Will VNUS closure help swelling of both calves, ankles, and feet if reflux is only in the right leg?

In addition to above, I was told that compression stockings will need to be worn forever, even though I have no varicose veins. I have major swelling of both calves, ankles, & feet. I've been wearing compression knee-high stockings for 3 months, and I'm still getting pain in both thighs.

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Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jun 14, 2017

Not all swelling and pain is caused by vein problems. You should be evaluated by a board certified vascular surgeon including ultrasound to rule out underlying venous issues. These could be deep vein reflux or sahenous veins. You may also need to be evaluated by a lymphedema clinic if your veins are normal. If there is a lymphatic drainage problem you may need to wear some form of compression long term. You may nee thigh length. Additionally your primary care doctor should evaluate your general health, water retention, blood pressure, etc.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Not all swelling and pain is caused by vein problems. You should be evaluated by a board certified vascular surgeon including ultrasound to rule out underlying venous issues. These could be deep vein reflux or sahenous veins. You may also need to be evaluated by a lymphedema clinic if your veins are normal. If there is a lymphatic drainage problem you may need to wear some form of compression long term. You may nee thigh length. Additionally your primary care doctor should evaluate your general health, water retention, blood pressure, etc.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Mar 22, 2016

Refluxing valves can occur in three different levels of veins: superficial, deep, and perforators. The presence of reflux does not always mean that it is the cause of swelling, and deep reflux tends to cause swelling more commonly than superficial reflux. VNUS Closure may or may not help the swelling in the right leg, and closing the right will not help the left at all.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Refluxing valves can occur in three different levels of veins: superficial, deep, and perforators. The presence of reflux does not always mean that it is the cause of swelling, and deep reflux tends to cause swelling more commonly than superficial reflux. VNUS Closure may or may not help the swelling in the right leg, and closing the right will not help the left at all.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Mar 16, 2016

If you don't have varicose veins, I suggest you get a second opinion about your swelling. If you really have reflux in one leg only, VNUS treatment may only help that leg.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

If you don't have varicose veins, I suggest you get a second opinion about your swelling. If you really have reflux in one leg only, VNUS treatment may only help that leg.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


West Coast Medicine and Cardiology

Published on Mar 15, 2016

I think you should get another ultrasound in a few months and if there is no additional reflux and no symptoms, you may take a break.

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Answered by West Coast Medicine and Cardiology

I think you should get another ultrasound in a few months and if there is no additional reflux and no symptoms, you may take a break.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, RVT, RPVI , RPhS

Published on Mar 12, 2016

If reflux is limited to the right leg, do NOT get the other leg treated. It is as simple as that.

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Answered by Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, RVT, RPVI , RPhS

If reflux is limited to the right leg, do NOT get the other leg treated. It is as simple as that.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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