Lymphedema is one of the most common symptoms of circulatory issues. If you regularly experience swollen legs, ankles, or feet, don’t wait to seek treatment. At LA Vascular Specialists, in Beverly Hills, Glendale, or Encino, California, Ramtin Massoudi, MD, and the team provide comprehensive care for lymphedema and can help you feel better. To make an appointment, call the nearest Los Angeles area office, or book online today.
Lymphedema occurs when your lymphatic system doesn’t drain properly. That causes protein-rich lymphatic fluid to build up in your extremities –– like your arms and legs –– resulting in swelling and a sensation of heaviness.
If you experience swelling in your arms, legs, or other parts of your body, contact the team at LA Vascular Specialists immediately. Treatment can reduce the risk of potentially serious issues, like slow-healing wounds, infection, and gangrene.
The symptoms of lymphedema include:
As the condition worsens, you might also experience fibrosis or hardening of the skin.
Anyone can develop lymphedema, but several factors increase your risk, including cancer and radiation treatment. For example, cancer cells can block the lymph nodes and prevent proper drainage, while radiation may scar or damage the lymph nodes.
Make an appointment with the team at LA Vascular Specialists if you develop swelling in your arm or leg and it lasts for more than a few days. That’s especially true if you have a history of circulatory issues, like heart disease, diabetes, or peripheral artery disease (PAD).
To diagnose lymphedema, your LA Vascular Specialists provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if you’ve experienced swelling in the past. Next, they perform a physical exam, carefully assessing the affected limb.
If the underlying cause isn’t obvious, your provider also orders diagnostic imaging, like an MRI, an ultrasound, or a CT scan. These procedures allow the team to identify underlying issues, like obstructions in your lymphatic or vascular system.
Treatment of lymphedema depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Your LA Vascular Specialists provider might recommend:
If these treatments don’t provide lasting relief or you have severe lymphedema, surgery might be necessary.
To learn more about the treatment options for lymphedema, call LA Vascular Specialists or book an appointment online today.