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    What do swollen legs indicate post vascular surgery despite taking water pills?

Posted on Mon, 6 Nov 2017 in Lump
Question: I had vascular surgery on my right leg seven months ago. My leg is still swollen. to touch it it feels hard. Ive been back to surgeon and he says he's never seen this before. Gave me perscription of water pills but that hasn't helped at all. What is my next step?
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 44 minutes later
Brief Answer:
different possibilities as cellulitis,vascular blockage,lymph edema.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear

Warm welcome to Healthcaremagic.com
I have evaluated your query thoroughly .

* There are different possibilities for such condition after 7 months of surgery as
- cellulitis - microvascular blockage - lymph edema - others .

Kindly provide further details so that I can answer your query completely .

1. Type of vascular surgery , done for what reason .
2. Was there any swelling of leg before surgery .
3. Swelling - location , extent , does it pit on pressure or not .
4. Associated pain , fever , difficulty in walking .
5. Any other medications as for diabetes , blood thinners , high BP or else .
6. If possible , a photo pic as an attachment in the follow up would be of
great help .

Awaiting for your response .
Regards .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 1 hour later
My name is XXXXXXX My leg was in constant pain before I had surgery on May 11, 2017 and was overnight in the hospital. I understood that I had a very large calculous blockage. I think I had a arterial puncture where a small plastic tube was inserted into the femoral artery. I healed from that and no more pain. Ever since then my leg has swollen so bad that I feel it's numb and tingling. Very uncomfortable but no pain. No swelling before surgery other than in calf. I am on many medications that I was taking before surgery. List: Blood pressure, colestroail, diabetes, and pain medication for back problems also arthritus etc. The leg is fully swollen from hip to the entire foot and has been. Have had several test done and Doctors. Not sure how to get this diagnosed I'm worried
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 7 hours later
Brief Answer:
Lymph edema is most possible condition .

Detailed Answer:
Respected XXXXXXX , hi

Thanks for the details .

* Most probable condition is lymph edema of the limb .

* Require evaluation with the soft tissue ultrasound , doppler lower limb and
lymphangiography to diagnose the root cause .

If any of these reports have been done post surgery , kindly send me .

Wishing you fine health ahead .
Regards .
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