An open wound on the leg, usually the lower half, is often a venous leg ulcer. If you have a shallow, irregularly shaped, yellow or red wound on your leg, that is usually painful and oozes; you may have a venous leg ulcer.
Injury (as little as an insect bite) or pressure may be the initial cause of these wounds. Or it may be a bacterial infection, but there is another common cause. Venous insufficiency is often the reason for these ulcers. That same venous insufficiency is often the cause of varicose veins.
Venous insufficiency and Leg Ulcers:
Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in the leg veins are not working effectively. This lack of effectiveness makes it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs — instead, the blood pools in these veins.
You may be offered compression therapy as a treatment for your venous leg ulcer. A district nurse will visit you and dress your wound regularly. But these medical-grade compression dressings are cumbersome to wear. These dressings must be kept dry. With that in mind, you will need further devices to allow you to wash and shower. At enhanceskin, we believe there is another way to deal with venous leg ulcers, and that is to treat the underlying cause when that cause is venous insufficiency.
We have successfully cured many ulcers with our walk-in walk-out varicose vein treatments. Both EVLT and UGFS can offer surprisingly fast and effective treatment, with the relief of the signs, symptoms and the pain that goes along with them!
We have Affiliated Provider status with Southern Cross and are also accepted for cover by NIB, Sovereign, FMG, UniMed, Accuro and OnePath.
If the underlying cause of your venous leg ulcer is venous insufficiency contact us. If you are uncertain, we offer a complimentary no-obligation Doctor’s assessment with Ultrasound Mapping in Blenheim, as well as our Nelson clinic.
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