 answers)
I heard it works to relieve the pain.

Do I need surgery for veins starting to appear near knee? (0 answers)
i am 51, very active female, and just starting to get veins on my legs near the knee. Do I need surgery?

What causes frequent superificial blood clots? (0 answers)
My husband has had at least 6 superficial blood clots in the last 3 months. What could be causing these so often? Is there a deeper problem? He has been evaluated at the ER for this and they confirmed they are superficial. We are waiting for insurance to kick in next month, but thought I would see if I could get anymore info beforehand.

Could I possibly have a pulmonary embolism? (0 answers)
I had a deep vein blood clot in my left leg, and now I have a superficial clot in my right arm. Also, I have a very sharp pain in my chest that comes and goes. Could this be a pulmonary embolism?

Will my veins disappear completely after having the EVLT procedure? (0 answers)
Can they return over time?

Is it safe for obese individuals to undergo EVLT? (0 answers)
I am clinically obese but have no other major health problems, other than painful varicose veins. Would I be an acceptable candidate for EVLT or other procedures?

How much recovery time do I need after EVLT? (0 answers)
How much time should I expect to take off work?

If my father died as result of pulmonary embolism, that means I have an increased risk of thrombosis after EVLT? (0 answers)
If my father died as result of a pulmonary embolism, that means I have an increased risk of thrombosis after EVLT?

Is it okay to take contraceptive pills after EVLT? (0 answers)
Is this allowed?

Will lifting weights contribute to the large veins returning after EVLT? (0 answers)
I had EVLT and Sclerotherapy on the lower leg area. Will lifting weights for the upper body promote the return of the large visible veins?

Will vein ablation in the upper leg treat bulging veins in my calves? (0 answers)
My bulging veins are only in my calves and I understand that the treatment is above the knee only. Realistically will the bulging veins go away after the treatment?

Is it safe to resume weight lifting after EVLT? (0 answers)
Is it ok to resume weight lifting after EVLT. Will weight lifting or any other intense activities contribute to varicose veins

I'm in a lot of pain after a failed EVLT attempt, what should I do? (0 answers)
It's been 5 days since an attempted EVLT on my R leg. Dr. spent 1+ hrs trying to thread the initial wire thru the vein but was unsuccessful - it was very painful.Now my leg is really sore and hard to move. Dr seems unconcerned. What do I do?

I have severe pain in my shin and ankle/heel, what should I do? Are my symptoms normal? (0 answers)
I went 8 days post-surgery w/out redressing thanks to conflicting instructions I rec'd. Now, 11 days post-surgery I feel a tightening pressure in my shin when I stand, and I have shooting pain in the side of my foot where the skin is numb. The surgeon said not to worry, but I am. What should I do? Are my symptoms normal?

I have a number of big veins on my hands, what can I do to stop them? (0 answers)
I have a lot of big veins on my hand. They make me very shy. Is there anything I can do to stop them from getting worse?

How can I get rid of or stop the visible veins on my hands? (0 answers)


Is it normal to feel tightness 11 days after vein stripping? (0 answers)
It has been 11 days since I had the veins in both legs stripped from my groin to my ankles. The procedure was performed on both legs at the same time. I have some soreness as expected, but the last few days the inside of one thigh seems to "tighten." I stand and stretch a minute and the tightness seems to go away. Is this normal?

Is bruising normal after varicose vein stripping? (0 answers)
I had varicose veins stripped from my left leg 18 months ago, but a long (5 inch) bruise remains on my inner thigh. It is painful when I press it, and occasionally it causes me pain when I am walking too. Should I be concerned?

Is it normal to have leg and ankle swelling after vein stripping surgery? (0 answers)
Thirty-seven days ago I had my left popliteal vein removed. I also had a ligation and stripping of some or part of the GSV that did not close adequately. I am still having severe swelling (1.5 inches larger at the ankle) D-dimer elevated greater than 1.0 but neg doppler. Is this normal? What should I do next?

