Venous stasis ulcers are wounds that typically appear on your legs below the calf.
The condition is usually chronic, and it can last for years. Side effects of the condition can lead to infection and reduced mobility, so have yourvenous ulcers treated early for best results. If you notice problems with your leg veins, the experts at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey have a range of treatments available. Call today for an examination.An ulcer is an open sore, either inside or outside on your skin. Also known as stasis or varicose ulcers, venous stasis ulcers form below your knee. They can appear yellow, blue, gray or red. Over time, these sores can open and create a wound on the surface of your skin.
Venous stasis ulcersaffect roughly one percent of the American population.An open sore from an ulcer can last for weeks or even years, eventually turning into a chronic condition. Untreated, skin ulcers can lead to complications such as cellulitis, bone infections or even malignant tumors.
The good news is that venous ulcers can be successfully treated by an experienced vein specialist. Because of the specialized training required, though, choose a vein doctor who has undergone the required education, such as Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey.
Causes of Venous Ulcers
Venous stasis ulcers occur when a leg vein valve malfunctions enough to cause blood pooling in your leg.Blood leaks into the surrounding tissue during muscle contractions. The excess blood in your leg causes pain, shallow sores and discoloration of the surrounding skin. Poor circulation is the main cause of venous ulcers, but anything that impedes your circulation —like smoking or deep vein thrombosis development —can lead to an ulcer. Other common causes of venous stasis ulcers include:
Venous Stasis Ulcer Symptoms
A deep purplish coloring on your skin that looks like a bruise is the first indication that an ulcer is forming. Your skin around the area sometimes becomes rough, itchy and unusually dry. If you have varicose veins or even minor spider veins, consult with Dr. Dmitry Gorelik for treatment because these conditions are precursors to ulcers.Once an ulcer forms, you experience:
Visit the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey to treat your ulcer. Dr. Gorelik, your New Jersey vein specialist, diagnoses a venous stasis ulcer by examining the area and using a duplex Doppler ultrasound to find the source and cause of the ulcer before recommending the best ulcer treatment.
Venous Stasis Ulcer Treatments
Treatment methods for venous stasis ulcers vary, based on the severity of your ulcer. Options begin with conservative management techniques, such as:
When these conservative methods don’t relieve your discomfort or eliminate the ulcer, your doctor may initiate other treatments, such as:
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Prevent Future Venous Stasis Ulcers
If you’ve undergone venous skin ulcer treatment, you’re at a higher risk of developing them again. Your NJ vein doctor may recommend several preventive measures to avoid a reoccurrence,including:
Based on your age, health status and the severity of your vein condition,Dr. Dmitry Gorelik recommends which venous ulcer treatmentis best for you. Contact the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey today to schedule a vein consultation.Choose from three convenient locations: Parsippany, Old Bridge or Sayreville.