Venous ulcers appear on your lower leg, where they’re a sure sign of an advanced vascular disease called venous insufficiency. These wounds take months to heal and require intensive wound care from Carol White, MD, at Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC. Dr. White has extensive experience providing comprehensive care for venous ulcers, including specialized dressings, wound education, and advanced treatments for venous insufficiency. Schedule an appointment at the first sign of a venous ulcer. Call the office in Morgantown, West Virginia, or request an appointment online today.
A venous ulcer is a slow-healing, open wound that develops on your lower leg, usually around your ankle. These wounds don’t heal on their own, and they don’t improve with routine care at home.
Without specialized wound care and intensive medical treatment to eliminate the underlying cause, venous ulcers typically last nine months or longer. During that time, the wound keeps enlarging, and you’re at risk of developing severe skin and bone infections.
A vascular condition called venous insufficiency causes venous ulcers. You develop venous insufficiency when valves in your leg veins weaken and stop working properly.
Your leg veins work against the pull of gravity as they carry blood up your legs. To make their job easier, one-way valves inside the veins open to let blood go up and then close to stop it from flowing down your leg.
If a valve stops functioning, it doesn’t take long for the backward-flowing blood to build up in the vein. That’s when you have venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency leads to varicose veins and causes high venous pressure in your lower leg. The high pressure forces fluids out of small veins in your lower leg. Those fluids damage the surrounding skin. As the skin deteriorates, a venous ulcer develops.
Dr. White takes a two-pronged approach to treating venous ulcers, simultaneously treating the wound and the underlying condition. Your ulcer won’t heal unless Dr. White eliminates the high venous pressure by diagnosing and treating venous insufficiency.
Advanced wound care promotes healing and prevents infections. As a vein specialist, Dr. White also has extensive experience caring for venous ulcers with therapies such as:
Dr. White also teaches you how to change dressings and care for your venous ulcer at home.
Dr. White treats venous insufficiency with the same therapies used for varicose veins. These treatments close or seal the veins, and then your body reroutes blood through other veins. This effectively eliminates damaged valves and restores normal circulation.
Treatments for venous insufficiency include:
Don’t wait to get help for a venous ulcer. Call Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC or request an appointment online today.