In fact, venous ulceration is a common condition, affecting up to 2% of the population. And while it can be painful and inconvenient, the good news is that there are treatments available that can help.

Venous ulceration

What is venous ulceration?

If you have venous ulceration, it means that there is damage to your veins which is causing them to leak blood. This can cause pain, swelling, and eventually open sores (ulcers) on your skin. Venous ulceration is usually caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which is a condition in which your veins are unable to effectively pump blood. This condition allows blood to pool and causes increased pressure in the vessels. This can lead to inflammation, pain, and ultimately the breakdown of skin tissue. Open sores or wounds form on the skin, typically around the ankles. 

What causes venous ulceration?

The most common cause of venous ulceration is incompetence of the valves in the veins. This can be due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Age: As we age, our veins can become less elastic and more rigid, which can lead to valve dysfunction.
  • Obesity: Excess weight puts additional strain on the veins, which can lead to valve damage.
  • Prolonged standing or sitting: This can cause pooling of blood in the vessels and increased pressure, which can lead to vein damage.
  • Previous injury: A previous injury to the leg or ankle can damage the veins and lead to valve dysfunction.
  • Pregnancy: The extra weight and pressure from pregnancy can damage the veins and lead to valve problems.

What are the symptoms of venous ulceration?

The most common symptom of venous ulceration is an open sore or wound on the skin, typically around the ankle. Other symptoms can include:

  • Swelling in the leg or ankle
  • Pain or aching in the leg or ankle
  • Cramping in the leg or ankle
  • Itching or burning sensation
  • Discoloration of the skin
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Why choose NYGB Veins?

No matter your symptom or condition, Dr. Ahn can help pinpoint the cause and provide relief. With years of experience and continuing education in new techniques and products to treat vein conditions and diseases, he has successfully helped many to finally find relief from stubborn vein conditions. NYGB Veins is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology, and all of our procedures are done in the office.

In addition, they are minimally invasive and there is no downtime. Most procedures can be performed over your lunch hour. Vein disease treatment is custom-tailored to meet your unique condition, so you don’t have to suffer any longer with venous ulceration. Come to NYGB veins today and see how we can help.

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How is venous ulceration diagnosed?

Venous ulceration can be difficult to diagnose because it can often look like other conditions, such as diabetic ulcers or arterial ulcers. Dr. Ahn will likely take a complete medical history and perform a physical examination. They may also order tests, such as:

  • Blood tests: to check for infection or clotting problems
  • Ultrasound: to assess blood flow in the vessels
  • MRI or CT scan: to get a more detailed view of the veins
  • Skin biopsy: to rule out other conditions

What is the treatment for venous ulceration?

The goal of treatment for venous ulceration is to promote healing and prevent the ulcer from coming back. Treatment will vary depending on your individual case, but may include:

  • Wound care: Keeping the wound clean and covered is essential for healing. Your doctor may also prescribe special dressings or ointments.
  • Medications: Your doctor may prescribe medications to help with pain, swelling, or infection.
  • Compression therapy: This involves wearing special stockings or bandages that help to reduce swelling and improve blood flow.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged veins or valves. 

Venous ulceration can be a serious condition, but early diagnosis and treatment is essential for the best possible outcome. If you think you may have a venous ulcer, it’s important to seek treatment as early as possible to prevent complications. 

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How extensive will my venous ulceration treatment be?

Some may require a more extensive treatment plan, and others may need far less. 50-90% of main veins can be treated with sclerotherapy (injections) alone. For more advanced cases, we offer endogenous laser ablation (EVLA) which uses a laser to precisely close off the problem vein, resolving the problem. This can be done in as little as 30 minutes with just a local anesthetic.

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Suffering from multiple vein conditions?

There are many types of vein conditions and diseases, including:

  • Spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg swelling or heaviness
  • Skin changes or discoloration
  • Aching or cramping in legs
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Ulcers

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please call us today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that will provide relief and help you look and feel your best.

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If you struggle with uncomfortable, painful veins, we invite you to discover a vein treatment center that delivers the most advanced treatments for a range of venous conditions, in a clinic that offers the highest level of compassionate care.

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