Leg Swelling Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group -  - Vein Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group

Vein Specialist located in Beverly Grove & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, & Glendale, CA

Leg swelling is a common health issue and not always serious; however, you may have a circulation problem if you have recurring leg swelling. At Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group, serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California, experienced vascular experts specialize in diagnosing and treating leg swelling. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Leg Swelling Q & A

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What is leg swelling?

Leg swelling may affect any part of your leg, including your feet, ankles, calves, or thighs. The swelling may occur from fluid retention or inflammation.

Though not always a serious health concern, leg swelling can be a symptom of an underlying health condition. 

What causes leg swelling?

Leg swelling may occur from a wide range of causes; some are less serious than others. Common causes of leg swelling include:

  • Prolonged sitting or standing
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Medication side effect

Leg swelling is also a symptom of circulation problems, including peripheral artery disease, venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

If you have edema in your leg along with leg pain or ankle discoloration, you may be experiencing a circulation problem that would benefit from a consultation with the experts at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group. 

What happens during a leg swelling evaluation?

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group takes a patient-centric, individualized approach to care. When you come in with concerns about leg swelling, your doctor conducts a thorough exam to find the root cause of your symptoms.

The vascular experts ask detailed questions about your symptoms and your medical and family history. Then, they perform a physical and run diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a circulation problem to explain your leg edema. 

Testing may include a Doppler ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. 

How is leg swelling treated?

Your doctor at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group creates a personalized treatment plan for your leg swelling based on the underlying cause. Treatment may include:

  • Diet modification
  • Exercise program
  • Compression stockings
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Keeping your feet elevated whenever possible

The Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group surgeons may recommend minimally invasive surgical treatments for specific circulation problems failing to improve with medical interventions.

Your surgeon may perform a lower extremity angioplasty for peripheral artery disease or place a vena cava filter for a DVT. If you have venous insufficiency, your doctor may recommend a procedure to destroy the vein, such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser treatment.

For help with your leg swelling, call Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group or schedule a consultation online today.