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Venous oedema

Venous oedema is the result of a malfunctioning blood drainage system in the blood vessels, also called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). The blood is insufficiently drained, which increases the pressure in the venous (draining) system. The increased pressure in the blood vessels can lead to various symptoms, one of which is venous oedema. If the blood in the vessels is not properly drained, there is an accumulation of blood. In this process, the fluid from the vessels is pushed into the tissue, causing fluid buildup (oedema).

Venous oedema occurs because the valves in the veins do not function properly, the valves are damaged by a thrombosis, increased pressure has arisen in the venous system or in rare cases a congenital vascular abnormality has been detected. This often involves varicose veins or smaller visible vascular structures on the legs.

Frequently asked questions about venous oedema
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Treatments against Venous oedema

Frequently Asked Questions

Venous oedema

The following symptoms may occur with venous oedema, in combination with each other or separately:


  • heavy or tired in the legs
  • Stinging sensation in the legs
  • Painful legs
  • Restless legs
  • Swollen ankles
  • Visible vessel structures on the inside of the ankles
  • Change in skin colour
  • Open leg (ulcer cruris)

Chronic venous insufficiency can occur in anyone. The elderly, pregnant women or disabled people are often at greater risk of developing venous oedema.

Initially, the treatment will be carried out by a GP, dermatologist or vascular specialist. If necessary, a skin therapist can be requested (with a referral). The following therapies can be used:

Oedema therapy treatments are subject to a specific regulation. Each health insurance company has a fixed rate for these therapies.

In case of a chronic indication, the first 20 treatments are covered by the additional package; from the 21st treatment, the treatments are covered by the basic health insurance.

If there is no supplementary insurance, the first 20 treatments are at your own expense, after which a claim can be made under the basic insurance.

Should you have already made a claim on your supplementary package or have used up the maximum number of treatments, because you have had other (physio, exercise) therapies, for example, the oedema therapy may have to be paid for by yourself.We recommend that you contact your health insurance company as a matter of course.

In case of venous oedema, it is important to wear appropriate compression in the form of a supportive stocking or compression device. Make sure that it is replaced in good time and fitted again every year. Also be aware of any wounds.

Sufficient exercise provides stimulation in the lymphatic system and will prevent worsening of venous oedema.

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