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Anesthesia

Swollen Vein in Wrist 3 Weeks After Surgery

05/07/2009

Question:

I had hernia surgery 24 days ago. They put the IV in my right hand. The vein in my wrist, about two inches up from my thumb, is noticeably hard and visible. My hand also feels numb. After the surgery, they gave me an IV of saline that got clogged. The nurse tried to shoot an injection up it but it hurt like heck and she stopped. They took the IV out and gave me water to drink instead. No redness or signs of infection. Should I be concerned? Thanks

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