Tingling, Slight Pain and Numbness in the Legs After Laser Vein Treatment - Normal?

5 Days post-op. I didn't visit an MD unfortunately and am now worried about these items, especially as I was told the only side effect I could potentially experience would be blisters.

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Laser vein treatment

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The tingling and slight pain are normal, however if you have significant numbness through the  leg, that is not a normal post procedure occurrence and you should have it examined by the doctor who performed the procedure.  Your doctor will be able to advise you as to what needs to be done, if anything at all. 

Numbness and tingling after laser vein procedures - Buffalo Niagara, NY

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If this was an endovenous ablation procedure like EVLT, you should see the vein specialist who performed the procedure.

If this was cosmetic laser procedure, the numbness will go away in most cases. 

Vein Treatment

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If enough veins are treated, there can be swelling and this can cause some tingling with the fluid retention.  This is not something to be too overly concerned with.

Laser veins

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this will sometimes occur after laser treatment. just wait it out and it should go away.  sclero typically has less side effect profile but even sclero can cause staining or hyperpigmentation if not done properly.

Laser, sclerotherapy

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The symptoms are unusual. It is time to consult an experienced physician for full evaluation of the distribution of numbness and pain to get a diagnosis.

Start with your Family Physician consult.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Side-effects after laser therapy for varicose veins

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this is probably a normal occurrence although laser for spider veins or reticular veins is best done by sclerotherapy treatments (injection.)  the big problem with lasers is their unpredictability in area of damage it can cause and can leave the skin blistered, scarred or abnormally pigmented.  i would wait this out for now and just keep the area moisturized and out of the sun.

Craig Crippen, MD
Kelowna Physician

Tingling, slight pain and numbness in the legs after laser vein treatment - normal?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! Numbness after any surgical procedure is expected for several weeks to months following. As the nerves to the area are traumatized and will then experience a temporary neuropraxia, a transient loss of nerve conduction. This usually resolves over the next 6-12 weeks, but depending on the procedure performed, sometimes much longer. Typically this should resolve by 1 year. As it goes past this date, the likelihood of the sensation returning is small. However, it can take up to 2 years. If no return from there, it is unlikely to return. It should be discussed that persistent sensory changes may develop following any surgical procedure.

The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

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