Was my deep vein damaged during thermal ablation?

I had a thermal ablation 4 days ago. I went for an ultrasound yesterday and the tech saw the main deep vein was too close to the affected vein. I have to see the doctor in 2 days. She said I might need medication and to watch my leg for swelling and shortness of breath. She did not tell me why. Could they have damaged my deep vein during the procedure?

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Published on Sep 19, 2019

I would assume that you have something called an EHIT. This stands for Endothermal Heat-Induced Thrombus. This is a clot (thrombus) at the top of the vein where your physician started treatment of your great saphenous veins. The thrombus to a large degree is of little concern unless it extends into the deep system which is extremely rare. I would recommend that you stay active and walk a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes per day to prevent progression.

I have completed over 5,000 endovenous thermal ablations and I have NEVER had an EHIT progress to a blood clot in the deep veins. I do not do follow-up ultrasounds any longer, as studies show that it is not necessary.

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I would assume that you have something called an EHIT. This stands for Endothermal Heat-Induced Thrombus. This is a clot (thrombus) at the top of the vein where your physician started treatment of your great saphenous veins. The thrombus to a large degree is of little concern unless it extends into the deep system which is extremely rare. I would recommend that you stay active and walk a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes per day to prevent progression.

I have completed over 5,000 endovenous thermal ablations and I have NEVER had an EHIT progress to a blood clot in the deep veins. I do not do follow-up ultrasounds any longer, as studies show that it is not necessary.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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