I have swelling in my ankle and foot six months after vein stripping, is this normal? What do I do? (0 answers)
I had my vein stripped in March, 6 months later my ankle/foot is swollen and sore. When I wear my running shoes my foot feels fine but when I walk barefoot or with flip flops, my foot and ankle is quite sore. I am healthy and have NEVER had swelling before. Is this normal following vein stripping? What do I do?

Treatment For DVT (0 answers)
A friend of mine is suffering from DVT as a hereditary problem below knee, and has been taking medication. But, it only reduses the problem. How can the disease be permanently cured?

I have CCSVI, would a stent or taking other veins to create new jugular veins work? (0 answers)
I have chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) and am wondering if it is recommended to stent or even take other veins to create new jugular veins when they get smaller again after a lot of angioplasty procedures.

After taking off compression stockings, is it normal for the leg to burn and tingle? (0 answers)
I had a vein ligation done on the saphenous vein about 2 months ago. Since then, I've worn compression stockings every day. The problem is that when I take them off or do not wear them for a period of time, my post-op leg burns, tingles, and aches. Is this normal?

Can you explain what it means when I'm told the arteries in my legs need work? (0 answers)
My veins seem to be in good shape, but I am told my arteries may need work. Can you provide an explanation of the meaning of "arterial work" on my leg arterial systems?

Is continued pain four months after vein ligation leg stripping normal? (0 answers)
Four months ago I had vein stripping and ligation on vein behind knee, and EVLT on other leg. After surgery, I have been wearing compression stockings during the day, but I remove them at night. When I awake, my ankles in both legs are swollen. Also, I continue to have a lot of pain behind the stripped knee. Is this normal?

Can a purple-blue vein near eye safely be removed? (0 answers)
I have a large purple-blue vein near my left eye that puffs out. I am wondering if there is any way to safely remove it without hurting my eye?

I was told this is considered an experimental/investigational type of procedure...why is that? (0 answers)
I was told this is considered an experimental/investigational type of procedure...why is that? I was told that it is not significantly better than old methods.

Transilluminated powered phlebectomy and scarring? (0 answers)
I have heard bad things about scarring with hook phlebectomy but havent heard anything about transilluminated. Why isn't it more popular and easier to find information on?

Is it normal for my legs to be bruised and painful weeks after a phlebectomy? (0 answers)
I had laser and a phlebectomy done about four weeks ago, and my legs are black and blue and they still hurt. Is this normal?

When is Vein Ligation and Stripping used? (0 answers)
In what situations is this used?

Is Vein Ligation the best option for vericose vein treatment? (0 answers)
If not, what is a better option?

Is my leg supposed to be sore six days after ELA and some stripping? (0 answers)
How long should pain last before subsiding?

Why do some varicose veins bleed? (0 answers)
I have a small vein on the front of my leg that, on occassion will bleed, like a fountain. It stops w/compression & elevation. Why does this occur?

How long does it take to recover from Vein Stripping procedures? (0 answers)
I have recently had Vein Stripping Surgery and was wondering if the dark purplish area where my ulcers were will ever return to normal color?

What is the best treatment for Venous Insufficiency? (0 answers)
When the valves don't close in your veins, what are the treatments?

Is it normal to be in pain 2 weeks after vein stripping? (0 answers)
I had vein stripping done on both legs 2 weeks ago. My right leg is numb from my knee to my ankle & I'm having severe pain in my ankle that shoots up my leg. The doctor has me on percocet, it's NOT helping. I can barely walk or drive. Is this normal?

Does stripping cause blood blotches in legs? (0 answers)
Does stripping the veins cause spots of blood accumulation on the legs usually in the morning when rising?

The legs were stripped from the ankle to under the very top of the leg. Legs have spots of blood blotches under the skin. Surgery was performed 20 years ago.

Should I wait after pregnancy to have surgery? (0 answers)
My right leg GSV is damaged and I have lots of pain. I am aware that if I have surgery before getting pregnant, more veins may appear afterwards. I am just worried that I will suffer a lot during pregagncy if I do not do anything. What are my options?

Pain in outer right ankle and lower leg up to hip, but not in area of ablation and on outer part of leg? (0 answers)
Almost 3 weeks out of EVLT, I have the same pain I had 3 weeks before. My outer left ankle and up to the hip and must sit frequently. The pain takes my breathe away, the ablation was on inner leg, why the great pressure on the outer leg? Also, there's a lump near my left ankle.

