Venous Ulcers Treatment Clinic Questions and Answers
Do you or someone you know have venous ulcers or are experiencing the symptoms? Don’t worry, the treatment is available at Colorado Laser & Vein in Centennial, CO. We are pleased to welcome you. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
There are countless veins and vessels in the human body, in fact, if they were stretched out one by one, they could wrap around the entire earth more than four times! That goes to show how intricate and expansive the human circulatory system is. Because of the many intricacies within the circulatory system, sometimes problems can occur due to poor circulation. One of these concerns is venous ulcers, which can result from venous insufficiency. Venous ulcers form when blood pools and collects in the surrounding tissues, which typically occurs as a result of damaged valves.
What is a venous ulcer?
Caused by poor blood circulation, venous skin ulcers are a result of venous insufficiency. Each vein has a one-way valve that keeps blood flowing toward the heart. When venous insufficiency occurs, these valves become damaged and can no longer promote proper blood flow, which can result in blood backing up and pooling in the veins. When this happens, there is a possibility that the blood can leak out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue, which can result in the breakdown of the tissue and ultimately, the formation of an ulcer. Veins that become blocked may also cause blood to collect outside of the veins, leading to these ulcers.
What causes venous ulcers?
Venous skin ulcers are caused by poor blood circulation (typically originating in the legs), such as from venous insufficiency (damaged vein valves—which keep the blood flowing in one direction). When venous insufficiency occurs, blood backs up and pools in the vein, which may then leak out and into the surrounding tissue. There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of developing a venous skin ulcer, including:
- Deep vein thrombosis, which occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins, often in the legs)
- Lack of physical activity
- Work that requires many hours of standing
How do you get rid of venous ulcers?
There are a number of ways one can help recover from venous ulcers, many of which also act as preventative care, including:
- Wear compression stockings or bandages every day
- Keep feet above the heart as often as possible
- Take a walk or exercise every day
- Take medicines as directed to help heal
To fully heal from a venous ulcer, often takes up to 18 months. These ulcers are painful and are a sign of the most advanced type of venous disease. Patients that undergo EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) experience quicker recovery times and also decrease the likelihood of recurrent ulcers.
How serious can venous ulcers be?
Venous ulcers are the most common cause of lower extremity ulceration, affecting approximately 1 percent of Americans. Possible causes of venous ulcers include:
- Inflammatory processes resulting in leukocyte activation
- Endothelial damage
- Platelet aggregation
- Intracellular edema
The main risk factors for venous ulcer development include:
- Older age
- Previous leg injuries
- Deep venous thrombosis
Venous ulcers are usually recurrent, with open ulcers persisting for weeks, months, or even years. Severe complications include:
- Malignant change
The severity of a venous ulcer is typically associated with its size and duration; larger ulcers and those with prolonged durations significantly increase the associated risk.
If you have venous ulcers, whether it is the first occurrence or a recurrent problem, come to Colorado Laser & Vein in Centennial, CO. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating venous ulcers and can help you recover faster and more effectively while lowering the chances of a recurrent condition. Call us today or book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 8120 S. Holly St, Suite 111, Centennial, CO 80122. We serve patients from Centennial CO, Southglenn CO, Englewood CO, Littleton CO, Castle Rock CO, Denver CO, and Highlands Ranch, CO.