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Vascular Surgery/swelling after fem-pop bypass


I had a fem pop bypass two and a half years ago. Apart from the odd twinge it has been fine and i always inspect it regularly. I have just noiced a very large swelling directly under the scar tissue which has appeared only in the last ten hours.
I have done nothing different, i havent strained at all. The only difference is i put phorpain gel on it last evening. Could it be a reaction to the gel or is it something more serious?

Any advice would be much appreciated

oh gosh that sounds unusual, have you been getting routine ultrasounds as well as inspecting it? have they been good? are you able to get in to see your surgeon? I think you must contact surgeon and seek his advice, it is quite late the usual things that cause a swelling to strike 2 1/5 years later. you are not smoking? exercising daily - all the good things? if you can take a photo and lay a ruler of some sort along the incision so size can be seen. if you cant see surgeon, try your primary care or  urgent care. if you can send photo to me i will sure look at it too, is the area discolored? warm to touch? i dont know phorpain gel??? oh, ibuprofen gel? doe it work well? was the area painful that you applied the gel? tell e more, but call your doc now Richard- lauri

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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.


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.

I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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