Yellow fluid is draining from one of the incisions made during microphlebectomy, is this normal?

I had a microphlebectomy a week ago. The doctor inserted a lot of fluid in the veins to deaden them. I am now having a lot of drainage from one of the cuts. It is yellow in color. Is this normal, or is it something I should be concerned about?

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Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jun 28, 2017

What you describe could be a lymphocele. This will pass with time. Occasionally they don't drain and your doctor may need to insert a small needle into it. This is just a small disruption of some lymph drainage vessels and it will return to normal.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

What you describe could be a lymphocele. This will pass with time. Occasionally they don't drain and your doctor may need to insert a small needle into it. This is just a small disruption of some lymph drainage vessels and it will return to normal.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Sep 18, 2013

The fluid is probably lymph fluid, which should eventually stop leaking. But, to be safe, contact your treating physician and schedule a follow-up appointment.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

The fluid is probably lymph fluid, which should eventually stop leaking. But, to be safe, contact your treating physician and schedule a follow-up appointment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Heart and Vein Center

Published on Sep 12, 2013

Clear (water-like) or pinkish fluid is normal. Yellow liquid could represent infection. You need to go back and see your doctor ASAP.

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Answered by Heart and Vein Center

Clear (water-like) or pinkish fluid is normal. Yellow liquid could represent infection. You need to go back and see your doctor ASAP.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Sep 12, 2013

Following microhlebectomies several things tend to happen: sometimes hard areas tend to form under the incisions. These are due to accumulated blood following the vein removal. Occasionally, yellow drainage can occur, especially over the bony surfaces. This is due to lymphatic fluid, and usually resolves with pressure. Even more rarely, these micro-incision sites can become red and inflamed, and then they are treated with NSAIDS, heat and occasionally antibiotics. What you seem to be describing is lymphatic drainage, or it could be some leakage of the tumescent fluid used for the anesthesia. Give it time to heal and follow up with your surgeon.






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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Following microhlebectomies several things tend to happen: sometimes hard areas tend to form under the incisions. These are due to accumulated blood following the vein removal. Occasionally, yellow drainage can occur, especially over the bony surfaces. This is due to lymphatic fluid, and usually resolves with pressure. Even more rarely, these micro-incision sites can become red and inflamed, and then they are treated with NSAIDS, heat and occasionally antibiotics. What you seem to be describing is lymphatic drainage, or it could be some leakage of the tumescent fluid used for the anesthesia. Give it time to heal and follow up with your surgeon.






Published on Jul 11, 2012


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