While most patients whom I treat are satisfied with the initial results of vein ablations, there are some patients who return with recurrent leg symptoms — sometimes months, but usually years after the initial treatment. I also have patients with recurrent symptoms previously treated by other surgeons.

These patients are often frustrated because they had no prior knowledge (or forgot) about the risk of recurrent chronic venous insufficiency. They sometimes come to see me, believing that the other surgeon made a mistake.