Lymphedema / Leg Swelling
Lymphedema comes in many forms, from mild ankle swelling at the end of a long day to persistent swollen legs with skin changes, blisters, and drainage. Since swelling may be the first and sometimes only symptom of an underlying problem, seeing a specialist is important to avoid a delay in diagnosis and treatment. If you have unexplained leg swelling, call Vein Specialists of the South, LLC today to schedule your evaluation.
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Are Painful Swollen Legs Preventing You from Enjoying an Evening Out with Friends?
Are You Experiencing these Lymphedema Symptoms?
- Swelling of all or part of the leg, including the foot
- Hardening or thickening of the skin
- Water blisters, watery weeping
- Recurring infections
- Restricted range of motion
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Lymphedema / Leg Swelling Evaluation
Your initial evaluation for swelling includes a medical history, physical exam, and duplex ultrasound. With this information a treatment strategy can be developed. If it appears your swelling is related to an underlying medical condition a referral to your primary care provider is made.
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What Causes Leg Swelling?
There is a delicate balance in the blood and lymphatic flow in the legs. Working together they deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells and remove the waste products and fluid that accumulates at the cellular level. They, also, assist in defense against infection. When these systems are not working properly, leg swelling may occur.
Lymphedema Risk Factors
Immobility: Conditions that limit mobility like strokes, fractures, arthritis, and failing health.
Infection: Cellulitis or infection may trigger the development of lymphedema.
Inherited Lymphatic Disease: Onset at birth, adolescence, early adulthood.
Acquired Lymphatic Disease: Damage from surgery, lymph node removal, radiation, trauma, parasitic infection
Medical Conditions: Heart disease/failure, thyroid, liver disease and kidney disease and cancer.
Medications: Your pharmacist can determine if your medications cause swelling.
Venous Disease: Venous blood flow (reflux) overloads the vascular/lymphatic systems.
Lymphedema Treatment Options
Vein Specialists of the South offers innovative minimally invasive non-surgical office based treatments for lymphedema. The Vein Specialists team treatments are designed to give you BetterLooking® legs and Better Veins for Life®.
Treatments for leg swelling include: