Is it normal for my leg to feel hot almost 4 weeks after radiofrequency ablation and vein stripping?

The incisions around my knee area feel hot and hard, but there don't seem to be any other signs that would lead my to think they are infected. The incisions are almost fully healed and there's no redness that isn't linked to my bruising, no pus oozing, and no fever. I just noticed today that they feel hotter than the same area on my other leg, and can't see my regular doctor until Friday. So, I'm just wondering if this should be evaluated earlier, or if it's OK to wait until Friday.

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Advanced Vein Center

Published on Nov 03, 2015

The symptoms you are experiencing are likely normal, so it's OK to wait until your scheduled follow-up appointment.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

The symptoms you are experiencing are likely normal, so it's OK to wait until your scheduled follow-up appointment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Oct 30, 2015

Most likely what you feel is the vein constricting from being treated with the radiofrequency. The vein gets hard before it softens. I have seen associated redness and heat with this. This does not usually mean infection. I would apply wet heat to the area and take ibuprofen until you see your physician. If it worsens, then call him.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Most likely what you feel is the vein constricting from being treated with the radiofrequency. The vein gets hard before it softens. I have seen associated redness and heat with this. This does not usually mean infection. I would apply wet heat to the area and take ibuprofen until you see your physician. If it worsens, then call him.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Oct 30, 2015

What you describe sounds pretty normal. The hardness and warmth should be slowly getting better. Just to be safe, however, I think it is a good idea to follow up with your doctor.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

What you describe sounds pretty normal. The hardness and warmth should be slowly getting better. Just to be safe, however, I think it is a good idea to follow up with your doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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