Do you have chronic swelling in your legs?

Blood is not the only fluid that flows through bodily tissues. Lymph fluid, also called interstitial fluid, carries white blood cells through the body and also processes out toxins, waste, and bacteria.  Lymphatic channels throughout the body carry this fluid back to the central circulation and dysfunction of this system as well as the venous system will result in swelling of the limbs.

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What is Phlebolymphedema?

The circulatory and lymphatic systems are involved in a delicate balance of blood and lymph fluid flow throughout the body. Phlebolymphedema is chronic swelling (edema) caused by venous and lymphatic insufficiency. Interstitial fluid builds up in the soft tissues and is a life-long condition that can be difficult to manage. At The Vascular Experts Florida, we evaluate and thoroughly educate our patients on phlebolymphedema to determine which treatments best manage the individual patient’s condition.

Symptoms of phlebolymphedema include:

  • Swelling of a portion of or the entire leg, including toes
  • Heaviness or tightness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of joint flexibility
  • Discomfort or aching 
  • Infections
  • Skin hardening, thickening, or discoloration

It’s common for edema to be worse at the end of the day or a prolonged period of sitting or standing. Swelling that is caused by lymphatic disturbances doesn’t resolve as easily with leg elevation and is a cause for concern.

What Treatments are Available for Phlebolymphedema?

While there is no cure, there are therapies to resolve venous insufficiency and relieve pressure caused by phlebolymphedema.

Compression treatments to reduce swelling in the affected area, such as static compression wraps or dynamic compression pumps. These provide a pressure gradient to encourage fluid to flow toward the body’s core rather than the extremities.

Manual compression is a form of massage for the purposes of manual lymph drainage.

Light exercise stimulates the muscles to move fluid out of the swelled area and increase lymph flow.

Compression garments designed to provide constant static compression.

Surgical treatments have been described but their results are not as effective and sometimes cause significant morbidity. These include procedures to remove excess tissue for improved mobility or to transfer lymph nodes or create lymphovenous bypasses to improve the flow of interstitial fluid.

What Results Will I See?

Lymphedema is a chronic condition, but with consistent treatment, the symptoms can be managed and quality of life maintained.

Is There Any Downtime?

Only surgical interventions require recovery time, and those vary depending on the severity of the phlebolymphedema and the type of surgery performed.

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