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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?
Sometimes this nerve can be anesthetized permanently. But usually this resolves with time.
Michael Ingegno MD
You need to work this out with the doctor who did the procedure, get a second opinion from another doctor in the area. We don't use endovenous laser due to the complications. We use VNUS Closure (RF Heat). Thanks
James A. Heinz-M.A.H.A.
See a vein specialist to evaluate in person.
The laser access point would have to be taken into account.
An examination is needed to determine treatment options.
Your question can only be answered by a physician who is examining you. Occasionally, there is increased sensitivity for a number of months after a procdure due to a minor nerve injury. Other problems may casue pain as well such as clot in a superficail vein in the area of tenderness. Clinical re-evaluation would be important to sort out the likely causes for each patient.
Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS
In approximately 90% of patients who experience this, it is temporary and resolves in 6 months. It's not unusual to last longer. I would recommend visiting your treating physician however.
Your best option would be to obtain a consultation with a neurologist. He/She will be able to evaluate how much of damage you have in the nerve and give you a prognosis of the recovery time.
This is usually due to branches of the saphenous nerve on the inside of the ankle or the sural nerve around the heal. This could take up to one year to resolve and most do resolve. However, occasionally, nerve problems can be permanent. You should follow up with your vein specialist.
Probably only with nerve blocks, but I would give it more time as it may well still resolve.
Often this complication improves over time. I would first discuss this with the vein specialist who did the treatment.
Another option would be to obtain a consultation with a neurologist. He/She will be able to evaluate how much of damage you have in the nerve and give you a prognosis of the recovery time. Thomas Wright MD