Vein specialist and board-certified general surgeon, Peter Morgan, MD, of the Lone Star Vein Center knows that vein complications can lead to swollen legs that impact functioning and might indicate a more serious underlying problem. With two office locations in Pasadena and The Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Morgan spends ample time addressing your individual concerns, alleviating pain and swelling, and diminishing unwanted visible veins. Use the online scheduling tool or call the office to visit Lone Star Vein Center.
Leg swelling can happen in any part of your legs, including your ankles, feet, calves, and thighs. It can result from fluid retention or from inflammation in diseased or injured joints and tissues.
Leg swelling caused by the buildup of fluid in your leg tissues is referred to as peripheral edema, and it can be caused by a problem with your circulatory system, your kidneys, or your lymphatic system.
You might experience swelling due to fluid buildup from being inactive, overweight, or after standing or sitting for a long time. In some cases, leg swelling can be the sign of a more serious disorder, such as a blood clot or heart disease.
The most common cause of leg swelling is varicose veins, wherein your veins in your legs lose their ability to carry your used blood out of your legs and back up to your heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver, to be filtered, replenished with oxygen and nutrients, and sent back out to your body. When this happens, there’s a higher pressure in your leg veins that can create leakage of fluid and other blood components into your leg outside of the blood vessels.
Inflammation can lead to swollen limbs that are often accompanied by pain. Many inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to swollen, puffy legs. Other causes of inflammation include:
If you have an infection or wound in your leg, your immune system might react, and your inflammatory markers can increase.
Dr. Morgan offers laser vein treatments that address varicose veins and vein disease -- the most common underlying cause of leg swelling. Laser technology delivers precise laser energy to heat and shrinks your vein wall, so it seals shut.
Most laser treatments are minimally invasive procedures performed with a local anesthetic and a small opening in your skin to insert the device and deliver the laser energy.
Choosing laser vein treatments is an excellent solution since there’s little to no downtime and impressive results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Morgan gives you plenty of information and ensures you’re fully prepared for your laser vein treatment.
If you’re dealing with leg swelling, call Lone Star Vein Center or book your personal consultation online.