They hadn't quite straightened my leg when they had finished so it was "stitched" partly bent making it very painful at first. Upon investigation there were still some stitches that hadn't dissolved and once these were cut everything was ok. Discussion. Foot swelling: Lower extremity swelling not unusual after saphenous vein harvesting. Pain resolved markedly after surgery; however, there was residual foot drop with impaired sensation over the dorsum of the foot. The causes of swelling in one leg may be similar to the other leg, but it is not unusual for different factors to cause the swelling in each leg. Thus, a relative increase in circulatory congestion which results in swelling. Lymphoscintigraphic examination of the affected leg revealed an impaired lymphatic drainage. I had similar after my bypass but mostly round the knee area. Rash went away and swelling went down, but still felt small lump under the.skin. Figured it was all due to the harvesting of the vein. Funny thing is that the more I worked out and walked the less swelling and could not feel the lump as much. 3. Once comfortable, he was transferred to the rehabilitation ward. May need support hose, get wound checked to be sure no infection. his foot. This is part of the reason why people who have veins taken out of their legs for heart surgery often times have residual swelling in the leg long after the vein harvest. I suspect that many cases of persistent swelling after vein ablations are due to phlebolymphedema. Although routine iliac vein stenting is controversial, the results of this study suggest that residual swelling after endovenous ablations can have little to do with the venous circulation. Although many people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) recover completely, up to 40 percent continue to experience symptoms in their arms or legs for years after their initial diagnosis. 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. https://www.annalsthoracicsurgery.org/article/S0003-4975(00)01414-4/fulltext Leg swelling can be caused by more than one factor such as venous insufficiency, obesity, increased right sided heart pressures and previous saphenous vein harvest for heart bypass surgery. My husaband had bypass surgery 12 days ago. Lower limb compartment syndrome following venous harvesting for CABG is rare [1–6] and multifactorial . Frequently, leg swelling is caused by more than one factor such as venous insufficiency, obesity, and previous saphenous vein harvest for heart bypass surgery. His entire leg and foot is bruised and still swollen - esp. Your circulation has not adjusted to the closure of a normal vein. 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