A Collaborative Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Swelling in the Legs
SLUCare Swelling Clinic Team (L-R): Dr. Adam Ring, Dr. Kyle Xu, Dr. Matt Smeds, Clinical Nurse Specialist Karen Gregory
Unexplained leg swelling may be a sign of a larger medical problem. Swollen limbs can indicate issues with the heart, kidneys, veins or lymphatic system. It could even signal a blood clot.
Patients should not wait to have unexplained swelling checked by a specialist. The SLUCare Swelling Clinic brings together experts in vascular surgery and plastic surgery to determine the root cause of the swelling and to treat the condition using the latest medical innovations and minimally invasive techniques.
Finding the Cause
In the SLUCare Swelling Clinic, our team will evaluate your condition, order any necessary tests, then determine which specialist is best suited to address your specific needs.
Venous diseases affect blood flow through the veins and may cause swelling, particularly in the lower body. If your condition is suspected to be a venous disease, you will be seen by a vascular surgeon: Dr. Matt Smeds or Dr. Adam Ring.
SLUCare vascular surgeons treat swelling due to:
- Blood clot in the legs (deep vein thrombosis or DVT)
- Heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Varicose veins
Lymphedema is a condition in which the lymphatic system, located just under the surface of the skin, fails to pump infection-fighting lymphatic fluid through the body. Instead, the fluid builds up beneath the skin, causing painful, heavy swelling in the arms or legs. Patients suspected of having lymphedema will see a plastic surgeon who specializes in lymphedema surgery: Dr. Kyle Xu.
A Team Approach to Treatment
When you partner with one of our doctors to treat your limb swelling, we will work in tandem with your other health care providers – your primary care physician, cardiologist or nephrologist, for example — to assure your condition is well managed at every level.
In our clinic, you will work not only with our physicians, but also with clinical nurse specialist Karen Gregory, who has more than 15 years’ experience in vascular and plastic surgery. You may see Karen for your initial evaluation, as well as for follow-up care, fittings for compression garments, or learning to use a mechanical pump to control the swelling in your limb.
Our purpose is to provide coordinated care from board-certified specialists who make managing your disease as easy and efficient as possible.
For an appointment in the SLUCare Swelling Clinic, call 314-977-6051.
SLUCare Swelling Clinic Location
Many venous procedures can be done in the suite at University Tower. Surgeries are performed at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.