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Question: post surgery pain

 1boogy - Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:52 am

My husband recently had surgery to repair clodication in his leg. The surgery was a little over a week ago and he fears the surgery was a failure as the pain that existed prior to surgery is still there when lying down and he is unable to sleep. The pain is not at the incision, but at the original location lower leg prior to surgery. Is this typical?
 Dr. A. Madia - Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:39 pm

User avatar Hi,

Claudication, better known as intermittant claudication is a classic symptom of clogged arteries of the legs. Typically there is no pain at rest. The pain starts after a fixed and predictible distance of walking, which is known as claudication distance. As the disease progresses this distance could get shorter. A stage comes when the blockages become so severe that ischemia- lack of blood supply due to blockage- persists even at rest and the person would get what is called 'rest pain'.

What stage your husband was in prior to operation? If he had pains only on walking, and now has them even at rest, then it is worthwhile to get to your surgeon and get some tests done. On the other hand if the character of pain is totally different from the one prior to surgery this might be some thing totally unrelated.


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