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How important is it to have surgery aftery been diagnosed with popliteal artery entrapment syndrome

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 17, 2015
  • 09:59 AM

I have been diagnosed with popliteal artery entrapment syndrome. Initially went to the doctor to have my right leg examined due to thrombosed varicose veins, pain and heavy feeling. Doctor recommended MR venogram. Results came telling me i have bilateral narrowing of popliteal artery. Right leg( which is my problem) showed narrowing but has formed alternate circulation somehow to supply blood to my lower limb. Doctor said they are more concern of my left leg ( which doesnt have any symptom at all) and told me the risk of having an ischemic episode is higher as theres no evidence of alternate circulation and that if the narrowing gets worse, it might result to more serious complications like amputation which got me so worried. he doesnt seem to help me a lot as he left me to decide whether to have it operated or not.. I asked what are the odds of having an ischemic episode but he seemed unsure and reserved with his answers. Now im so confuse.. Part of me wants to seek second opinion, as my left leg i believe is my healthy leg as i dont have any symptom whatsoever. I also want to know from others who may have known this condition as to whats the best course of action. I am really confuse. i work overseas, away from my family and not enough support if i have surgery. Thanks a lot.

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