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Vascular Surgery

Swelling of lower leg

09/04/2007

Question:

SIX WEEKS AGO I HAD PERIPHERAL BYPASS SURGERY. I HAVE HAD A LITTLE SWELLING ALL ALONG BUT NOW THAT I`VE GOTTEN BETTER AND WALKING A LOT THE SWLLING HAS GOTTEN WORSE EVEN A THREE HOUR MOTOR TRIP CAUSES A GREAT DEAL OF SWELLING. NOT MUCH PAIN AND IT GOES DOWN OVER NIGHT.MY QUESTION IS THIS NORMAL?

Answer:

It is normal to see this after bypass surgery. Over the next several months this can improve, but you may always find that leg to be slightly more swollen, particularly if the bypass involved using your vein. Ask your vascular surgeon if a light compression stocking could be used to help with your swelling.

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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