Managing vein conditions, like varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency involves improving your circulation. If you have a known circulatory problem in your legs, you probably already know the importance of getting your blood flowing. However, sometimes staying active, maintaining your weight, and following your primary doctor’s advice is not enough. Leg ulcers can develop even if you do your best to avoid them.
If you live in the Westminster area, receiving care for your leg (venous) ulcer has never been easier. Our medical team will meet with you, determine the type of treatment best for your situation, and support you through the healing process. At Artemis Vein Center, we understand the importance of treatment and prevention. Our board-certified physician, Dr. Pinsinski, can work with you to develop a regimen to keep your legs healthy, even after you complete the ulcer treatment.
Patients who have chronic venous insufficiency or varicose veins are at risk of developing venous ulcers. When blood pools in your lower extremities, creating hypertension in your legs, your vessels become damaged under the added pressure. As a result, your skin becomes fragile.
Any small bumps or scrapes will not be able to heal without sufficient blood and nutrients delivered to the site of the injury. These wounds are venous leg ulcers and will not heal without proper treatment. Seeing a local physician with experience and training in vascular medicine can speed up the healing process and improve your condition.
Venous leg ulcer diagnoses are made based on your medical history and symptoms. Our medical professionals will check for a history of varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), previous leg injury, or health conditions like diabetes.
We will also examine your wound and check for indications of poor vein health. Although a general practitioner can diagnose leg ulcers and associated vascular diseases, they may not have as much experience with treatment as a physician who focuses on vein health.
With the proper treatment, most ulcers will heal within a few months. The process begins with cleaning the ulcer, removing dead tissue, and applying a sterile dressing. The dressing is usually changed weekly. Most patients are comfortable changing their own dressing with appropriate instructions and clinic support.
Compression stockings are usually an essential part of the treatment plan. Compression stockings apply pressure, pushing blood up towards the heart instead of pooling in the legs. We typically instruct patients to elevate the ulcered leg above their heart. You may also benefit from a light or moderate workout program. Medication to reduce swelling and increase blood flow can also speed healing, while pain-reducing medicines can improve your comfort.
You will need a thorough evaluation of your legs because you will most likely need underlying venous treatments such as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy.
At Artemis Vein Center, we understand the discomfort vein conditions can cause. Our team in Westminster has experience and training to ensure you receive the most effective treatments for your venous leg ulcers. Our goal is to heal your ulcer as quickly as possible, reduce discomfort, and prevent future occurrences.
Our medical team can assist you through the healing process and recommend preventative strategies for future leg health. Contact our office today to get started.
If you require vein or aesthetic treatments, contact Artemis Vein & Aesthetic Center today online or at (720) 664-5831 and one of our team members will gladly assist you in scheduling an appointment or consultation. We proudly serve the Westminster, Broomfield and Louisville areas of Colorado.