Venous leg ulcers are painful, slow to heal, and, without medical care, they continue to enlarge and increase your risk of infection. The experienced team at NJ Vein Specialists in Englewood Cliffs, Edison, and Totowa, New Jersey, provides multimodal venous ulcer treatment using advanced dressings and other therapies to promote healing. Don’t wait to get help for a venous leg ulcer. At the first sign of a problem, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.
Venous leg ulcers, also called venous stasis ulcers, are wounds that develop on your lower leg due to increased pressure in the vein. These ulcers are most often caused by chronic venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency develops when one-way valves in your leg veins stop working normally. These valves are designed to keep blood flowing up your legs, as they carry deoxygenated blood back toward your heart.
When the valves fail, they allow blood to go backward or reflux, a condition called venous insufficiency. As venous insufficiency gets progressively worse and more blood accumulates in the vein, two things happen: You develop varicose veins, and the pressure increases inside your lower leg veins. The increase in pressure leads to venous leg ulcers.
As the pressure builds in your lower leg veins, it damages tiny capillaries and forces fluids out of your veins. As the fluids infiltrate into the surrounding tissues, they slowly break down your skin and a painful wound develops called a venous ulcer. Venous ulcers most often appear around your ankle bone.
Venous ulcers are dangerous because they’re hard to heal, remaining unhealed for nine months or longer in half of all patients. And even after the ulcer heals, it’s likely to recur.
Without medical treatment, the ulcer continues to expand, getting larger and deeper. It also becomes inflamed. As a result, venous leg ulcers can result in a serious skin and/or bone infection.
Venous ulcers won’t heal on their own and they seldom heal well without medical care. For these reasons, it’s important to see the team at NJ Vein Specialists as soon as you notice the wound.
They offer comprehensive care using several treatments to promote optimal healing. Your treatment includes one or more of the following:
Compression therapy and advanced dressings are two of the most critical components of treatment for venous ulcers. For example, some specialized dressings create a moist healing environment while also absorbing leakage from the wound.
Your provider at NJ Vein Specialists teaches you how to care for your wound at home. They also recommend the best treatment for the underlying condition, such as endovenous radiofrequency ablation to eliminate venous insufficiency and varicose veins.
To get immediate help for a venous leg ulcer, call NJ Vein Specialists or schedule an appointment online.