Limb swelling — or edema — is a common symptom related to vein disease. While some inflammation or fluid retention can be minor, it can also signify a more complicated condition, such as lymphedema and vein disease. Texas Vein & Wellness Institute can help provide guidance on your condition and offer effective treatment options to manage symptoms.

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the body. This can often affect your legs when the fluid pools instead of circulating through your lymph nodes. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, with some of the most common signs of lymphedema being swelling, discomfort and some pain. You may also experience a feeling of heaviness or tightness in your legs with a restricted range of motion.

What Causes Lymphedema?

Vein diseases — such as varicose veins — can cause lymphedema if they are left untreated. Usually, your lymphatic system collects any excess fluid and waste from your cells and returns them to your bloodstream to be flushed. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when your vein valves cannot effectively pump blood back up to the heart. 

Leaving these venous issues untreated can eventually cause tissue changes, making you more susceptible to frequent wounds and swelling. If there is a problem with your bloodstream in the first place, this can cause lymphedema to form as the fluid cannot drain properly.

How We Can Treat Lymphedema at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute

To treat lymphedema caused by venous insufficiencies, we must first address the underlying issue with our long-lasting, minimally invasive procedures. Texas Vein & Wellness Institute has various treatments for varicose veins and other vein diseases.

Our experts can help you choose from the following treatments based on your specific circumstances:

  • Radiofrequency ablation: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure replacing traditional vein stripping treatment. RFA uses radiofrequency energy to introduce heat through a thin catheter in the problem vein. This heat will then close and permanently seal the vein, rerouting blood to healthier nearby veins.
  • Sclerotherapy: Texas Vein & Wellness Institute uses ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat abnormal veins. This technology properly targets veins, and a specialist will inject a sclerosant solution to close off the problem vein.
  • VenaSeal: VenaSeal is a recent advancement in treatments for varicose veins. This treatment uses a glue-like substance to close a vein and redirect blood flow to new veins.

Benefits of Working With Texas Vein & Wellness Institute

At Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, we are committed to listening to our patients and providing them with the best treatment solutions possible. We embody our five pillars to provide excellent service while prioritizing your safety, comfort and well-being:

  • Our staff is purposeful, efficient and organized for each office visit.
  • We treat our patients with respect and positivity.
  • We approach each patient with individuality.
  • Texas Vein & Wellness Institute is committed to serving our Houston community.
  • Our team stays up-to-date on the latest advancements to keep every experience excellent.

Reach Out to Our Experts Today

Are you ready to take the next step toward relief from lymphedema? Contact us at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute to schedule your consultation today.

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