Treatment for Leg Ulcers in Houston, TX

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Chronic vein problems can lead to non-healing ulcers or open sores in the lower legs. These venous ulcers usually develop around your ankle and can vary in size from very small to several inches in diameter. While usually not very painful, venous ulcers can hurt quite a lot. They may also get infected.

Chronic vein disease causes a progressive inflammatory reaction that damages the capillaries and lymphatic ducts. Damage of these vital structures leads to swelling caused by fluid leaking out into your lower leg tissues. The pigment hemoglobin inside of your red blood cells get deposited in the skin and tissues of the lower leg. This iron-based deposit can cause damage to your tissue, leading to ulcers.

At the same time, damage to capillaries caused by chronic vein disease leads to low oxygen levels in these soft tissue areas. This leads to poor wound healing and chronic venous stasis ulceration. In the past, we relied on compression therapy and wound care to treat venous ulcers. While effective, compression therapy alone was associated with high  venous ulcers recurrence rates.

Symptoms of Leg Ulcers

There are three types of ulcers to consider if you believe you might be suffering from vein and vascular disease:

  • Venous ulcer: Moist, weepy, or wet lesions on the inside or outside ankle, which may or may not be painless
  • Arterial ulcer: Dry, “punched out,” and painful lesions that usually appear on the toes or feet
  • Diabetic (neurotrophic) ulcer: Located on the pressure points of the foot, like the ball or the heel

Medtronic Leg Ulcer Progression

Treating Leg Ulcers at Texas Endovascular

The standard of care now relies on closing the abnormal veins causing venous insufficiency AND compression therapy. In addition to improving the rate of ulcer healing, state of the art vein treatment drastically lowers venous ulcer recurrence rates. The ulcers heal faster and are much less likely to return.

An ulcer is a very severe condition, requiring treatment of both the open wound and the underlying vein disease. If left untreated, the condition will progress, allowing the ulcer to get larger and possibly become infected. It is crucial to seek medical treatment immediately for ulcers or pre-ulcerous conditions.

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Texas Endovascular provides the most advanced and minimally invasive vein treatments for the Greater Houston area. These come without the risks of surgery or the expense and hassle of going to the hospital. Intervening early helps prevent the escalation of pain and suffering.

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