If you have cancer or undergo radiation therapy, your risk for lymphedema increases. At One Vein Clinic, Fawzi Farha, MD, offers in-office evaluations to assess the severity of leg swelling and other symptoms lymphedema can cause. Dr. Farha works closely with you to ease swelling and restore range of motion in your limbs. He also provides ongoing care to reduce your risk factors for recurrent infections and other complications lymphedema can cause. If you have fluid build-up or other symptoms of lymphedema, call the office in Augustine, Florida, to schedule an evaluation or book an appointment online today.
Lymphedema describes tissue swelling that occurs because of a build up of fluids. Typically, your lymphatic system helps drain protein-rich fluids out of your body. Your lymph nodes also filter blood and other fluids and contain cells that fight infections and diseases like cancer.
When vessels in your lymphatic system aren’t working properly, they may not drain away enough fluids from your arms, legs, or abdomen. You might be at increased risk for lymphedema if cancer cells block lymph vessels or if you undergo radiation therapy or surgery as a treatment for cancer.
Your risk for lymphedema may also increase because of obesity, older age, or certain types of arthritis. Some people can develop lymphedema because of genetic issues that affect the development of their lymphatic system.
Without treatment, lymphedema can cause infections in the trapped fluids and tissues. Infections can spread into your bloodstream and cause a potentially life-threatening sepsis infection.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at One Vein Clinic if you have symptoms of lymphedema like:
Dr. Farha assesses your symptoms and reviews your risk factors for lymphedema. He may request blood work or diagnostic imaging tests to evaluate the function of your lymphatic system.
While there’s no cure for lymphedema, Dr. Farha creates a treatment plan to relieve swelling and reduce your risk for additional health complications. He may recommend antibiotics to clear any infections you develop in your skin or inner tissues.
You may also need to learn techniques and exercises that help reduce swelling and wear compression garments to prevent fluids from building up.
If nonsurgical strategies aren’t enough to treat lymphedema symptoms, Dr. Farha can discuss your options for surgery. Some people may need a lymph node transplant or surgery to create new drainage paths in the body to better manage lymphedema symptoms.
Dr. Farha can also provide guidance to protect your skin from injuries that can lead to infections and may recommend resources that help you cope with the effect lymphedema has on your life.
Call One Vein Clinic to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of lymphedema or book an appointment online today.