Edema (leg swelling) is caused by the buildup of extra fluid in the veins. It can be caused by a variety of conditions including venous insufficiency. It’s important to consider the different causes before completing vein treatment. Your phlebologist will need to consider other conditions including:
- Heart failure
- Liver or kidney disease
- Lymphatic dysfunction
- Blood clots
If your leg swelling is related to any one of the above conditions, it is unlikely to have significant improvement in swelling with vein treatment alone. You will be advised to seek consultation with your primary care physician or specialist for additional measures.
A diagnostic ultrasound performed at the varicose vein treatment center will evaluate for venous insufficiency and what relationship exists between varicose veins and swelling.