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Varicose Veins can cause Venous Leg Ulcers

Varicose Veins can cause Venous Leg Ulcers

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Varicose Vein Treatment may Prevent and Eliminate Venous Leg Ulcers

office-06.jpgA number of our patients come in with venous leg ulcers, open wounds near their ankles. Many have been living with them for years, but are not aware of the connections between their ulcers and other venous diseases like varicose veins.  Our promise to treat their ulcers sound similar to promises they may have heard from many other doctors, but patients are often willing to try anything when they feel they have hopelessly exhausted all their available options. Naturally, many patients spend time seeing their dermatologists who try to treat the skin by scraping or wrapping the wounds, or other Doctors who offer various topical or oral medications to reduce the swelling, but unless the problem is treated at the source it will never be resolved, only temporarily diminished. 


Venous leg ulcers, also known as stasis ulcers, represent nearly 75-80 percent of all leg ulcers. Generally, venous ulcers are open wounds predominately occurring in the lower legs of people suffering from poor circulation, often caused by inefficient vein valves that have been stretched or damaged over time allowing the blood to pool in the lower leg. Eventually, this causes the tissue to swell and break open. Although the prevalence of venous ulcers in the U.S. is around 1 million people, if the source of the ulceration is left untreated, venous ulcers can recur and persist from months to many years, having a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life.


For the past several decades, compression therapy has remained the most common standard of care for venous leg ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. In fact, venous ulcers account for an estimated $2 billion of medical expenses per year in the U.S. However, wound wraps and compression stockings, while helpful to increase circulation and reduce the size of the wound, require lifelong commitments to maintain and are frequently insufficient to actually heal a venous leg ulcer in a timely and cost effective manner when unaccompanied by treatment at the source. This is also true for treatments such as skin grafting, and topical or oral medications, including vitamins or supplements.

Although treating a venous leg ulcer is somewhat common for us at Illinois Vein Specialists, most other physicians and patients are unaware of the possibilities varicose vein treatment can have on the medical world. One of the reasons for this may be due to the fact that the practice of venous and lymphatic medicine is one of the newest Board Certified sub-specialties in medicine (2008). However, by learning more about the dynamic benefits of improving circulation through the treatment of chronic venous hypertension (varicose veins), patients and doctors alike will be both astonished and delighted to find how quickly leg ulcers can heal when treated at the source of the problem.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we have incorporated a broader mission not only to educate the general public on the implications of vein disease, but also other physicians so that they may better understand the possibilities for alternative treatments. That is why it is important to share our patients' stories of hope, so that others who suffer from varicose veins and venous leg ulcers can seek relief and suffer no more. 
Venous Leg Ulcer pre_treatment

 Actual Patient Before Treatment



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Patient Post-Treatment

(7 months)

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 Patient Post-Treatment

(1 year)


For more information please download our Patient Guide!

Download: A Patient's Guide to Treating Varicose & Spider Veins


Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois.

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins — find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic physician.


Tagged Varicose Vein Treatment, Venous Leg Ulcers, Stasis Ulcers


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