Venous Ulcers

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What are Venous Leg Ulcers?

Venous leg ulcer is a chronic (long-lasting) ulcer (damage or break of the skin) of the lower part of the leg, usually the inside part, just above the ankle. By far, the majority of leg ulcers are venous in nature.

The skin around the ulcer maybe discoloured and hardened. When infected it may also produce a foul-smelling discharge

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What are Venous Leg Ulcers?

Venous leg ulcer is a chronic (long-lasting) ulcer (damage or break of the skin) of the lower part of the leg, usually the inside part, just above the ankle. By far, the majority of leg ulcers are venous in nature.

The skin around the ulcer maybe discoloured and hardened. When infected it may also produce a foul-smelling discharge

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Symptoms of Venous Leg Ulcers?

Some symptoms of Venous Leg Ulcers that you may experienced include;

  • Pain

  • Itchiness

  • and swelling of the affected leg.

Symptoms of Venous Leg Ulcers?

Some symptoms of Venous Leg Ulcers that you may experienced include;

  • Pain

  • Itchiness

  • and swelling of the affected leg.

Causes of Venous Leg Ulcers?

The underlying cause of venous ulcers is usually chronic venous stasis of blood in the dependent parts of the leg due to chronic varicose veins (chronic venous insufficiency, CVI). The long standing accumulation of blood in the lower parts of the leg leads to swelling, itchiness, gradual damage and discolouration of the skin in the area with the end result of break of the skin even with minor trauma.

  • Obesity

  • Immobility

  • Smoking

  • and previous deep venous thrombosis (DVT).

Causes of Venous Leg Ulcers?

The underlying cause of venous ulcers is usually chronic venous stasis of blood in the dependent parts of the leg due to chronic varicose veins (chronic venous insufficiency, CVI). The long standing accumulation of blood in the lower parts of the leg leads to swelling, itchiness, gradual damage and discolouration of the skin in the area with the end result of break of the skin even with minor trauma.

  • Obesity

  • Immobility

  • Smoking

  • and previous deep venous thrombosis (DVT).

Services we offer to treat the condition of Venous Leg Ulcers?

Diagnosis is directed towards diagnosing the underlying cause of the ulcer, i.e. venous disease and insufficiency. This is easily done through a venous ultrasound examination of the leg. At the Bondi Vein Clinic, we conduct a thorough leg venous mapping of the superficial system of veins of the leg to pin point the culprit vein (s) as well as interrogate the condition of the deep system of veins of the leg. If there is a suspicion of secondary infection, investigation of the likely cause of infection should be also conducted for the appropriate choice of antibiotic treatment.

Initial treatment of leg ulcers should be in the way of frequent dressings, leg compression such as using graduated compression stockings and the use of antibiotics. The long term and permanent treatment should be targeting the underlying cause, i.e. the varicose veins. At the Bondi Vein Clinic, in the initial assessment the doctor will advise you of the best way to treat these varicose veins. Depending on their location and size according the Doppler Ultrasound examination, treatment may be in the form of:

Services we offer to treat the condition of Venous Leg Ulcers?

Diagnosis is directed towards diagnosing the underlying cause of the ulcer, i.e. venous disease and insufficiency. This is easily done through a venous ultrasound examination of the leg. At the Bondi Vein Clinic, we conduct a thorough leg venous mapping of the superficial system of veins of the leg to pin point the culprit vein (s) as well as interrogate the condition of the deep system of veins of the leg. If there is a suspicion of secondary infection, investigation of the likely cause of infection should be also conducted for the appropriate choice of antibiotic treatment.

Initial treatment of leg ulcers should be in the way of frequent dressings, leg compression such as using graduated compression stockings and the use of antibiotics. The long term and permanent treatment should be targeting the underlying cause, i.e. the varicose veins. At the Bondi Vein Clinic, in the initial assessment the doctor will advise you of the best way to treat these varicose veins. Depending on their location and size according the Doppler Ultrasound examination, treatment may be in the form of:

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