Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics
Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM
Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist & Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX
Legs that feel heavy and have tight skin could be early indications of lymphedema or a defect in your lymphatic system. Hyperbaric medicine specialist Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM, treats lymphedema and the wounds that often result from it at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics in San Antonio, Texas. Schedule your lymphedema treatment consultation by phone or book online today.
Lymphedema Q & A
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a widespread condition occurring when lymph fluid builds up in the fatty tissue just below your skin. While it can happen to your limbs, most commonly your legs, lymphedema can affect almost any part of your body.
You may have some additional symptoms other than the swelling of the affected area. Lymphedema can also cause:
- Numbness or tingling
- The sensation of fullness or heaviness
- Limited mobility
- Trouble fitting into your clothes
Without treatment, lymphedema can worsen and lead to complications like skin concerns, fungal infections, and wounds that don’t heal quickly. Fortunately, Dr. Badam of Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics has the background and skill to treat or manage your lymphedema.
What causes lymphedema?
Lymphedema stems from damage to your lymphatic system, a network of nodes and vessels that carries lymph fluid throughout your body. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system and produces infection-fighting white blood cells.
Damage to the lymphatic system leading to lymphedema can happen in several ways. It might originate from:
- Cancer surgery to remove the lymph nodes
- Radiation therapy for cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Traumatic injuries
- Gene changes
Because of the damage, the lymph fluid cannot efficiently filter from your cells. The swelling worsens in stages, and you might experience skin tightness or a feeling of fullness in the area before you notice an expansion of its size.
How is lymphedema treated?
At Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, Dr. Badam helps you lower swelling and manage lymphedema. There are many nonoperative and home care options for lowering localized swelling from lymphedema. Exercise and a well-balanced diet can go a long way in treating the early stages of lymphedema.
One of the most effective treatments to reduce lymphedema swelling and the similar lower limb swelling that happens with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is compression therapy.
Dr. Badam gives you compression garments or bandages to wear tightly around the swelling. The garment or dressings are tightest at the bottom, encouraging upward fluid flow.
If you develop a wound or ulcer as a complication of lymphedema, Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). During HBOT, you spend time in a chamber with increased air pressure and oxygen.
A series of HBOT sessions restore healthy oxygen levels to your blood and other cells and enhance wound healing.
To treat your lymphedema swelling and complications with a customized care plan, call Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics or schedule an appointment online today.