Lipedema is an infrequently recognized and often neglected disorder that almost always affects women. It poses a diagnostic challenge as one of the common disorders that is easily confused with lymphedema.
Lipedema is the disproportional accumulation of fat most commonly in the legs. The feet are usually sparred. The disease manifests typically after puberty. Women are affected almost exclusively. Men can develop it but usually as a result of a hormone disturbance.
Lymphedema is a condition in which an excessive amount of lymph (liquid with some solid parts) collects in one place in the body, causing edema (swelling) and later if not properly treated, skin problems. Lymphedema occurs most frequently in the arms and legs.
Lymphedema is most often a chronic condition and rarely cured, but it can generally be controlled by carefully following a treatment program.
Spider and Varicose Veins
Varicose or spider veins that are cosmetically unappealing or cause pain or other symptoms are prime candidates for treatment. There are two general treatment options: conservative measures, such as compression stockings or herbal remedies, and corrective measures such as sclerotherapy, surgery and light source/laser treatment.
In some cases, a combination of treatment methods works best. A number of factors go into determining the right treatment for you, including your desired outcomes and the severity of your condition. It’s important to discuss your treatment options with a vein care specialist.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a chronic and common circulatory condition that causes your arteries to become more narrow. Due to the fact your arteries are narrowed the blood flow to your lower limbs is reduced. When this happens your extremities (legs) don’t get the blood flow they need to function properly.
One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD. The obvious cause is a build up of plaque over time in the aging process. Additionally, people tend to be less active as they age. Lifestyle choices however, can cause someone to get PAD at a much earlier age.
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Alabama Vascular & Lymphatic Specialists provides the most comprehensive, progressive, and personal care available for venous disorders in the state of Alabama.
When you visit us you’ll be in caring hands. We will recommend the most suitable and minimally invasive procedures, the most effective treatment plan, and compassionate care with minimal recovery times.
Our team of health care providers, board certified doctors, and vascular surgeons have the most qualified experience providing diagnoses, treatment, and support for patients.