Having swollen legs can indicate an underlying health condition that needs treatment right away. At Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC in Morgantown, West Virginia, vein specialist Carol White, MD, and her team treat leg swelling to relieve your discomfort and improve your overall health. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.
Leg swelling happens when fluid builds up in one or both of your legs for one of many different reasons. One reason for this fluid buildup is lymphedema, which occurs when damaged lymph vessels cause fluid to accumulate in your body, typically your arms and legs.
There are two types of lymphedema, and Dr. White treats both of them at Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC. After a thorough evaluation, she might diagnose you with:
Primary lymphedema, a genetic and rare condition, causes leg swelling due to a deformity in the lymph system. This condition can appear at birth or the symptoms may not occur until later in life.
Secondary lymphedema develops as the result of an underlying condition, infection, surgery, or traumatic injury.
Lymphedema may cause mild-to-severe leg swelling, and it’s a progressive disease that needs early treatment to properly manage your symptoms.
There are many possible causes of leg swelling. Dr. White requests details about your medical history and performs a general physical examination to identify the cause of your leg swelling before she recommends treatments.
Beyond lymphedema, you may have another type of fluid accumulation called peripheral edema. Peripheral edema arises from conditions such as:
In order to make sure your diagnosis is accurate, Dr. White may perform blood tests and vascular imaging such as Duplex ultrasound to accurately diagnose the cause of your leg swelling.
Dr. White and the team use several approaches to treat leg swelling at Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC. Treatment for lymphedema focuses on reducing your swelling and pain using therapies such as wrapping, massage, and compression. In some cases, microsurgery may improve lymph drainage.
If your leg swelling comes from an underlying vascular condition, treating that problem relieves the swelling and lowers your risk of additional complications.
Two vascular conditions that commonly cause leg swelling are venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Dr. White treats these conditions using the VenaSeal™ Closure System or the ClosureFast™ Procedure.
Both procedures close the damaged vein, and then your body restores normal circulation by rerouting the flow of blood through healthy veins. As a result, your varicose veins disappear, venous insufficiency is eliminated, and leg swelling goes away.
VenaSeal is a medical-grade adhesive that closes the vein by sealing the walls together. Dr. White guides a narrow catheter through your vein, releases a small amount of adhesive from the catheter, and then applies gentle pressure for a short time.
ClosureFast seals the vein using controlled heat from radiofrequency energy. Dr. White also performs this procedure, called radiofrequency ablation, using a narrow catheter inserted into the targeted vein.
For more information on leg swelling and common causes, call Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC or request an appointment online today.