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I am 9 weeks post fem pop. All the follow ups indicate a successful graft.  There was a 9 month delay to diagnosis because the arterial occlusion was due to giant cell vasculitis - no risk factors eg BPNormal, no smoking or diabetes. I still have nerve pain in my foot and leg but it is getting better daily.  I am wondering if a revitive circulation booster would be useful in my case.  My other leg femoral is also blocked and may require this surgery too but I'm hoping to bring back the other foot first. My neurologist says the pain is totally due to the pre surgical ischemia and the nerves take a long time to heal.  I gather the machine operates on TENS principles.

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cheryl
congrats
your doc is right, in my opinion, but no reason not to enhance the healing, i would add massge- have a good therapist teach you how because your own hands send messages thru your nervous system and it really does make a difference but unless you have particularly thin, fragile skin, an ems or tens type unit is a great adjunct therapy in my experience.
so, if your docs concur i say yup, ask for it. with an Rx your insurance may cover,
best of luck, i think it will help!
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I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.

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I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.

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I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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