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Have pain in the back of the knee were the veins have become purple and raised. What could be the cause?

HI My 45 year old husband had a femoral artery bypass in January this year, his recovery has been slow but going well, but recently I noticed his veins at the back of his knee both large thick veins and spider veins are raised and the area is very purple. He says the whole area about the size of a palm of your hand is very sore sensitive and a kind of painful stinging feeling. Does this sound familiar?

Asked On : Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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I have read your Question,
The Symptoms you have stated above , could be of varicose veins / spider veins.

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg.

Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.

Varicose veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins and spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.

This Condition is completely curable either with the help of medicines or through surgery , so I suggest you not to panic and to consult a phlebologist/ vascular surgeon/ dermatologist nearby for further Guidance.

Wishing you and your husband a good health,
Dr.G.Gayatri Devi
Answered: Fri, 21 Jun 2013
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