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Dr. Warren Foster
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Bilateral pitting edema. And veins showing on feet causing this? Had for about a month now.Causes?I am over weight. I just had umbilical surgery 6week

Bilateral pitting edema. And veins showing on feet causing this? Had for about a month now.Causes?I am over weight. I just had umbilical surgery 6week

Bilateral edema: Call your doctor or go to ER today. may be due to clots(after surgery) , scarring, venous stasis, increased abdominal pressure.( abdominal HTN). Elevate feet, do not wear tight socks. May need diuretic to remove fluid Would also check EF and heart echocardiogram. Check BP. f/u w/doc ER today ...Read more

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Doctor said bilateral peripheral edema is caused by my obesity?Should I get another opinion?recently had umbilical hernia surgery haven't been active.

Doctor said bilateral peripheral edema is caused by my obesity?Should I get another opinion?recently had umbilical hernia surgery haven't been active.

Obesity-->edema.: Because of the increase in intra-abdominal pressure due to obesity, venous return of blood from the legs to the heart is impaired, leading to fluid accumulation in the legs. Granted other things could cause this edema, but obesity is one possible cause. Losing weight will obviously help. ...Read more

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How long does it take for edema to go down post-surgery?

4wk to 1 year: Variable depending on the body site. The extremities including fingers, hands and feet can be about 4 weeks, and the face and nose can take all the way up to 1 year depending on the extent of the surgery. Best is to discuss with the surgeon who did your surgery. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for face edema to go away after a minor surgery on the scalp?

How long is it supposed to it take for face edema to go away after a minor surgery on the scalp?

Depends: It would depend on the type of surgery you had done. Most edema usually resolves within the first 2-6 weeks. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with a t6-7 disc protrusion with edema. Does this require surgery? No medication has helped so far.

I was recently diagnosed with a t6-7 disc protrusion with edema. Does this require surgery? No medication has helped so far.

T6-7 disc: NO - not every disc require surgery, least of all Thoracic discs. One never does surgery based on what the MRI shows alone. You need a full evaluation. There are many minimally invasive options that needs to be tried first before any surgical option is considered. Also do not forget the possibility of Stem Cells being used. ...Read more

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Is it ok to gain some weight after pacemaker implantation? I gained about 5 lbs within a month after surgery. But i don't think this is edema.

Is it ok to gain some weight after pacemaker implantation? I gained about 5 lbs within a month after surgery. But i don't think this is edema.

Pacemaker: Reading the information you provided makes me suggest you see your doctor and ask the question. A weight gain post pacer isn't usual and could be a complication but to decide one needs information not available here and also an exam. ...Read more

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Day5 after Hydrocele surgery.Scrotum feels the same and have same size like before.I was expecting a postop. edema, but feels exactly like my hydrocel?

It is edema: Hydrocelectomy can be traumatic to the testicle and there can be more edema than you expected. The only way you can know for sure is to have your scrotum examined by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have really bad edema in feet and ankles since pelvic surgery two months ago what could it be?

I have really bad edema in feet and ankles since pelvic surgery two months ago what could it be?

Foot edema : Edema in foot and ankle following hip surgery can be normal and it can be abnormal. Lengh of time since surgery needs to be taken into account. How immobile you were and for how long. Edema can be caused from inactivity, infection, inflammation, dvt, or it may not be at all related to the hip surgery. You need to call this matter to the attention of your surgeon sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more