How do I remove a broken blood vessel or vein by the opening of my nose? (0 answers)
How do I remove a broken blood vessel or vein by the opening of my nose?

Dr. wants to remove large leg vein with Ambulatory Phlebectomy. (0 answers)
Had treatments recently to internal veins. My doctor wants to remove large leg vein with Ambulatory Phlebectomy, but I'm not having problems with the vein or pain. Is it necessary?

Swollen ankle before EVLT procedure, will it go away? (0 answers)
My ankle was swollen for quite some time before I had the EVLT procedure a few days ago. My doctor said he thought it was swollen due to the incompetence of my saphenous vein. If that's true, how long should it take for the ankle swelling to go down?

Is it dangerous for someone to have Endovenous Ablation if they have lymphedema? (0 answers)
I have enlarged greater saphenous veins in both legs.EVLT was treated on the left and made no changes in swelling. I was then told it is lymphedema; however, they want to do the EVLT in my right leg. Is this dangerous?

Post EVLT stockingstoo loose and too tight (0 answers)
I had EVLT last week. The first 7 days, I wore older stockings that were too loose. Will that be an issue? I felt compresion but not a lot. Now I have new stockings that are nice and tight, but the top feels as if there is a rubberband around my thigh. Advice?

Now that I don't have a saphenous vein in my lower leg am I suceptible to superficial phlebitis? (0 answers)
I was born with a vascular mass and AV malformation. My leg has had extreme superficial veins my whole life. It never hurt or affected me until I had my saphenous vein removed. I had it removed for cosmetic reasons. Am I at risk for phlebitis, now?

How strongly would you recommend this procedure pre-pregnancy? (0 answers)
During my last pregnancy I had severe varicose veins & got a few superficial blood clots in my right leg. I had the veins removed. Now, I am starting get another large but painless varicosity in my left leg. Should it be removed before another pregnancy?

What was used 40 years ago for venous surgical clips? (0 answers)
I had a varicose vein ligated in 1971 and the surgeon left 4 metal clips behind. There are no medical records available. I have never had an MRI and need to know if an MRI study of the same area is safe.

I will be flying to Cuba about a month after my vein procedure, are there any precautions I should take? (0 answers)
I'm going to Cuba to see my daughter get married. I'm set to have a vein procedure on July 13th. My flight is on August 15th. Are there any precautions I should take? Are there any complications that could prevent me from taking the flight?

How long does a Stent last? (0 answers)
How often will I have to replace my stent?

Why do I still have pain when I walk? (0 answers)
I have stents in both legs and I still cannot walk without extreme pain. The pain subsides when I lay down. I have had this pain for 5 years now and have also had a toe amputated due to plaque break off.

Is it recommended to wear compressions while working out? (0 answers)
I had an EVLT and have been given the OK to go back to the gym. Is it recommended to wear compression stockings wile working out?

What type of laser is used on varicose/spider veins, and why does the type matter? (0 answers)
I've heard of 810nm and 910nm lasers being used, but what are the others? What does the actual wavelength have to do with the procedure and how does it affect the vein as it increases or decreases?

Post - EVLT 14 days (0 answers)
Hi. I had a EVLT done 14 days ago by a reputable doctor that has performed hundreds of EVLT's. When I'm standing, it hurts/itches/burns/pulls along the GSV worse than it did before I had the procedure done. Will this pain eventually go away?

Thermal damage post EVLT, 2 1/2 yrs ago. (0 answers)
Dr. had trouble starting temecent/saline line at the beginning of the treatment. Resulting in thermal damage. What, if any, therapy or treatment may help?

Pins and Needles - Pain after EVLT (0 answers)
so 2 months after a gr.saph. evlt, I get pain which feels like pins and needles around my foot, as well as pain on the sole of my foot when pressing down. Whereas before I never had any of these, just swelling of gr.saph. vein which was ok if I used stockings. Any clue on what is wrong? Did they mess up?

