Are Leg Ulcers Treatable?
When it comes to medical treatment for the legs and leg ulcers the aim is to improve blood flow to the area and stimulate healing of the ulcer. The type of treatment you need depends on whether the ulcer is caused by problems with veins or with arteries. Leg ulcers are treatable through a number of different treatments.
Ulcers on the lower leg are often caused by problems with veins or arteries, or both. The further away from the heart, the longer ulcers may take to heal, especially in people over 50 years of age or older.
Around one or two percent of the population suffer from leg ulcers (chronic venous leg ulceration). The most common known cause is mostly poor blood circulation, particularly the inability of the veins to return deoxygenated blood from the legs back to the heart.
People age 50 and older are at greater risk, and the number of women with leg ulcers is slightly higher than men because women have a longer lifespan. Treatment options include compression bandages, medication, surgery and (more recently) hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Leg ulcers and poor circulation:
In general the veins carry deoxygenated blood through the body to the heart, then to the lungs. Veins have a one-way valve to prevent blood from running backwards. The contraction of muscles helps to massage blood along the veins.
Using muscular contraction in combination with deep veins and chambers to help pump the blood back up through the veins. This pumping action can be affected by a variety of problems, including blockages in the deep veins, venous insufficiency or venous disease.
Symptoms of leg ulcers:
Symptoms of a leg ulcer include:
- A leg ulcer is usually found on lower leg or ankle.
- Usually looks like the skin is sunkin.
- edges of the ulcer are clearly defined from the surrounding skin
- the surrounding skin is intact, but inflamed
- the surrounding skin may be pigmented, hardened or calloused
- yellowish-white (pus)
- pain, particularly while standing
- varicose veins in the leg.
Risk factors for leg ulcers
Different things can increase a person’s risk of chronic venous leg ulceration, including:
- Age – peripheral circulation becomes less efficient with old age.
- Varicose veins – the one-way valves that stop blood from travelling backwards in the vein stop working. The pooling of blood stretches and distorts the vein.
- Cigarette smoking – tobacco is known to constrict the vessels of the circulatory system.
- Arterial disease – vein problems are more likely if the person already has other diseases of the arteries.
However the good news is no matter the cause leg ulcers are treatable there are a number of different options for treatment.
Minimally Invasive Treatments:
Today, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options that are covered by many insurance plans. While treatments like compression stockings are often first prescribed to manage symptoms, there are a variety of treatments that can actually treat the diseased veins to eliminate varicose veins, improve your quality of life and halt the progression of CVI.
1.Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Endovenous thermal ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that involves the insertion of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a diseased vein to seal it shut using heat. Blood that would normally return toward the heart through these veins will then travel through other veins instead. Over time the treated vein shrinks and is absorbed by the body. Compared with surgical options like ligation and vein stripping, endogenous RF ablation results in less pain and quicker recovery time.
The Venefit™ procedure is the only minimally invasive segmental radiofrequency (RF) ablation treatment that utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide an even and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and seal. Offered by Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas,once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
The Venefit procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and a return to everyday activities, while also improving the appearance of varicose veins.
2.MechanoChemical Ablation (MOCA)
MOCA is the most recent technique that has been developed to treat venous reflux. It is now covered by most insurances including Medicare. MOCA uses Clarivein Catheter which is so advanced that uses no heat and hence requires no numbing anesthetic.
Dr. Sassan Kaveh will set up a treatment plan that you are comfortable with and that suites your schedule. Many insurance companies cover the cost of treatment and we have insurance specialists that handle all of the details. There is no reason not to rid yourself of your leg pain and ulcers today! Call us today at (702) 430-7661 and let Alpha Vein Clinic be your partner in better vein health.
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