Vein Conditions & Lymphedema
Vein problems such as chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins can cause discomfort, swelling and pain. Lymphedema, or poor fluid drainage from the lymphatic system, may produce severe swelling.
These conditions may be effectively evaluated and treated by the specialists at the Blank Vascular Center at Abington – Jefferson Health.
Causes of Conditions
Blood flow reaches the heart through valves along the veins. Chronic venous insufficiency arises when valves in deep veins are damaged. Varicose veins have valves that don’t work correctly, causing blood to collect and veins to swell. Spider veins, usually found near the skin’s surface, are small and harmless.
Injury to the lymphatic system, resulting in lymphedema, may be due to the damage or removal of lymph nodes in cancer surgery or radiation, vein harvest for heart surgery or trauma.
Treatments for Vein Disorders & Lymphedema
Our vascular experts use Doppler ultrasound and special imaging techniques to evaluate vein problems. Lifestyle adjustments such as elevating the legs, daily activity and compression therapy may help. Outpatient treatments and minimally invasive procedures may seal off or remove damaged veins and restore blood flow.
Lymphedema is treated with compression therapy and pumps as well as lifestyle changes.