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The Symptoms of Venous Leg Ulcers — And What You Can Do About Them

Leg ulcers are the result of poor blow flow from your veins or arteries. Leg ulcers are a very serious problem that must be addressed promptly. Without treatment, leg ulcers could even cause you to lose a leg. Be aware of the symptoms of a leg ulcer, and seek help quickly if you experience these symptoms.

The Symptoms of a Venous Leg Ulcer

A venous leg ulcer is a long term sore, meaning that it takes 4-6 weeks or longer to heal. This type of ulcer is most often seen on the inner part of the leg, immediately above your ankle. If you have a sore in this area and notice one or more of the following symptoms, it may be a venous leg ulcer.

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Swelling around the ulcer
  • Odorous discharge
  • Darkened skin around the ulcer
  • Toughened skin around the ulcer

These symptoms mean that you need to see a vascular specialist like Dr. Lee as soon as possible.

Treatment for Venous Leg Ulcers

The treatment for venous leg ulcers often involves multiple modalities. Dr. Lee will first make sure that the ulcer has sufficient arterial blood supply to heal. Minimally invasive radiofrequency catheter ablation can correct the problem of blood pooling within the leg (and thus, the development of leg ulcers.) Some patients have post-thrombotic syndrome following deep vein thrombosis. This leaves blockages in the deep pelvic veins, which can be resolved during a venogram with intravascular ultrasound. Stents can be placed to alleviate the blockages and allow for proper bloodflow once again.

Dr. Lee at L.A. Vein Center is a board certified vascular surgeon who specializes in problems with the arteries and veins. She can make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan for venous ulcers right away.

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