Venous Ulcer Surgery in C-scheme, Jaipur
A venous ulcer is a chronic leg ulcer. It develops inside the leg just above the ankle. Venous ulcers usually take a good amount of time to heal.
Causes of venous ulcers
Venous ulcers are the most common type of ulcers affecting women more than men. Here are some common causes of venous ulcers.
- Age advancement
- Minor leg injuries
- Family history in venous ulcers
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or excessive smoking
- Inflammation in veins
- Poor nutrition
- Standing for long periods
- The inefficiency of the calf muscle (calf muscles help in circulating the blood to the heart from the lower half of the body)
Symptoms of venous ulcers
Some common symptoms of venous ulcers are:
- The skin with venous ulcers may turn dark or purple.
- They may cause pain
- Dryness and itchiness on the skin.
- Rough patches of skin may develop on the infected area.
- Swollen ankles
Treatment and remedies
Compression therapy: Compression therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on reducing swelling from the legs, improving reflux action, and decreasing the pain. It takes from 24 weeks to a year to heal from the venous ulcers through compression therapy.
Although the life-long practice of compression therapy may decrease the risk of recurrence.
Medications: Compression therapy helps in preventing the ulcer from further development. It may not work in cases where ulcers are already developed. In such cases; medicines like aspirin can sometimes be useful. Although, the correct medicine prescription can only be advised by a doctor.
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Transparent dressings: the wound is covered by a transparent, plastic-like film that helps to improve circulation and hold the wound in its place.
Vein ablation or surgery: if the venous ulcer takes a longer period to heal then the doctors at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur may advise a minor surgery for removing any non-living tissue that prevents the wound from healing.
Caring for venous ulcers
Venous ulcers need to be treated with proper care for preventing infections and promoting healing. It's important to see a doctor and get the venous ulcers diagnosed right away
To maintain proper hygiene for curing venous ulcers, it’s important to:
- Clean the wound with water properly and regularly.
- Intake medicines advised by the doctor to prevent infection.
- Do transparent dressings on the ulcer.
- Avoid the use of harsh products.
- Get tested for allergies
- Apply an ointment prescribed by the doctor to prevent infections.
- Prevent blood pooling out from the legs by wearing compression stockings.
- Wear a compression wrap to keep blood flow back up to your heart.
Prevention of venous ulcers
Venous ulcers are connected to vein problems. So, it is important to take proper care and prevent vein problems to prevent venous ulcers. Venous ulcers can be prevented by following healthy habits such as:
- Lifestyle changes can improve circulation and decrease the risk for venous ulcers
- Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol or smoking
- Weight loss (if the patient has obesity)>
- Activeness and moving around often
- Practising plenty of exercises.
- Elevate legs for a short period.
- Wear compression stockings
Venous ulcers are the most common type of ulcers. They take a long time to heal. They can be cured by proper care and medication. In rare and severe cases, venous ulcers can be treated through a minor surgery that involves the removal of a non-living tissue which is creating barriers in the prevention of venous ulcers.
Venous ulcers take a longer time to heal. The time duration can be 24 weeks to a year but they heal eventually with proper care and medication.
People who have a history of leg ulcers, diabetes, heart failure or, vascular disease and people who are above 35 years of age are more at risk of developing venous ulcers.
Venous ulcers can make your daily living uncomfortable and decrease the quality of your life. Venous ulcers may also cause infections or pain around the wound.