One of the most challenging venous complications is a skin ulcer. A skin ulcer is an open sore resulting from the smallest trauma to the skin. Combined with long-term chronic venous disease, this can result in skin breakdown where the area around the ulcer is red, swollen, tender, and quite painful. Venous ulcers usually occur on the inner side of the ankle.
The most frustrating component for patients who develop skin ulcers is that many times the only recommended treatment is lifelong wound care requiring continuous visits to a wound care center and multiple dressing changes. Unless the root cause of the skin ulcer, vein disease, is treated these ulcers will reoccur in two years or less. Venous ablation and sclerotherapy prevent cyclical ulcerations.
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