My doc removed my healthy veins instead of my problematic veins. What now? What complications might I face? Is treatment still possible?

I had the GSV removed from my left leg and LSV removed my right leg. However, the doctor inadvertently took the wrong veins from the wrong legs. He took healthy veins and left behind the bad veins. I'm not asking you to respond to the doctor's actions, I'm asking what now? What complications might I face? Is treatment still possible? I still have pain and a black mark on the back of my left leg where I did have superficial thrombophlebitis.

Answers from doctors (3)


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Jun 21, 2016

Was your doctor board-certified? Did you check his credentials and determine how many vein treatments he performed? Did you see before and after pictures? Did you seek recommendations or feedback from other patients of his or her? A skilled doctor will be board-certified, have successfully performed a vast amount of vein treatments over the years, positive patient reviews and pictures to highlight their work. An even better doctor continues to train and stay in-tune with what's going on in their field. I'd recommend you seek a board-certified vein specialist for help--and use the questions above as a guideline as to what to look for in the professional you choose.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Was your doctor board-certified? Did you check his credentials and determine how many vein treatments he performed? Did you see before and after pictures? Did you seek recommendations or feedback from other patients of his or her? A skilled doctor will be board-certified, have successfully performed a vast amount of vein treatments over the years, positive patient reviews and pictures to highlight their work. An even better doctor continues to train and stay in-tune with what's going on in their field. I'd recommend you seek a board-certified vein specialist for help--and use the questions above as a guideline as to what to look for in the professional you choose.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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

Published on Jun 21, 2016

Seek advice and in-person examination from an ABVLM-certified vein specialist who has an accredited vascular lab and vascular ultrasound credentials.

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

Seek advice and in-person examination from an ABVLM-certified vein specialist who has an accredited vascular lab and vascular ultrasound credentials.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Oct 06, 2015

You should definitely seek a second opinion from an experienced board-certified vascular surgeon who specializes in treating these problems. He will perform an ultrasound and evaluate your studies and symptoms, as well as discuss your options. The area of darkening over the superficial thrombus can be massaged several times per day with arnica cream and may fade with time.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

You should definitely seek a second opinion from an experienced board-certified vascular surgeon who specializes in treating these problems. He will perform an ultrasound and evaluate your studies and symptoms, as well as discuss your options. The area of darkening over the superficial thrombus can be massaged several times per day with arnica cream and may fade with time.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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