Your legs might be black, blue, or even green. Well for me it’s only been 10 weeks rather than 10 years but yes, I frequently get the burning, stinging type of of pain you describe in my lower leg where the vein was harvested. They usually have a red or bluish-purple color. To start a new discussion in this community, please click here. 58 Replies, I will be 6 months post op on May 3, 2017. no cause for concern. The few reported cases all occurred in the vein donor leg after open harvest. 38 Replies, Thanks for the responses on my last post. I am 7 wks post CABG x4. Crepe bandage with minimal compression was applied to the leg after surgery. The second, smaller cut is made further down your leg… Unfortunately, we don't have many of those anymore. My hubby went through a CABG*3 on 1st August 2014. I am now 3 months since the operation and ... I am now doing leg exercises in the pool in the evenings. There were complications during surgery ... Eliminate salt intake So it will soon be ... METHODS: A total of 408 patients from an RA trial completed a questionnaire up to 14 years after primary coronary artery bypass surgery. The more movement you get the better. CABG, begin to have stinging or burning type of pains in lower leg from which vein was taken for the CABG? I guess this is another area of "Wait and see. Answered by Dr. Shahin Tavackoli: No: Deep leg pain should really not be there after bypass surgery. After CABG coughing and excessive drainage in throat. 23 Replies, Hi! This caused symptoms of pain and heaviness in your leg that made walking difficult. Other signs of a deep vein thrombosis are reddish or purple discoloration of the leg, tenderness, cramping or pain. No this is highly rare for this to happen, I cannot say for sure that it did not but I feel this is something that happened to occur at the same time frame but not due to the removal, It has been known for a lymph node to have damage before after the removal of the vein … In open heart surgery, the heart is stopped. Both legs ache since double bypass was done last year. SWELLING/ Edima since my CABG November last year. Do any of you, ten years after CABG, begin to have stinging or burning type of pains in lower leg from which vein was taken for the CABG? Sorry for being so long here everyone. Scary. Felt a lot better, do you think this can reoccure? Thanks. CABG was performed with left internal thoracic artery to left anterior descending artery and saphenous vein to the second obtuse marginal artery. I think you will notice an improvement come October-November. But signs of a blood clot may be in a different part of your leg and may include: Pain in your calf, back of the knee, thigh, or groin. There were no … That seemed to take some of the swelling down, along with elevating it on a pillow in the evenings. 3 Replies, Does anyone else have trouble edema and swelling in the leg(s) where the vein was removed? My quad bypass was 22nd Feb and at times are still tender even now m . Compartment syndrome after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is rare. It has improved a little with more elevation and more exercise. 13 Replies, My husband is 44 and a type 2 diabetic. Actually I did see my doctor yesterday. IN THAT THE FULL STERNUM IS NOT CUT. After … It just takes a while to try and explain some of these medical goings-on fully. I've had angina off and on, and like people say here, rested, lived with it and just hoped it ... 7 Replies, Has anyone had swelling in the leg , mostly at the ankle area of the leg that the vein was taken from ... I wore one of the compression stockings they had me in in the hospital when it got really uncomfortable. 14 Replies, I WAS OPERATED ON 16/10/12. 1.) The bruises should go away over two or three weeks. Prior to this surgery he has not had a heart attack, but a number of stents have been inserted ... 20 Replies, On 21 January 2015 my dad (65 years) had CABG x 2. You have signs of a blood clot in a leg. Please help. This article tells you how to take care of yourself after leaving the hospital. As I got up from the recliner to go use the washroom I felt a warm rush of fluid run down the inside of my leg. I am making progress with reduced swelling but it has been (another!) How long does this go on? (little German here with the misspelling in my prior post). This can make the leg swollen, painful and prone to leg ulcers. 6 Replies, Surgery was 3/10/20 I can feel my heart beating in my ears sometimes it bothers me. 29 Replies, hello all, I'm concerned about my husband, he had cabg x2 in nov 13 after a heart attack. Blood vessels can be taken from your leg (saphenous vein), inside your chest (internal mammary artery), or your arm (radial artery). Three patients presented with swollen leg after surgical removal of the greater saphenous vein (GSV): two of them after stripping of the GSV for varicosity and one after harvesting the GSV for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. But it may take longer depending on how many blood vessels are being attached. Coronary artery bypass graft surgery usually lasts 3 to 6 hours. Have had feeling of "big rock on the chest" on and off since the surgery... Feel like I need to constantly take a deep breath ... I am having severe nerve pain in both hands, both feet, my right knee, and horribly, my breasts ... long haul.......... Perhaps some of our discomfort is growing pains ? It was also about a half inch deep. Said that these SEROMA's aren't all that unusual and I had to take care of it by wet gauzing for a while until it started to close up from the bottom up. He had CABG surgery this past Monday, which went extremely well, and he came home on Friday morning ... The vein was harvested from the right lower leg. