Venous Ulcers in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats venous ulcers for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
Venous ulcers, also known as “stasis ulcers,” are wounds that form as a result of venous insufficiency, a medical condition that describes the improper or abnormal flow of blood through your veins. Approximately 1% of the population is affected by venous ulcers. Unlike other wounds, venous ulcers are slow to heal and may last for several weeks or even years. These ulcers may also heal and then return. The most common areas for venous ulcers are the lower leg in the area that is above the ankle and below the calf, and these types of venous ulcers are known as “leg ulcers.” Venous ulcers appear as shallow, open wounds that are irregular in shape.
What Causes Venous Ulcers?
When your blood does not flow properly through your veins, it may pool in lower veins, such as those in your lower legs. As the blood pools, pressure inside the vein builds, causing the walls of the vein to weaken. Fluid escapes through the weak walls and into surrounding tissue. Eventually the fluid destroys the tissue, and venous ulcers appear on the surface of your skin.
Am I at Risk for Venous Ulcers?
Venous ulcers represent approximately 80% of all ulcers on the lower extremities. In general, venous ulcers result from prolonged pressure, such as wearing tight fitting stockings. Certain medical conditions increase your likelihood of developing venous ulcers, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, osteomyelitis, and skin malignancies. Venous ulcers are more common in women and the elderly. Other risk factors include obesity, leg injuries, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and phlebitis.
How Can I Prevent Venous Ulcers?
Some people are genetically prone to developing venous ulcers. There are certain measures that can be taken to give yourself better chances of not developing venous ulcers. If you notice any changes in your skin color, such as areas of red or purple, contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment. The discoloration may be an indication of venous insufficiency that can lead to venous ulcers. If you work in a profession that requires you to stand for long hours, take frequent breaks and elevate your legs. Regular physical activity and exercise help your body maintain a healthy circulation of your blood.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.