TLC Medical Group Inc
Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Leg swelling may seem like a fairly harmless symptom at first, but without treatment, it could become a serious problem. If you have swollen legs, board-certified cardiovascular expert Anthony Lewis, MD, FACC, of TLC Medical Group Inc in Port St. Lucie, Florida, can help. Dr. Lewis has considerable experience in diagnosing leg swelling and employs leading treatments such as ClosureFast™ radiofrequency ablation to treat underlying venous insufficiency. Call TLC Medical Group Inc to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Leg Swelling Q & A
What are the causes of leg swelling?
Leg swelling may have several causes, but the most likely one is edema — a buildup of fluid in your lower legs. Edema may occur if you have chronic venous insufficiency, a condition affecting the valves in your legs.
These valves help get blood back to your heart from your legs by forming a one-way system. As your leg muscles move, they pump the blood upward through the valves. These valves close to hold the blood in place, and then open as the leg muscle pumps again.
Chronic venous insufficiency arises when the valves in your leg veins get too weak or damaged to close properly, which means some blood can trickle back down the vein. It then gathers, forming discolored varicose veins.
What other symptoms might accompany leg swelling?
Leg swelling and venous insufficiency can cause inflammation to develop in your legs, so you could experience symptoms such as:
- Leg pain
- Night cramps
- Restless legs
- Swollen legs
- Discoloration of the skin around the veins
If you don't get timely treatment for your chronic venous insufficiency, it leads to leg swelling due to the tissues breaking down and releasing fluid. In turn, this can lead to painful leg ulcers.
TLC Medical Group Inc has on-site diagnostic ultrasound to assess your vein health and the causes of your leg swelling.
What treatment might leg swelling require?
Conservative approaches such as medical-grade compression stockings may help mild and painless leg swelling. Improving the health of your legs and circulation can also be beneficial, so you should lose weight, get more exercise, and keep your legs moving.
TLC Medical Group Inc also offers advanced, minimally invasive treatments to address the problem veins causing your leg swelling. These treatments include:
ClosureFast™ and VENCLOSE™ are advanced techniques that use radiofrequency energy to heat the diseased veins. The treated veins collapse, preventing blood from flowing through them, then eventually disappear.
Sclerotherapy achieves a similar outcome to radiofrequency ablation but uses an injection of a liquid or foam irritant into the problem vein.
Phlebectomy involves the removal of diseased veins through tiny incisions. TLC Medical Group Inc performs microphlebectomy, exit phlebectomy, and stab phlebectomy.
If you have leg swelling, find out what's causing it and get prompt, expert treatment at TLC Medical Group Inc. Call their office or book an appointment online today.