LA Vascular Specialists

Vascular Specialists located in Beverly Hills, CA & Encino, CA

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.

What is lymphedema?

It 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.

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What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

The symptoms include:

Swelling in the extremities
A feeling of heaviness or tightness
Limited range of motion
Recurring infections
As the condition worsens, you might also experience fibrosis or hardening of the skin.

Who is at risk of lymphedema?

Anyone can develop this, 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.

When should I see a vein specialist about lymphedema?

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).

How is lymphedema diagnosed?

To diagnose it, 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.

How is lymphedema treated?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Your LA Vascular Specialists provider might recommend:

  • Oral antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression bandages or garments
  • Pneumatic compression (using an inflatable pump that helps drain lymph fluid)

If these treatments don’t provide lasting relief or you have severe lymphedema, surgery might be necessary.

To learn more about the treatment options, call LA Vascular Specialists or book an appointment online today.