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Exercise and generally 'using' your leg(s) is the perfect default position, only "rest" if your doctor insists... then make him explain why. After your surgery, you’ll need to wear compression hose (or a compression bandage, if the vein isn’t on your leg or foot) for a week or two. Hi Carole, The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. 15 Replies, How long after CABG surgery should we have a follow up stress test? 4.) Half scared to death I went in the washroom and in the light I could see a 1 1/2 long and 1/2 wide part of the incision had burst open and all the fluid had run out that had built up the swelling. Tissue approximation and haemostasis are the major objectives of a sub- cutaneous layer, but weobserved that these could be achieved satisfactorily in the leg with interrupted suture approximation ofthe skin anda firm pressure bandage. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). 2 Replies, Differences one year vs two years after cabg. To reduce pain, put ice or a cold pack on your leg for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. EDEMA....EDEMA...EDEMA....E-D-E-M-A! Deep vein thrombosis leads to varicose veins, which not only impairs the quality of vein but also if the vein is harvested from the same leg, leads to obstruction to venous return, thereby causing swelling of leg and, in extreme cases, can lead to venous gangrene, which is very difficult to treat and can result in amputation of the limb. Are you sitting for long periods of time? 2 small incisions are made. By day 14, your pain should be minimal. 2.) I am not sure how to word this question. Does this take a long time to go away. The cast is removed by a special cast saw, and should not cause any pain in the process, but has a slight vibration. How about any DVT's? 35 Replies, I had a cabg in march 2014. Hopefully recent surgery to extract bone from right wrist plus some medication settles nervous system down and left ankle/foot goes back to being very mild varying pins/needles sensation, which I had gotten to used to without bothering me too much. HENCE THERE ... How ... 38 Replies, How long after CABG surgery should we have a follow up stress test? 1 Reply, My husband had a Triple By-pass on Nov. 13th. Also my right ankle swelled There were complications during surgery ... My pain is minimal, amazingly. You need to: My first thought was "I hope to God that wasn't blood"! Im 41 yrs old. How ... 7 Replies, Hi guys, Well 3 months post cabg and wearing a nitrous patch! Veins are taken from this leg. The first year the leg where they harvested the grafts stayed swollen a lot. The first is made near your groin at the top of the varicose vein and is approximately 5cm in diameter. Will moderate exercise on treadmill relieve pain? I had 3xCABG on 7/28/2011 and was released from the hospital and went home on 8/5/2011. My cabg x3 was March 26, 2018. If both legs are swollen soon after surgery but feel fine and are not discolored, the patient should always be DVT-conscious. I am 4 months post-op, and my cardiologist has told me that it is still ... I took a waterpill and rested the ankle did improve. I had very few almost imperceptible ... I am 4 months post-op, and my cardiologist has told me that it is still ... Extreme barometric changes seem to affect it also - when weather systems are coming in I get more swelling. Peace and good luck and future good health to everyone on this site. Redness and swelling in your leg or groin. It helps to know others experience similar side effects. She said it was a matter of gravity so I'm taking the elevating of legs to heart. To diagnose varicose veins, your doctor will do a physical exam, including looking at your legs while you're standing to check for swelling. The symptoms are odd but seem to be angina. The surgeon’s nurse told me that a much larger percentage of patients complain far more about their leg than their chest in the weeks, months and years after surgery. Take care - Every thing is right but i had a mild swelling in left knee. Postoperativeneuralgia in the legaftersaphenousvein coronaryarterybypassgraft means ofskin approximation. When You’re in the Hospital. Chiming in a tad late with my leg incision experience. 21 Replies, Hello all :) My hubby is only 2 weeks post CABGx2, he had a vein taken from his left calf and the other was a mammary artery, my question is ... Do this every few hours. Pray! I still have a lot of discomfort from nerves but mainly have pain in the upper left side of my chest from the mammary artery graft. Are you sure you want to delete this reply? This surgery uses a healthy blood vessel taken from your leg, arm, or chest and connects it to the other arteries in your heart so that blood is bypassed around the diseased or blocked area. Once identified, the definitive treatment for compartment syndrome of the lower leg is a decompressive fasciotomy of all 4 compartments. Well I’m eight months removed from open heart and I had a little pain in my leg with some serious swelling and the only thing I can tell you is to start walking get some circulation going through that leg rest is probably the worst thing you can do but I’m not a doctor but it worked for me so I hope that helps u. Recently, I developed a small DVT between my left ankle and knee. 29 Replies, Hi guys, Well 3 months post cabg and wearing a nitrous patch! for