Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency

How is Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency Connected?

Vein problems can result in Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a condition in the legs that occur when the valves are not working properly causing swelling and pigmentation. When these valves are not working properly it makes it difficult for the blood to return to the heart, and as a result the blood tends to “pool” in the veins. It is essential you catch CVI early on before you start seeing tissues changes as these tissue changes leave you susceptible to wounds such as ulcers that are difficult to heal. Recent research shows that swelling of the legs in association with varicose veins is usually the result of lymphoedema.

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Lymphedema, 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 chronic venous insufficiency have changes in their lymphatic system. The attached chart by Tactile Medical (Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, Ph.D) shows how lymphatics can be impacted at each stage of the Comprehensive Classification System for Chronic Venous Disorders. The worse the leg disease the more likely there is to be swelling.

These conditions should be evaluated and effectively treated by the Doctors at The Vein Institute. Patients usually see a dramatic  improvement of lymphedema when CVI is treated with many patients feeling their legs lighter with less swelling.

Lymphedema Treatment-

We offer compression therapy to patients with Lymphedema. The Vein Institute partner with Bauerfeind Australia to supply patients with medical grade compression stockings and socks to reduce swelling and improve circulation in the event that treatment is not necessary.

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

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