Swelling, which is also called “edema”, is a fairly common symptom of numerous medical conditions, some of which are heart failure or renal failure, for example. It is, therefore, often times confused with other diseases. The important difference between edema of venous insufficiency is the fact that the swelling is limited only to the legs and feet, since the cause of it is in our lower extremities. In other words, the mechanism of it is local and not central. In many other conditions, such as the mentioned above ones, the mechanism of swelling is central, or affecting the entire body. In other diseases, the edema not just decreases during the night, but moves to other, so-called “dependent” places of our body, while with venous insufficiency, the edema decreases by the morning, but does not relocate somewhere else. Based on the above, the often mistakenly prescribed diuretics (water pills) are not only not indicated, but are contraindicated for treatment of edema of venous insufficiency, since it represents not an excessive amount of water in the body, like in cardiac failure, but rather abnormal distribution of normal amount of water due to leaking valves in superficial veins. Coincidentally, venous edema is often being confused with lymphedema, extremely rare and very different type of swelling. Lymphedema is retention of lymphatic fluid in the soft tissue. It can occur as a result of a tropical parasitic condition called “filariasis” which is non-existent in the United States. It can also be congenital, being already obvious at the very early age. Finally, it can be a side effect of certain surgeries.
New York Vein Treatment center focuses on treating edema and other symptoms and complications of venous disorders. We helped thousands of patients in the New York area. Call or contact us to schedule your consultation.
Visiting Dr. Khitin was a refreshing experience. I've visited multiple physicians and it looks like most of them treated me like a number. Dr. Khitin has an amazing ability to patiently explain all of the intricacies of the disease. Treatment went smooth. I feel 15 years younger! Thanks doc! –Anastasia L., Manhattan NY
I usually don't write reviews, but I feel that Dr. Lev literally saved my leg. I am 35 and not the typical patient for this kind of stuff, but I had an open ulcer on my leg for 3 years!!! Compression, creams, special diet - nothing helped. After Dr. K's treatment, the ulcer slowly began disappearing and it was gone in 6 weeks. If you ever had an ulcer, you know exactly how I felt! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! – Mike B., Fair Lawn NJ
I was referred to Dr. Khitin by my primary after suffering for many years from restless leg syndrome and varicose veins. Dr. Khitin is the best! Knowledgeable, experienced, but most importantly, he cares! Relief came shortly after the very first treatment. Definitely recommend this doctor. –Samantha K., Manhattan NY
What a wonderful experience I've had! The problems with my legs are gone! I only wish I came here much earlier! Thank you, thank you, thank you! –Christine P., Manhattan NY
Thank you so much for all your terrific work. I have spent over a decade trying to find the right doctor, while my legs have been getting worse and worse. Dr. Khitin has changed my life and returned my freedom: finally, I can walk independently! –Donna W., Manhattan NY
The most outstanding treatment I have received! All questions answered, tests done, procedures performed and I feel like a new person in no time! Thank you so very much! –Peter R., Philadelphia PA
I have suffered from trophic ulcers for 28 years until I got to Dr. Khitin’s office! He has literally saved my legs! If you have problems with your legs and do not want to get an amputation, do not see any other physician: do see Dr. Khitin right away! –Bob from UPS, NY
I have traveled thousands of miles to see Dr. Khitin, who literally returned me my health back! Thank you and all your staff for the most wonderful experience! –Dominique S., Montreal, Canada
On behalf of my father, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your hard work and dedication: you have returned my dad his life and independence back: previously wheel-chair bound for years, now he is walking by himself! –Andre Y., Newark NJ