drainage. The Pain Gets Worse Before Getting Better; Most people say that the pain of vein surgery peaks on days 8-10 and then gets better. I am on metaprolol 25 mg/day and atorvastatin 80 mg/day. If you use the saphenous vein from your leg, there we have the advantage that this is a vein, not an artery. A few questions you may want to consider are: My surgery was May 22nd and it's August 8th. I am CABGx316 months now. My hunch is that the pain is related to the nerve damage that results from the removal of the vein but that’s just my theory. We sought to characterize forearm function and symptoms after RA harvest and compare these with those associated with saphenous vein (SV) removal. I guess it's just another wait time for healing, although my doctor wasn't too positive -- she said it may never go away. Heart Attack 6 weeks after CABG - Liklihood of unsuccessful Bypass surgery? Varicose veins most often appear in the legs, but they may also develop in other parts of the body. I'm taking a diurectic already, and I don't add salt + I buy reduced sodium products. You're probably right. Heavy chest/breathing feeling after CABG - Beta-blocker? 3 weeks after CABG X5. All tolerable. the doc will prescribe a diuretic regime. 30 Replies, I'm about to have bypass surgery please tell me how much pain should I expect after surgery ... A technique called ligation and stripping involves tying off the vein in the affected leg and then removing it. Do any of you, ten years after I went to the doctor the next day and he wasn't alarmed at all. Are you watching your salt intake? Learn More. This discussion is closed to comments. As of yesterday, I am applying a (prescription) ointment to my lower legs to help heal the red and raw skin, caused by edima. 10 Replies, Hello. THE SURGERY IS KNOWN AS " LESS ". Are you sure you want to delete this reply? 30 Replies, I am wondering if anyone reading this, who was recovering from the CABG, if you learned about and tried any special diet(s) and/or supplements ... Varicose veins are the puffy and twisted veins that you can see under the skin. In my case, climate plays a role. I've been a little out of this group for a while now. I started to notice a slight swelling at the top of my incision, which by-the-way, runs from just above my ankle to the top of my inner thigh, and I did not like the looks of it. I am enjoying rehab sessions and doing well. Wound healing impairment in the leg after removal of the saphenous vein within the framework of a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) operation represents a clinically significant problem. Lymphoscintigraphic examination of the affected leg revealed an impaired lymphatic drainage. Turned out I had more problem with the leg than the chest incision. I notice you are in Florida so probably have similar weather patterns. The surgeon had to perform a second surgery the next day because I clotted up. The swelling is the bodies reaction to the missing vein(s)--replacing it for now with fluids and all being hamperd by poor circulation, being the furthest away from the "pump", your heart. 3 Replies, I've seen several people mention more healing occurring in the second year after surgery. I had the fem pop by-pass in the left leg. The symptoms include recurrent pain in the leg, swelling and redness. Eat What You Want After the cast is removed, the area will be stiff and tender, due to being immobilized. Elevate your legs to the level of your heart that the leg from which the veins were taken. Recently this feeling has worsened to become at times a burning sensation. After removal and prep-aration of the vein, hemostasis was performed by the use Not been walking do it when it suits and then ... Varicose vein stripping is a surgical procedure that removes varicose veins from the legs or thighs. While in the hospital he was walking and doing just fine. Well for me it’s only been 10 weeks rather than 10 years but yes, I frequently get the burning, stinging type of of pain you describe in my lower leg where the vein was harvested. Hello DustyCarole. I am on metaprolol 25 mg/day and atorvastatin 80 mg/day. One of the benefits is the more rapic growth of "collateral" veins, to replace the major one harvested. Surgon say it is not ... When the weather is wet or cold it is much worse. exhausted after short walks, left leg hurts always, Diet and Supplements to Help Heal the Body After CABG, Read more posts in Life after heart bypass surgery. 15 Replies, Many of you were very supportive prior to me having a CABG to correct a genetic defect in my LAD. My name is Billy I had cabg x 4 with aortic valve replacement, Read more posts in Life after heart bypass surgery. I started having more soreness and leg pain ... Patients suffer from this complication, and treatment of the wounds is costly in terms of both time and money. 2 Replies, I am 50 years old and 3 weeks ago, had CABG X5. I live on the Gulf coast of SE Texas and the heat and humidity definitely seem to cause the swelling. Major leg wound complications after coronary artery bypass graft procedures are infrequent and few are reported in the literature. Thank you. Margaret. ", Carole: 3.) Despite the recent increased use of arterial conduits for coronary revascularization, the majority of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) operations use a venous conduit, harvested from the patient's legs. Have you tried elevating your feet? This is taking blood returning from your leg back to your heart. LEFT MAMMARY ARTERY WAS USED. 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