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When it comes to your vein health, Milner Vein & Vascular will help you get there!
Swollen legs are a very common symptom seen in patients with venous disease. Malfunctioning valves within the veins allow blood to pool, increasing the pressure within the veins. This creates a condition known as “edema,” in which fluid seeps out into the surrounding soft tissues and accumulates there, resulting in swelling and tightening of the skin. Edema can be very uncomfortable. Other causes of leg swelling include blood clots, heart problems, kidney dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, and liver damage.
In order to treat a patient’s leg swelling, the doctors at Milner Vein & Vascular must first determine the cause. The underlying condition must be treated to relieve any symptoms, and what works for swelling caused by venous insufficiency will not necessarily work for swelling caused by other conditions. A color duplex ultrasound exam will allow the doctor to identify whether the edema is caused by venous disease so that he can determine the most efficacious treatment.
Varicose veins are superficial veins that have become abnormally dilated due to improper blood flow. When working properly, veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves fail, blood pools and pressure builds with the veins, causing the veins to dilate and become more visible, as well as uncomfortable. Varicose veins can cause aching, itching, and throbbing, as well as burning and cramping.
Thanks to cutting-edge advancements in vein care, Milner Vein & Vascular in Lithonia can achieve excellent results in eliminating varicose veins with minimally-invasive procedures. Your doctor will perform an ultrasound to identify problem veins and determine the best course of treatment.
Leg Cramps/Peripheral Artery
Depending on the stage of venous disease, patients may experience a significant level of leg pain or discomfort. This pain happens for several different reasons. First, there are pain fibers in the walls of veins that sense when a vein is stretched. As the blood pools in the legs, pressure is generated and the veins become stretched causing pain. Secondly, as blood pools in the legs pressure pushes blood plasma into the soft tissues causing swelling of the lower legs. This puts undue pressure on the skin that causes pain and cramping.
Other symptoms of chronic venous disease include a feeling of heaviness in the legs, cramps, swelling, skin tightness and/or thickening, itching, and the formation of ulcers around the ankles. Sensations of pain may increase when the patient has been standing and may improve when the legs are elevated. For long-term relief, Milner Vein & Vascular will need to will need to treat the underlying cause of peripheral artery disease and not just the symptoms.
Dialysis Access Management
Milner Vein & Vascular offices in Hillendale and Lithonia have advanced medical equipment and services to properly manage dialysis access.
When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. But when they fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need dialysis.
Hemodialysis is most successful if your access is functioning well. But what happens when you have an issue with your fistula, graft or catheter? The most common access problems are an infection and low blood flow due to narrowing or blood clotting in the arteriovenous (AV) access. Narrowing, also known as stenosis, can lead to clot formation, which will reduce the overall effectiveness of your dialysis treatments, and eventually, blood flow through the access may stop.
Our outpatient facility provides the crucial care and maintenance needed to preserve or restore function to AV vascular accesses for dialysis patients.
Signs and symptoms you may need to seek medical advise:
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• Kidney inflammation (glomerulonephritis)
• Blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis)
• Kidney cysts