After Venaseal ablation I developed phlebitis on my thigh. Treatment was heat and compression. 7 months post surgery the area is hard and discolored.

Is this within the norm? I am concerned as the area is 5" x 6" and is above the knee. The area is sore to the touch ( I would give it a 5 out of 10 for pain) and has continued to darken over time.

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Litchfield County Vein Center

Published on Oct 11, 2017

Sounds like phlebitis of the Saphenous vein or varicosities, and "ghosting" (the darkening of the skin at the area of the vein). This should all resolve, but it can take 6-12 months. Keeping the area out of the sun will help as well. This can happen with radiofrequency ablation as well when the veins run superficially (close to the surface of the skin).

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Answered by Litchfield County Vein Center

Sounds like phlebitis of the Saphenous vein or varicosities, and "ghosting" (the darkening of the skin at the area of the vein). This should all resolve, but it can take 6-12 months. Keeping the area out of the sun will help as well. This can happen with radiofrequency ablation as well when the veins run superficially (close to the surface of the skin).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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