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    Numbness and burning sensation in right calf.
    MrLightRail posted:
    Just had a stent placed a couple of weeks ago, and the outside right thigh is numb, but burns, and is uncomfortable when I sleep on that side. I've never had this occur before from previous stent placements, and my doctor poo-pooh's it off. This is REALLY aggravating. On a side note, my lower part of my right leg is STILL numb after the surgeon pulled a vein for my bypass surgery a YEAR ago. This can't be right, can it?
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I've never had this occur before from previous stent placements, and my doctor poo-poohs it off. This is REALLY aggravating."

    Aggravating no doubt. Do feel free to get a second opinion.

    .......:"my lower part of my right leg is STILL numb after the surgeon pulled a vein for my bypass surgery a YEAR ago. This can't be right, can it?"

    In general, when the greater saphenous vein (GSV) is removed from the leg for use as coronary artery bypass conduits, more often than not, there are no major problems, as there are many so-called "redundant veins" in the leg, thus other veins take over/are suppose to take over, perform the same function.

    Swelling (edema), leg pain, or numbness (sometimes due to nerve damage) may/can occur after the particular surgery and continue on for a variable length of time (as everyone is unique), in some cases, being quite difficult to resolve.

    As applicable to the patient, if say, one has clinically significant or severe peripheral artery disease (PAD), this can make matters worse and delay or prevent full healing and recovery.

    My father had quad bypass in his late 70s to avoid a major heart attack, and the only lingering problem he had after recovery was that part of the long incision area (where the GSV was removed), where the knee bends, never healed properly, was reddened, slighlty swollen, and somewhat painful.

    The bottom line

    Coronary stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment, and bypass surgery is only a clever way of temporarily circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), as these procedures do not address the disease process and what drives the progression.

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (may/can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition requiring a continuum of care.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,


    WebMD member (since 8/99)



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    Paresthesias (e.g., tingling or numbness, skin crawling, burning sensation, prickly sensation) has various causes, some minor to life-threatening, even including a side effect from some prescription drugs, or it can correlate with, or be triggered off by other symptoms (such as pain). Most common areas affected are the hands, arms, legs and feet, though it can occur anywhere on the body.



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