Do I need antibiotics for swelling and tenderness after a recent vein procedure?

I had varicose vein procedures in both legs recently. The left leg developed swelling and tenderness nine days after. I called my doctor's office on Saturday and they said to go to the ER. The ER doctor said it was a skin and underlying tissue infection and prescribed antibiotics. They said to see my regular vein physician as soon as possible. My vein physician said this was a normal reaction and told me to stop the antibiotics and that the swelling would go away in about three months.

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2 months ago by VEININNOVATIONS

It is not unusual to develop a superficial phlebitis a few weeks after vein treatment. This is an inflammatory reaction to closing the vein. To a physician not experienced in vein closure procedures, this is often misdiagnosed as an infection. Typically it is treated with warm compresses several times a day and anti-inflammatory medication. Wearing the compression stockings may help as well. I would stress that if your treating physician has not seen and examined your leg yet, then I would remain on the antibiotics until you can be evaluated. If it is indeed phlebitis, then your physician can safely stop the antibiotics.

2 months ago by VEININNOVATIONS (View Profile)

It is not unusual to develop a superficial phlebitis a few weeks after vein treatment. This is an inflammatory reaction to closing the vein. To a physician not experienced in vein closure procedures, this is often misdiagnosed as an infection. Typically it is treated with warm compresses several times a day and anti-inflammatory medication. Wearing the compression stockings may help as well. I would stress that if your treating physician has not seen and examined your leg yet, then I would remain on the antibiotics until you can be evaluated. If it is indeed phlebitis, then your physician can safely stop the antibiotics.


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