Primary lymphedema occurs when a person is born with a malfunctioning lymphatic system or a condition that causes lymphedema. Secondary lymphedema results from damage or disruption of the lymphatic system that blocks fluid drainage.
One of the most common causes of secondary lymphedema is cancer and cancer treatment, such as radiation and/or surgery. However, many patients don’t realize that lymphedema can often be caused by Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), an advanced stage of vein disease.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency or venous reflux can feature lymphedema as a symptom. If lymphedema symptoms occur as a result of a chronic vein issue, treatment such as laser vein ablation can reduce or eliminate lymphedema symptoms.
After fluid starts to accumulate and causes a swollen leg, arm, or other body parts, it will continue to accumulate without a comprehensive treatment plan. The sooner treatment for lymphedema begins, the sooner you can better manage your symptoms.