I had surgery on my great saphenous vein 2 years ago and still have pain and swelling around my ankle. What to do now?

I had surgery on my great saphenous vein 2 years ago and still have pain and swelling around my ankle that goes up the leg about 3 inches. It hurts all the time. Could something have gone wrong with the procedure? The doctor used a needle he didn't like. Could this have caused my problem? I had the same procedure on my right leg and he was using needle he liked. I have no problems with this leg. Is there any other surgery or procedures that can help with the pain and swelling?

Answers from doctors (3)


Discuss the findings with your vascular surgeon.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Discuss the findings with your vascular surgeon.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Vein Center

Published on May 04, 2016

The first step is to have a repeat ultrasound examination of your legs to see exactly what the problem is. This needs to be done before any kind of treatment is embarked on.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

The first step is to have a repeat ultrasound examination of your legs to see exactly what the problem is. This needs to be done before any kind of treatment is embarked on.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Access and Vascular Restorative Medicine PLLC

Published on May 04, 2016

There are several possibilities:

* Residual areas of untreated disease in the great saphenous vein below the knee
* Disease in the small saphenous vein
* Recannalization of the treated vein

I don't think the type of needle used would affect your outcome if the interventionalist was able to get access into the vein. I would recommend you have a re-evaluation with duplex ultrasound and continue to wear your compression stockings.

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Answered by Access and Vascular Restorative Medicine PLLC

There are several possibilities:

* Residual areas of untreated disease in the great saphenous vein below the knee
* Disease in the small saphenous vein
* Recannalization of the treated vein

I don't think the type of needle used would affect your outcome if the interventionalist was able to get access into the vein. I would recommend you have a re-evaluation with duplex ultrasound and continue to wear your compression stockings.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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