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Vascular Surgery

EVLT procedure with regional anesthetic

03/23/2009

Question:

Dear DR-I had this procedure done 14-months ago with an accredited vascular surgeon. Very pleased with results, but I still have numbness around the back side of thigh and knee. They treated 3 out of the 4 saph veins, which required a lot of numbing. When I reported back to them, the nurse said unusual, yet most clients are back to normal sensation within 6 months. SHould I be concerned about nerve damage?? Or my body has yet to absorb it all? Thank you.

Answer:

Hello. By 14 months, the numbness should likely be gone. That being said, nerves can continue to recover up to about 18 months. Long-term numbness in an area of a surgical incision or where surgery was previously performed is a possibility with any procedure performed. Whatever you are experiencing in the area by 18 months will likely what you will be left with lifelong. Hope this helps.

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