Venous Ulcer Treatment in Phoenix, Arizona
Venous Ulcers are a common type of skin ulcer. Generally, occurs just above the ankle on the legs. These ulcers come about as a result of venous insufficiency and increased pressure of blood in the veins due to the veins “incompetence” and inability to return the blood to the heart.
Patients who are suffering from venous ulcers are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. With many years of extensive vascular experience, the highly trained vascular surgeons at Western Vascular Institute specialize in diagnosing & treating venous ulcer. We will answer any questions that you may have and help discover the best treatment plan for you and your lifestyle. For more information, call our office at (480) 668-5000 & schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, at one of our locations in Phoenix, Arizona.
What Are the Risk Factors of Venous Ulcers?
Common risk factors of venous ulcers are:
- Previous leg injury
What Are the Symptoms of Venous Ulcers?
All of the above risk factors can have a large impact on the circulatory system. This system may even be so damaged that a simple cut or scrape could potentially lead to venous ulcers, which are typically characterized by:
- An unpleasant odor
- Spontaneous bleeding
- Oozing of the wound
What Are the Causes of Venous Ulcers?
Causes of Venous Ulcers can include:
- Venous incompetence
- Ineffective calf muscle to pump the blood upwards
- Venous insufficiency
How Are Venous Ulcers Diagnosed?
Physical examination of the lower extremities. Duplex color Ultrasound, a ankle-brachial-index test, and even venography may be helpful if the diagnosis is unclear.
What Are the Available Venous Ulcer Treatment Options?
- Compression therapy: use of compression stockings
- Leg elevation to minimize edema: elevate at least 3 times daily for a period of 30 minutes
- Frequent dressing changes, &clean sterile dressings to keep outside infection from the open ulcer wound.
- Surgery to treat venous reflux and prevent recurrence of ulcerations. Surgical treatment for venous insufficiency include:
- Saphenous vein ablation
- Ablating the perforator veins.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have been experiencing symptoms of venous ulcer it is important that you schedule an appointment with one of our highly-trained vein disease specialists. They will diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. For more information about our Vein Center, please call (480) 668-5000 to schedule your appointment today.