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Lymphedema in Prosper, TX

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What is Lymphedema?

At Vitality Vein Care, we often see a number of men and women who suffer from lymphedema, or chronic leg swelling. As of today, there is no known cure for lymphedema; however, with early diagnosis and care, it can be managed. Board-certified vein specialists Drs. Aaron Roberts and Bradley Hart offer diagnosis and treatment for lymphedema at their Prosper, TX office. Often a symptom of a larger issue, we can help treat the underlying cause of your leg swelling to help you find comfort and ease with your everyday activities. For more information, contact Vitality Vein Care in Prosper, TX today.


What Are the Benefits of Lymphedema Treatment?

At Vitality Vein Care in Prosper, TX, our approach to Lymphedema treatment is designed to offer comprehensive benefits that address both the physical and emotional aspects of the condition. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to deliver effective relief and long-term management strategies. Some of the benefits that our tailored Lymphedema treatment programs provide include:

  • Decreased swelling and discomfort
  • Enhanced mobility
  • Better skin health
  • Minimized infection risk
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Enhanced limb appearance and skin quality
  • Reduced fluid accumulation
  • Increased activity levels
  • Enhanced mental well-being
  • Customized treatment plans

What causes lymphedema?

The lymphatic system (part of the immune system) has many functions that include maintaining body fluid levels and removing waste. When the lymphatic system is damaged in some way, it can no longer drain fluid properly from the extremities. This fluid build-up causes swelling or a feeling of heaviness in the affected areas. Lymphedema can be caused by a number of different conditions, including:

  • Cancer treatments such as radiation therapy or surgery
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Genetics
  • Lack of activity

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

Lymphedema presents itself differently in everyone based on the underlying cause, severity, and location of the swelling. Common symptoms associated with the condition include:

  • Aching or discomfort
  • A feeling of heaviness or fullness
  • Tightening sensation
  • Swelling of the foot, ankle, leg, or arm
  • Restricted range of motion

Anyone experiencing these symptoms is encouraged to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Vitality Vein Care’s board-certified vein specialists have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and treat your condition so you can get back to your everyday activities.

What Are the Risk Factors of Lymphedema?

Risk factors for lymphedema include previous cancer treatments such as radiation or surgery that involve lymph node removal, which can disrupt normal lymphatic flow. Genetic predisposition also plays a significant role, as some individuals inherit this condition. Other risks include infections or trauma that can damage the lymphatic system, and chronic conditions like obesity or heart disease that increase the risk of fluid accumulation. It’s important for those with these risk factors to discuss potential preventive measures with healthcare providers like those at Vitality Vein Care.

How Is Lymphedema Diagnosed?

Diagnosing lymphedema at Vitality Vein Care in Prosper, TX, often starts with a physical examination where one of our vein specialists looks for swelling and changes in the skin. They may also ask about any history of surgeries or injuries. An imaging test, like a lymphoscintigraphy, can be performed. This is when a dye is injected to observe lymph flow, highlighting blockages. Another standard test is the bioimpedance analysis, which measures the amount of fluid in the limbs. While these tests are important, it's essential to differentiate lymphedema from other conditions that cause swelling, such as venous insufficiency. Diagnosing lymphedema involves a blend of clinical assessment and advanced imaging techniques, ensuring an accurate diagnosis and the best possible care for the patient.

What are my Lymphedema Treatment Options?

While there is currently no cure for lymphedema, there are a variety of treatment options to reduce swelling and prevent future swelling. Better results are usually seen when diagnosed early on so it's important to reach out as soon as something feels off. At Vitality Vein Care, we consider a number of treatment options to create a unique treatment plan for you. Common treatments include:

  • Compression garments: This includes wraps, socks, and sleeves.
  • Manual lymphatic drainage massage: This helps move excess fluid out of the legs and in the proper direction through undamaged lymph channels.
  • Lymphedema supplements and medications: These can help decrease the volume in the legs or arms and may reduce any future progression.
  • Correcting the underlying venous problem: This can help improve swelling.
  • Exercise: This encourages lymph drainage, and our team can provide some exercise techniques that will focus on specific muscle movements.

What to Expect After Lymphedema Treatment

Vitality Vein Care provides detailed information regarding your specific plan and what you can expect afterward. Side effects vary among patients but can include short-term soreness or a feeling of tightness in the treatment area. Generally, you can expect to see an improvement within a short period, but it is important to follow our instructions closely and attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled for the best possible results. We understand how lymphedema can affect your life and we are dedicated to helping you find relief.

Lymphedema FAQs

What causes lymphedema?
Lymphedema, or chronic leg swelling, is a condition that could be the result of genetics, certain medical conditions, or trauma to the legs. While lymphedema may seem scary and you may have questions about how it occurs, Vitality Vein Care can provide helpful treatment options to address these causes.

How is lymphedema diagnosed?
Vitality Vein Care will provide a comprehensive evaluation before making an official diagnosis. We may ask about your medical history and family history of lymphedema. Additional testing may also be performed as needed. Our goal is to understand the root cause of your swollen legs so we can move forward with effective treatment.

Will exercise treat my lymphedema?
Not necessarily, but making healthy lifestyle changes that involve regular exercise is always a good idea. In fact, exercise using certain techniques encourage proper lymph drainage. However, exercise may not be enough to treat your swollen. Our specialists can make recommendations when you come in for a health assessment in Prosper, TX.

What should I do if I notice signs of infection in an area affected by lymphedema?
If you notice signs of infection, such as increased redness, warmth, pain, or fever in an area affected by lymphedema, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Infections in lymphedematous areas can progress rapidly and may require prompt antibiotic treatment. Contact Vitality Vein Care or your healthcare provider as soon as possible to get the appropriate care.

Can lymphedema affect other parts of my body besides my legs?
Yes, lymphedema can affect other parts of the body, including the arms, face, neck, and abdomen, although it is most commonly seen in the legs. The condition results from a compromised lymphatic system, which can lead to fluid accumulation in any part of the body. If you suspect lymphedema in other areas, it is important to discuss these symptoms with a healthcare provider at Vitality Vein Care for a thorough evaluation.

How can I manage discomfort associated with lymphedema?
Managing discomfort associated with lymphedema involves a combination of approaches, including proper skin care, compression garments, gentle exercise, and, in some cases, manual lymphatic drainage therapy. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also help alleviate pain. It's important to follow a plan tailored to your specific needs by a healthcare professional at Vitality Vein Care.

Reduce Swollen Legs and Puffy Ankles

If you have swollen legs and/or arms or puffy ankles, it could be a sign of lymphedema. This condition could cause occasional puffy ankles, persistent swelling of the legs, blisters, or even something else. While there is no cure for this condition, there are ways to alleviate symptoms so you can find relief and improve your quality of life. Our team of board-certified lymphatic experts, Drs. Bradley Hart and Aaron Roberts, offers lymphedema treatment at Vitality Vein Care. For more information, contact our Prosper, TX office today.

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