Poorly Healing Leg Wound

Chronic vein issues can result in non-healing ulcers or open sores on the lower legs, typically emerging around the ankle and varying in size. While venous ulcers are generally not intensely painful, occasional discomfort or infection may occur.

Chronic venous hypertension, a contributor to venous stasis ulcers, can impede the healing of minor skin wounds on the distal lower extremity. Normal wound healing signs should manifest within a week for minor wounds.

Progressive inflammatory reactions, stemming from chronic vein disease, damage capillaries and lymphatic ducts. This damage leads to swelling in the lower legs as fluid leaks into the tissues, and hemoglobin pigment from red blood cells is deposited in the skin.

Capillary damage due to chronic vein disease results in low oxygen levels in the lower leg's soft tissues, leading to poor wound healing and chronic venous stasis ulceration. Modern care involves addressing abnormal veins causing venous insufficiency alongside compression therapy, significantly improving ulcer healing rates and reducing recurrence.

While past treatments relied on compression therapy and wound care, the current standard of care emphasizes closure of abnormal veins. This approach not only accelerates ulcer healing but also dramatically lowers recurrence rates. Untreated ulcers can worsen, potentially leading to infections, underscoring the importance of immediate medical attention for ulcers or pre-ulcerous conditions.

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