How is Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency Connected?

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition in the legs that occurs when the valves are not working properly, and can cause swelling and pigmentation. Because these valves are not working properly, it makes it difficult for the blood to return to the heart, therefore the blood pools in the veins. It is essential you catch CVI in its early stages, before you start seeing tissue changes. These tissue changes leave you susceptible to wounds that are difficult to heal. Recent research shows that swelling of the legs in association with varicose veins is usually the result of lymphoedema.


Leg Lymphoedema

Leg swelling can be caused by varicose veins in association with chronic venous insufficiency.


Lymphoedema, or poor fluid drainage from the lymphatic systems, is swelling that is caused by a collection of too much lymph fluid. It usually happens in your arms and legs, but is not uncommon to occur in other places of the body. This swelling may cause pain and limit how well the affected area moves. Lymphedema can be a result of damaged lymph nodes from cancer treatment and a result of infection, injury or trauma of areas of the body.

Patients with CVI experience changes in their lymphatic system. This chart by Tactile Medical (Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, PhD), shows how lymphatics can be impacted at each stage of Chronic Venous Disorders. The worse the leg disease, the more likely there is to be swelling.


Lymphoedema with varicose veins

Lymphatics drainage changes with varicose veins.


Lymphedema Treatment

We offer specialised compression therapy to patients with Lymphoedema. Partnered with Bauerfeind Australia, The Vein Institute supplies patients with medical grade compression stockings as part of their vein treatment. By using 3d measurement, fitted stockings are provided to patients in order to reduce swelling and improve circulation. Compression stockings can be above the knee or below the knee, depending on treatment needs. When treating CVI, patients usually see a dramatic improvement of lymphedema, with many patients feeling their legs lighter with less swelling. 

Compression Stockings for varicose vein treatment aftercare

Varicose Vein Treatment

We offer a range of non-surgical treatment options such as Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Therapy, Venaseal “Medical Super Glue”. Speak to one of our experts at The Vein Institute today to discuss your options.

Reference: Sevick-Muraca, E.  Retrieved from

Dr Zil Yassine

Dr Zil Yassine (BA MBBS Uni. NSW, MA Harvard, Fellow (College of Phlebology UK) specialises in the non surgical treatment of varicose veins. He completed training as a Specialist General Practitioner (FRACGP 2014) in Sydney before successfully completing the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine examinations that same year. He has been a doctor for over 10 years and has performed thousands of venous interventions and gives talks on vein treatments at vascular surgeon conferences. Dr Yassine also holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Surgery (UNSW), Masters of Arts (Harvard University), Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Phlebology (ACP).