Question: I called the office when this started 10 days post EVLA. They had me come in and did an ultrasound, which they said was OK, and told me to put moist heat on. Since then it’s become increasingly painful and swollen. I had the other leg done 3 days after and it’s fine—no swelling. I called today and they were sure it was fine based on the previous ultrasound. I’m still worried because it went from a goose egg to the whole inside of my upper leg. I am a kidney transplant patient.
Answer: If you are referring to the area that was treated with EVLA, it can be the inflammation associated with the closure of the vein. Some veins exist more superficially in the body and these will oftentimes present with more inflammation as the areas heal. You may find that Arnica Gel, gentle compression and anti-inflammatories will help speed up your recovery. Tylenol is best for you as it is processed in the liver and will not affect kidney function. Compression can even be an athletic short from the sporting goods store or Walmart, just something to help support the area.