Don’t just treat the venous ulcer, see Greenville’s vein expert and treat the underlying disease.
Venous ulcers are shallow wounds normally located on the lower leg or ankle area. These types of ulcers typically form when the veins in the legs are not sufficiently returning blood back to the heart. This is more commonly described as venous insufficiency. Venous ulcers are typically slow to heal and have a tendency to return if venous insufficiency (venous disease) is not addressed.
Did you know!?
• The risk for venous disease and venous ulcers is increased by obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, a history of Deep Vein Thrombosis, and/or long hours of standing.
• The first signs of venous ulcers are dry, itchy skin and/or skin turning a deep red or purple around the affected area due to blood leaking from the vein.
• Venous ulcers can cause the legs to become swollen.
• A physical exam and ultrasound test performed by a specialist are the most common ways to diagnose a venous ulcer. There are other types of ulcers that can occur and it is best to see an expert to help diagnose the cause behind leg ulcers.
• Venous insufficiency symptoms include heavy, tired, achy, and/or restless legs.
Dr. Traurig is one of the top specialists in the area for the treatment of venous ulcers
Dr. Traurig starts by identifying the cause of your venous ulcer using the latest ultrasound technology. Once the source is found, he will recommend the treatment that will achieve the best results for you.
Depending on the type of ulcer you have and what the underlying cause is, the following are common treatment options for venous disease and venous ulcers:
• Conservative Therapy Prescription strength compression stockings help reduce the symptoms caused by venous insufficiency and venous uclers but do not treat the underlying problem. Stockings must be worn daily and indefinitely. Most insurance companies now require a trial period of compression stocking wear before they will cover the cost of other treatments. Compression stockings will help to control the excess blood pooling in your legs.
• Sclerotherapy A chemical treatment is injected to create chemical scars on the veins from the inside out. This allows blood to return to the heart through other veins rather than abnormal veins. The medication is injected into the diseased veins using an ultrasound to accurately guide placement. No anesthesia or sedation is needed, and you can return to work immediately.
• Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) using the CoolTouchLaser System A laser fiber is inserted into the vein through a small incision and heats the inside of the vein to seal it shut. EVLA usually takes 45 minutes. The treatment is very comfortable and relieves symptoms quickly with no downtime and minimal, if any, scarring.
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I have no more leg pain after treatment I received from Vein Centers for Excellence of Greenville. Originally, I was under the impression that it was going to be invasive and painful, but I was surprised by the simple treatment, which brought about excellent results.
– Ruby C.
MD, RVT, RPVI, RPHS
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