Leg Swelling

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center -  - Vascular Surgeon

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Vascular Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Port Jefferson Station, NY & Hauppauge, NY

While many people experience leg swelling from time to time, persistent swelling may be the first indication you have a more serious health issue. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, you can receive comprehensive, on-site diagnostic testing to determine the cause of swollen legs. At their offices in Hauppauge, Riverhead, and Port Jefferson Station, New York, the skilled vascular surgeons offer a variety of treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, to alleviate swelling and protect your vascular health. Find out more by calling the office nearest you or by requesting a consultation online today.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What causes leg swelling?

Swelling in your legs, also known as edema, can occur for a variety of reasons. Leg swelling can indicate a more serious problem involving your blood circulation or heart health. For this reason, you should schedule a diagnostic appointment at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center if you experience any swollen areas in your legs.

Common causes of leg swelling that require medical attention include:

  • Blood clots
  • Heart failure
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Lymph system blockage

You may also develop leg swelling if you use certain medications, are on hormone therapy, or stand or sit for long periods of time.

How is leg swelling assessed and diagnosed?

The medical team at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center offers the latest on-site diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your leg swelling. During your evaluation, your doctor discusses your health history, family history, and your usual activities.

You can expect a physical exam that allows your doctor to evaluate existing swelling and your overall health. They may perform diagnostic tests, such as a Doppler exam to identify blockages in your leg veins and arteries.

What treatments are available for leg swelling?

Treatment depends on the condition causing your leg swelling. Initially, your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center doctor may recommend diuretics, medications that help you eliminate excess fluids in your body.

You may also benefit from wearing compression stockings that prevent swelling and increase blood circulation in your legs. Elevating your legs at night and throughout the day, when possible, is also an effective way to reduce and prevent leg swelling.

If you have leg swelling due to narrowed blood vessels or a blood clot, your doctor may recommend surgery to prevent life-threatening health issues, such as a pulmonary embolism. This condition occurs when part of a blood clot breaks off and travels to your lungs.

Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle modifications to prevent swelling, such as losing weight, reducing salt intake, and staying physically active.

Don’t ignore leg swelling symptoms. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.