Venous Leg Ulcers
What are Venous Leg Ulcers?
Ulcerations or chronic non-healing sores of the lower leg, ankle, or foot are most commonly caused by chronic venous insufficiency. These ulcers are frequently found to be associated with varicose veins . Other causes of ulceration of the lower extremity, such as diabetic foot ulcer, arteriosclerotic occlusions of arterial blood flow, and infection, must be considered before treatment is initiated.
With the use of ultrasound for accurate diagnosis and delineation of all the sources of the high venous pressure and with minimally invasive venous ablation procedures, vein surgeons are now able to cure over 90% of chronic venous ulcers and prevent their recurrence. These results are far superior to those obtained from the vein stripping procedures of the past.
Patients with leg ulcers that are resistant to healing should seek early diagnosis and treatment. For venous ulcers best treatment results can be expected from physicians skilled in the use of minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques.