The Truth Behind Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers are extremely common in the United States and affect between 500,000 to 2 million people annually, but many do not know the truth behind this condition. A venous leg ulcer (also called a venous stasis ulcer) is a wound that occurs when the veins don’t move blood back toward the heart as they should. Blood leaks from the veins into the skin tissue and, as a result,  causes the tissue to break down. Leg ulcers can take a long time to heal and they often recur. Venous ulcers are usually located on the lower leg, near the ankle.

Symptoms of Venous Ulcers

Early signs of venous ulcers developing include:

  • Swelling of the leg
  • Skin changes (hardened, dry and a brown/red color)
  • Skin may burn or itch in the effected area

Signs of an existing venous ulcer include:

  • An open wound that is wet or weeping
  • Wound may be covered by a yellowish/white film
  • Skin around the area remains swollen and discolored
  • The area around the wound may feel warm

What Causes Venous Leg Ulcers?

You may be more likely to develop a venous leg ulcer if you have an injury to the leg, have had a blood clot in the leg (DVT), or have had multiple pregnancies. Both men and women are susceptible to venous ulcers.  A big risk factor that people may not consider is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), the progressive condition that causes varicose veins.  CVI is often the underlying condition that makes venous ulcers so difficult to heal. In fact, venous disease accounts for about 80% of leg ulcers! Often times, venous ulcers recur if the patient is suffering from CVI.

What is CVI?

Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. Problems with valves in the veins can cause the blood to in flow both directions. Consequently, this can cause blood in the legs to pool. If chronic venous insufficiency is left untreated, pain, swelling, varicose veins and leg ulcers may result.

What You Can Do:

If you are suffering from a venous ulcer on your leg, you may be feeling hopeless that you will ever find permanent relief, but you are not alone! Luckily, CVI can be easily diagnosed and treated by a qualified physician who is experienced in leg vein disease. Once the venous insufficiency is treated, the patient can have much greater success in finally healing their leg ulcer. Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas is here to help. Our physician, Dr Sassan Kaveh is highly experienced in treating the underlying vein disease that leads to venous ulcers. He is trained in the latest, minimally invasive treatments Radiofrequency Ablation and ClariVein. Both of these treatments are done on an outpatient basis and have short recovery periods.

Call Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas today and make an appointment to come visit us at our conveniently located clinic. We will be with you every step of the way. Call us at (702) 430-7661 and let our caring staff get you on your way to finally healing your venous ulcer!

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3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400

Las Vegas, NV, 89128

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