Leg swelling is a common problem that affects millions of Americans and can be disabling for many. There are various causes of leg swelling, including vascular problems. Things that are important to help with determining the cause of swelling include its timing, if it is associated with pain, and other symptoms and findings that are associated. Testing to evaluate for leg swelling should be done after a thorough history and physical examination and treatment is directed at the cause. Vascular specialist Carmel Celestin, MD and vascular surgeon Sunita Srivastava, MD will answer your questions about leg swelling, diagnostic testing and vascular symptoms.
Carmel Celestin, MD, is a vascular medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic Florida in the department of vascular medicine. She is board-certified in vascular medicine and internal medicine, specializing in treatment for blood clotting disorders, peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, carotid and renal artery disease, fibromuscular dysplasia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, anticoagulant therapy and aortic aneurysms.
Dr. Celestin has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Her research has focused on venous thrombosis. Dr. Celestin is interested in lower-extremity edema, peripheral arterial disease, upper-extremity disorders, Raynaud’s and hypercoagulable states. She has authored papers, abstracts and book chapters.
Dr. Celestin is a Fellow of the Society for Vascular Medicine and serves on the Vascular Diseases Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C., completed her internship and residency at Baystate Medical Center, an affiliate of Tufts University in Springfield, Mass.
Sunita D. Srivastava, MD, FACS, is a vascular surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. She is board-certified in general and vascular surgery, specializing in surgical and endovascular approaches to arterial and venous diseases, aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease and renal artery occlusive disease.
Dr. Srivastava's clinical research focuses on abdominal aortic and thoracic aortic endografting and the development of new devices and technology for endovascular surgery. She has been invited to present her research and clinical experiences at international and national medical conferences and symposia. She has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and articles in medical textbooks and journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Srivastava is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, the Society for Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, the Academy of Transcatheter Therapy and the American Medical Association. She also serves on several committees for the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Women's Professional Staff Association at Cleveland Clinic.