Should the GSV be completely closed one week post EVLT or should it take longer? (0 answers)
I recently had EVLT and when I went for my 5 day post ultrasound it still showed flow bilaterally in the GSV. Was just curious if it was suppose to immediately close or it should be closed after 3 weeks of wearing the compression hose.

I had EVLT on each leg and my ankle is swelling. (0 answers)
I had EVLT on the GSV and LSV in each leg. I have pitting edema in my ankles and feet- I'm 3 months post procedures, and never had any swelling before procedures. I was told I needed this EVLT before I could get my spider veins fixed. Very disappointed.

Can EVLT be done if you have vascular & arterial disease? (0 answers)
Can the EVLT proceedure be done if a person has vascular & arterial disease? I am 71, not overweight, no diabetes, and very active.

Why would this bulging vein STILL be visible ? (0 answers)
After having the EVLT procedure 14 days ago and wearing the prescribed compression stocking for 10 days as instructed I now see that the varicose vein has not entirely 'vanished'. Does this take time for the vein to completely "die off"? Confused.

Sharp pain along vein path. (0 answers)
I had an EVLT procedure 16 days ago & the last 2 days I have a sharp, intermittent pain goes from the insertion site to groin area along the vein path. It only happens when I'm not wearing the compression hose. Last US showed no clots. Any ideas?

Intense pain righr after EVLT. (0 answers)
I had evlt earlier today and I'm now experiencing pretty intense pain on my inner thigh to the point where I am limping and close to tears. This is coming from someone who has had past instances of stitches, broken bones,and invasive surgery. Is this pain normal?

Is it safe to get pregnant after the greater saphenous vein has been closed with the laser? (0 answers)
Is it safe to get pregnant after the greater saphenous vein has been closed with the laser? I am concerned about DVT and PE during pregnancy. Am I at higher risk of DVT and PE because the valves in my greater saphenous vein weren't working prop?

Can EVLT be used on bulging feet veins? If not, what can be done to eliminate them? (0 answers)


Five weeks after EVLT I have pain and swelling, is this normal? (0 answers)
I still have a pulling sensation and the same feeling I had when I still had my vein prior to EVLT five weeks ago. I also notice that the areas of incision and my ankles are swollen. Is this normal? I had my post-op ultrasound and all seemed OK.

Three months post-EVLT and 2 months post-sclerotherapy, I still have pain & heaviness. Why is this happening? What should I do? (0 answers)
Three months post-EVLT and 2 months post-sclerotherapy, I still have pain & heaviness. Also, the injection sites are still very sore. My doc said I should be fine by now since my ultrasound looks OK. I was released from his care with no answer. Any thoughts? nerve pain?

I have severe itching and redness after EVLT, is this normal? (0 answers)
I had endovenous laser treatment on both legs in December. My leg is still discolored and numb at the injection sites, but my major problems are redness and extreme itching. The pattern travels up and then down my leg. I am scared to go back to the doctor who treated me. Is what I am experiencing normal? Should I seek the care of another doctor?

Is it normal to have progressive pain and tightness one week after endovenous laser treatment? ? (0 answers)
One week after having endovenous laser ablation performed on my great saphenous vein, I am feeling a lot of pulling, stretching pain in my calf. The anterolateral thigh tributary varicosed vein is closing up, and a post-op ultrasound showed that everything is fine. Are the side effects I'm feeling normal?

My great saphenous vein is thrombosed 6 weeks after EVLT, what should I do? Why did this happen? (0 answers)
I had EVLT on my great saphenous vein 6 weeks ago, but I still have pain along the lateral side of my leg. The discomfort tends to occur after standing, or when wearing compression stockings. The Doppler ultrasound shows that my small saphenous vein is competent, but that the great saphenous vein is thrombosed. What should I do? Why did this happen?

Pain has reoccurred almost two months after EVLT/Phlebectomy, why is this happening? (0 answers)
I had EVLT on my left leg Nov 22 and am scheduled to have the right leg done at the end of the week. Everything went fine until a week ago. Both ultrasounds have looked good, but now I have a constant ache in my inner groin down to my calf. I am worried about going ahead with the second procedure. What should I do?

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