Is leg pain a common side effect after varicose vein surgery or sclerotherapy treatments?

I had a phlebectomy that was not successful, then laser ablation and sclerotherapy within 2 months of each other. I now have shooting pains in my leg... is this something that is normal?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (5)


Answered by Varicose Vein Specialists

The “shooting pains” could be related to nerve injury, but it is difficult to determine with certainty. If there is any leg swelling, or calf discomfort, a venous duplex may be indicated to rule out a deep vein clot, especially after having several vein treatments. Redness or increased warmth could indicate phlebitis or cellulitis, which could be further assessed by clinical evaluation. There should not be significant pain after sclerotherapy other than perhaps mild tenderness if there is bruising. I would recommend following up with your vascular doctor for an exam and to see if any further testing is indicated.

Published on Oct 19, 2017

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Answered by Varicose Vein Specialists

The “shooting pains” could be related to nerve injury, but it is difficult to determine with certainty. If there is any leg swelling, or calf discomfort, a venous duplex may be indicated to rule out a deep vein clot, especially after having several vein treatments. Redness or increased warmth could indicate phlebitis or cellulitis, which could be further assessed by clinical evaluation. There should not be significant pain after sclerotherapy other than perhaps mild tenderness if there is bruising. I would recommend following up with your vascular doctor for an exam and to see if any further testing is indicated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

You need to have the reason for the pain evaluated. It could be related to nerves in the area of the laser ablation or microphlebectomies or not related to the prior surgery at all. I would recommend that you follow up with your treating physician.

Published on Jun 04, 2012

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

You need to have the reason for the pain evaluated. It could be related to nerves in the area of the laser ablation or microphlebectomies or not related to the prior surgery at all. I would recommend that you follow up with your treating physician.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

Persistent pain after any of these procedures is not usually the case. You should contact your provider for further evaluation.

Published on Feb 26, 2010

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

Persistent pain after any of these procedures is not usually the case. You should contact your provider for further evaluation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

This is not typical. If the phlebectomy did not give you any improvement in the appearance of the varicose veins, that probably means they were not removed. If you noticed immediate improvement but then new varicose veins appeared, that would indicate that the underlying cause (a leaky vein) was not treated. That would be the purpose of laser ablation. Shooting pains in the leg could be part of the healing process or it is possible that a nerve injury has occurred. I would recommend discussing these symptoms with your doctor.

Published on Oct 16, 2009

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

This is not typical. If the phlebectomy did not give you any improvement in the appearance of the varicose veins, that probably means they were not removed. If you noticed immediate improvement but then new varicose veins appeared, that would indicate that the underlying cause (a leaky vein) was not treated. That would be the purpose of laser ablation. Shooting pains in the leg could be part of the healing process or it is possible that a nerve injury has occurred. I would recommend discussing these symptoms with your doctor.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Miller Vein

This is not typical. If the phlebectomy did not give you any improvement in the appearance of the varicose veins, that probably means they were not removed. If you noticed immediate improvement but then new varicose veins appeared, that would indicate that the underlying cause (a leaky vein) was not treated. That would be the purpose of laser ablation. I would recommend a follow-up ultrasound for diagnosis. Wearing compression stockings and taking Ibuprofen (with food or milk) may be helpful for pain.

Published on Sep 24, 2009

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Answered by Miller Vein

This is not typical. If the phlebectomy did not give you any improvement in the appearance of the varicose veins, that probably means they were not removed. If you noticed immediate improvement but then new varicose veins appeared, that would indicate that the underlying cause (a leaky vein) was not treated. That would be the purpose of laser ablation. I would recommend a follow-up ultrasound for diagnosis. Wearing compression stockings and taking Ibuprofen (with food or milk) may be helpful for pain.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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