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Why does it feel like my veins are filling up with blood?
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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.
My radiofrequency ablation procedure was not successful because my perforator vein moved, is this normal?
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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?
How many bad veins can be closed at one time during radiofrequency occlusion?
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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?
According to my doctor, the radiofrequency ablation performed on my legs was not successful because my veins kept moving. Is this normal?
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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?
Can radiofrequency occlusion help with lipodermasclerosis?
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I see a dermatologist for my lipodermasclerosis, but it is progressing faster than we can handle. Can radiofrequency occlusion help with this condition?
If I had an adverse reaction to lidocaine after a dental procedure, should I be concerned about receiving it for my upcoming radiofrequency ablation?
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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?
Is radiofrequency occlusion a safe procedure with a low risk of death?
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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?
I have a stabbing pain 10 days after radiofrequency ablation therapy, is this normal?
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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.
Can deep vein reflux get worse after saphenous vein ablation?
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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?
Is it normal to feel pain after being treated by radio frequency 10 days ago?
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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.
Does valve closure occur spontaneously at the time of ablation?
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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?
Am I a good candidate for radiofrequency occlusion?
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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 would be the effects of not wearing of compression stockings after vein surgery?
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What would be the adverse effects for not wearing compressive stockings after RF ablation of GSV and foam sclerotherapy?
Is it right to use general anesthesia for RF Endovenous ablation instead of local anesthesia?
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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?
Is RFA recommended for AVM?
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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.
How soon after radiofrequency occlusion should I see results?
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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?
Pain four years after vein ablation
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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?
I have severe pain in my legs. Is Radiofrequency Occlusion right for me?
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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?
What is the recovery time?
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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?
DVT
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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?
Lower shin numbness and pain since having radiofrequency occlusion on Sept. 2nd.
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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?
Is there a treatment for nerve damage after radiofrequency vein ablation?
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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?
Can Radiofrequency Occlusion be used if I have ulcers due to varicose veins?
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Can RFO be performed on the legs of a person who has ulcers developed due to varicose veins?
Should I have pain 1 week after Radiofrequency Occlusion surgery?
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I had this procedure 1 week ago and am having more pain than the surgical procedure itself.
Can Radiofrequency Occlusion be used to treat spider veins?
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Is Radiofrequency Occlusion good to treat spider veins?
What kind of anesthesia is used in Radiofrequency Occlusion?
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Is anything used to numb the area?
How does Radiofrequency Occlusion use sound to close veins?
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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 cause surrounding veins to collapse or become varicose?
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Wouldn’t eliminating certain veins put too much pressure on the surrounding ones?
Will I be able to exercise soon after Radiofrequency Occlusion?
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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?
Will Radiofrequency Occlusion require a long down time?
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How long should I estimate for recovery? Will repeat treatments be required?
Is radiofrequency occlusion the same procedure as VNUS?
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How are they different?
How costly is the Radiofrequency Occlusion procedure?
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Will insurance cover the cost? Does the procedure involve an overnight hospital stay I will need to budget for?
Does radiofrequency occlusion heat the vein?
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Is there a chance of burning?
When should radiofrequency occlusion be performed over ELA?
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Radiofrequency occlusion and endovenous laser ablation sound almost the same. What are the differences and when should one be used over the other?
Is radiofrequency occlusion the same as laser vein treatments?
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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?

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