Venous Leg Ulcers: Needle Stick Venous Stasis Ulcer Treatment Offers a Permanent Cure
As the ultimate consequence of untreated venous stasis and severe venous hypertension (high blood pressure), leg ulcers make life almost unbearable for patients. Swollen, aching legs, difficulty standing and walking, restless legs, brownish discolored leathery skin, and infected leg ulcers are constant reminders of the agony of venous disease.
Too many times, patients with stasis leg ulcers are misdiagnosed and mismanaged. They may be treated for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or sent for symptomatic wound care treatment. In spite of weeks to months of wound treatment, their ulcers resist healing. When ulcers and cellulitis, the surrounding infection fails to resolve, patients are often told that amputation is their only alternative. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to happen to you. The answers including a permanent cure, are available through simple, painless, out-patient procedures performed right in the office at VSA. Keep reading to learn more.
The Disease Process behind Leg Ulcers Caused by Venous Insufficiency
When valves in leg veins become incompetent, vein blood flow reverses. This increases blood pressure in the venous system and is called venous hypertension. Usually patients notice the formation of spider veins and varicose veins in the early stages as these superficial veins dilate or become engorged. With worsening venous stasis and congestion, the increased venous pressure causes swelling as fluid leaks into surrounding tissues. Skin thickens and becomes discolored due to impaired capillary exchange of nutrients and wastes. Eventually tissue death results, producing venous leg ulcers and the potential for a severe infection around the ulcer called cellulitis. Venous leg ulcers and the associated symptoms are collectively called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. Problems in the saphenous and perforator vein systems are generally found in patients with these conditions.
State-of-the-Art Leg Ulcer Treatment that Cures Venous Stasis
Traditional treatment for venous stasis leg ulcers (when the condition is properly diagnosed), has involved invasive vascular surgery procedures associated with a long and difficult recovery. Patients are hospitalized and undergo procedures with general anesthesia.
Patients treated by Dr. Jeffrey B. Alpern, D.O., cardiovascular surgeon and vein specialist at VSA, arrive with stories of despair related to decades of suffering and treatment failures. Their anxiety and disbelief is rapidly transformed as they get their life and health restored from simple, relatively painless office procedures performed with a single needle stick. Recovery is rapid, leg ulcers heal and related symptoms are permanently eliminated.
When you come to VSA for treatment of your venous stasis leg ulcer, we provide unmatched services that are associated with a 96 – 99% cure rate and virtually no complications. State-of-the-art vascular procedures performed by Dr. Alpern, unknown to most vein treatment doctors, are performed in the office from a single needle stick with a local anesthetic. Comfortable Saphenous and Perforator Laser and Radio Frequency Ablation procedures at VSA are well tolerated. You will resume walking immediately after your procedure and return to your normal activities within a few days to a week. Request an appointment today and let us help you to regain a quality of life you thought was not even possible.
Vein Treatment Common Questions
An underlying venous problem can lead to more serious problems such as blood clots, bleeding, skin pigmentation and ulcers. Relatively simple procedures can eliminate these conditions before they become catastrophic and life threatening events. Treatments for venous diseases are generally covered by health insurance plans and Medicare.
During your initial visit, all of the following are provided:
- Office consultation with physician
- Ultrasound screening
- Diagnosis and treatment plan
- Comfortable, relaxed environment
- Professional caring staff specializing in state-of-the-art vein treatment
- Awake but comfortable with local anesthesia
- No incisions or sutures (stitches)
- Minimal to no scarring
- All procedures done through a simple needle stick
- Most patients do not require pre-medication and can drive themselves to and from the procedure
- Little downtime – resume walking the same day
- Post operative discomfort managed through OTC pain medicine
Besides people with an obvious vein problem (bulging veins), the following symptoms may be related to underlying venous disease:
- Painful and Tender legs
- Restless legs
- Itchy legs
- Swollen legs
- Strange sensations on the legs
- Leathery skin on the legs
- Skin discoloration on the legs
- Leg ulcers
When your venous screening exam reveals the presence of venous disease, we accept most insurance coverages including Medicare.
Leg Ulcer Treatment Common Questions
Venous leg ulcers, also called stasis leg ulcers, are the extreme consequence of incompetent malfunctioning valves in deeper and more prominent leg veins, specifically the saphenous and perforator vein systems. Blood flows backwards towards the legs, increasing venous pressure and preventing the normal exchange of nutrients and wastes at the tiniest capillary blood vessels. Superficial veins become prominent, producing spider veins and varicose veins. Leg ulcers may accompany associated symptoms of leg pain, swelling, restless legs at night, thickened leathery and discolored skin, and difficulty walking and standing. Infection of the tissue surrounding the ulcer called cellulitis may develop. Venous leg ulcers and cellulities heal very slowly if at all.
People at risk for diseases of the veins are more likely to develop venous leg ulcers. Some of the more common risk factors for venous diseases include a history of blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), obesity, traumatic injuries, family history, sedentary life style, occupations that involve prolonged sitting and standing, severe illnesses, medications and pregnancy.
Venous diseases affect people as young as their teens as well as those in their senior years. Sometimes, leg ulcers develop in younger people as a result of a spider vein or traumatic injury. Because they are young, the possibility of venous disease is overlooked. Unfortunately, decades of misdiagnosis and mismanagement generally follow unless these patients are fortunate enough to be seen by a skilled vein specialist. We encourage anyone with a leg ulcer or symptoms of venous disease to be evaluated in our office by scheduling a screening exam.
Varicose veins are signs of venous stasis that are commonly found in leg ulcer patients. Very large, prominent varicose veins are generally caused by a problem in the large and small saphenous vein systems. Venous leg ulcers are generally caused by a problem in the perforator vein system that connects the superficial and deeper veins. Usually, patients with severe venous disease have problems in their saphenous and perforator systems. Both varicose veins and leg ulcers can be effectively treated through simple needle stick out-patient vascular surgery procedures. Although the procedures to treat the leg ulcer may not directly remove varicose veins, additional procedures will effectively eliminate both problems.
Venous leg ulcers as well as treatment of all venous stasis conditions are covered by Medicare and private insurance. When venous disease is determined to be present, the ultrasound diagnostic evaluation and surgical treatment are generally reimbursed by insurance. Procedures performed solely for cosmetic purposes such as spider vein and varicose vein removal, are the patient’s financial responsibility. Our front office will gladly assist you in the insurance reimbursement process when appropriate.
Incompetent perforator veins in the calf are responsible for most leg ulcers in the lower legs. When this is the case, removal of these dysfunctional perforator veins heals leg ulcers and all related venous insufficiency symptoms. Laser and Radio Frequency ablation is a highly effective and well tolerated procedure performed with a single needle stick using local anesthesia. With this minimally invasive vascular techniques, over 99% of venous leg ulcers can be successfully treated. Patients resume normal activities within a few days and there is complete healing of ulcers within a few months.
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You are one step away from the most effective, technologically advanced procedures for the safe and virtually painless treatment of spider veins, varicose veins, venous leg ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. These state-of-the-art aesthetic and medical procedures are fast, comfortable, without side effects, associated with a rapid recovery, and performed in the office while you remain awake. Procedures for the treatment of venous disease are generally covered by insurance and Medicare.
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- Address: 9515 W. Camelback Rd., Suite 108 Phoenix, AZ 85037
- Phone: (623) 428-0068
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