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I am a working woman. History of surgery done on knee. Noticed swollen vein on knee. Should I be concerned?

I am a 34 yr old woman, I have been doing heavy work, remodeling a house with stone work, and shoveling tons of dirt myself, for about a month now. The dirt shoveling just started about 3 days ago and I noticed that a vein has started to stick out on the outer side of my left knee . I have two bad knees, surgery on both when I was 15, and they are swollen frequently. But I have never spotted a vein like this before. Should I have any concerns?
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Radiologist, Interventional 's  Response

Thank you for your question.

From your description, these are likely to be Varicose Veins.

You need to see a Vascular Interventional Radiologist to have a Doppler Ultrasound to confirm these.

This can then be treated by an Interventional Radiologist like myself by either Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency Ablation done by a minimally invasive method.

This will make the bulging vein permanently disappear.


Dr.Saurabh Joshi,
Consultant Vascular Interventional Radiologist
Answered: Mon, 15 Jul 2013
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