Lymphedema refers to swelling of an arm or leg that is the direct result of a blockage in the lymphatic system. When lymph fluid cannot drain normally, the fluid builds up and results in uncomfortable swelling of one or more limbs. The condition is particularly prevalent in cancer survivors who have damaged or removed lymph nodes as a result of their disease and cancer treatment.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
Symptoms of lymphedema can range from very mild to uncomfortable enough to get in the way of daily activities. Common symptoms include:
Achiness or heaviness in the affected limb(s)
Swelling in the entire limb, including fingers or toes
Reduced flexibility and mobility in the affected limb
Skin changes in the affected limb, including tightening and discoloration
Recurring infections or sores in the affected limb
Lymphedema as a result of cancer treatment may not appear for months, or even years, after treatment. When symptoms appear, it is important to see a doctor for a thorough evaluation, diagnosis and treatment program to control symptoms and effectively manage the condition.
Treatment for Lymphedema
There is no cure for lymphedema at this time, but the condition can be effectively managed to minimize symptoms and prevent painful complications. Treatment options for lymphedema include:
Good nutrition and regular exercise
Cleaning of the affected limb daily to prevent infection
Protection of the affected limb through gloves, socks and other protective gear
Bandaging of the limb to encourage lymph flow into the body
Compression garments that reverse lymph flow and reduce swelling
Lymphedema can be a painful condition that impacts a patient’s quality of life. If you are dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of lymphedema, contact Specialty Vein Care to learn more about how to effectively manage the condition.
Vein conditions affect more than 30 million people in the United States today. Conditions range from spider veins that are little more than a cosmetic concern, to large, bulging varicose veins and skin sores caused by severe venous insufficiency. Affecting both men and women, successful treatment of vein conditions depends on an accurate diagnosis of the problem and recommendation for the best treatment option. At Specialty Vein Care, we offer the latest diagnostic tools to make a thorough evaluation of your vein condition, as well as a variety of treatment options that are customized for each patient’s specific needs.
Treating vein conditions is a complex process that requires accurate diagnosis of the condition and a
variety of options that are customized to each individual patient. At Specialty Vein Care, we provide
a wide range of treatment options, including sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation and microphlebectomy. Our
team works with each patient to offer a comfortable setting and the latest technology in vein treatment to
produce the best possible results.
Treatment for vein conditions can cause anxiety and uncertainty for some patients. At Specialty Vein Care,
we understand that patients are not always comfortable with the idea of seeking treatment for vein disease
and varicose veins. We strive to make the process as easy as possible for the patient, with education about
our various procedures, online forms for easy registration, and information about insurance plans and coverage.
Each patient that comes to Specialty Vein Care receives the highest quality of care in a comfortable office setting.