Soreness after laser vein surgery. Is there a reason for concern?

I had laser vein surgery on left leg then a week later which has been 3 weeks ago the injections were done . Is it a problem with pretty good soreness on tge leg where injected and laser was done?

Doctor Answers 5

Yes, Pain Is Common

Soreness after laser vein surgery is a common side effect. It may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the size of the vein that was closed. You should consult with your physician if the pain is severe, or if it does not improve after two to three months.


Fenton Dermatologist
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Pain after laser

It is very common to have discomfort after vein ablation.  It may last for a month or more.  It is always best to notify your treating doctor if you have questions or concerns following a treatment. If you contacted your doctor and he/she evaluated the situation and reassured you that everything is ok, then you should be comfortable that the discomfort is within the spectrum of normal symptoms. 

Post vein treatment pain

Pain may persist for 1-2 months after vein closures, especially if the vein was very large.  Some patients report soreness or cramping as the vein begins to shrink and breakdown. After sclerotherapy there may be areas of vein that are tender and hard to the touch which indicates the vein is closed.  These areas usually slowly improve over 4-6 weeks.  If there is any severe pain or swelling or you have any concerns, please make your provider aware.

Lisa Perez, MD
Atlanta Physician
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Post laser and sclerotherapy symptoms.

You are describing normal symptoms post laser and sclerotherapy.  Typically, discomfort following a laser procedure occurs about a week after the procedure because at this time the tumescent anesthesia wears off and the treated vein is constricting. Sclerotherapy usually does not give prolonged soreness.  Post laser discomfort may last as long as 6 weeks.  If any questions then follow up with your treating physician.

John Landi, MD
Naples General Surgeon
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Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Both procedures can cause some soreness. However, there is also minimal risk of complications for both procedures. It would be important to discuss your symptoms with your physician. Soreness can be a many things in the "vein world" including thrombophlebitis, phlebitis, trapped blood from sclerotherapy, or even a deep vein thrombosis following these types of treatments. Again, though rather rare, it is important to discuss your symptoms with your provider. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.