Vascular Surgery/Endarterectomy


I had Femoral Endarterectomy at the illiac branch with a patch on July 29. Everything went great, no swelling and just the regular pain from the incision.  On the 8th of August, I felt a sting and within 10 minutes the incision went from no swelling to the size of your cupped palm.  Went to emergency room and did ultrasound. They could not see any communication of blood.  4 days later the swelling is not down, very hard mass over artery site and bruise from inter-thigh to butt crack 10 inches wide.  A great increase of pain.  Is this normal?  The surgeon does not seem to be concerned.

did he call it a seroma? if not what did he say it is? it sounds like a seroma, a collection of fluid, not blood which takes time to absorb and is sometimes removed by aspiration *pulling fluid out thru large needle-usually better to let it absorb and not create a -hole- in skin as a portal of infection. lauri

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Lauri Ordway


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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