Varicose veins: unsightly, potentially painful, but on their own not necessarily a health risk. However, if left untreated, this type of vein disease can lead to serious complications. One such complication is leg ulcers, which are poorly healing wounds that are an eyesore and potentially very painful. Dr. John Chuback, a leading vein doctor, encourages you to pursue varicose vein treatment to lessen the risk of this unnecessary complication.
What should Bergen County, New Jersey patients know about leg ulcers?
Leg ulcers form secondary to problems in the flow of blood in the veins and arteries. There are two major kinds of ulcers associated with blood flow problems: venous ulcers and arterial ulcers. Venous ulcers have a strong association with varicose veins.
Venous ulcers tend to occur in the lower or middle part of the leg above the ankle. In general, they look worse than they feel. They may be large and “ugly” in appearance, with an irregular shape, discoloration, and brown, firm skin around the area. However, they usually do not cause much pain. Any pain that is felt can be addressed through elevating the leg.
Arterial ulcers, on the other hand, feel worse than they look. They are more likely to appear on the foot and toes, where a lack of blood flow does not cause much drainage. While they may not look as bad, they cause much more pain than venous ulcers.
The risk of limb loss for patients with venous ulcers is low. However, arterial ulcers are a more serious problem. People experiencing this kind of ulcer, especially those with diabetes, should contact a doctor for immediate treatment.
How are varicose veins treated?
Treating varicose veins and spider veins will help reduce the risk of developing complications like vein ulcers. Varicose vein specialist, Dr. John Chuback, at Chuback Medical Group have a number of safe and effective treatments at their disposal to address vein disease. Sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Treatment are two common procedures.
Sclerotherapy is a common form of spider vein treatment. It focuses on closing off a problematic vein through the injection of a chemical agent. This agent causes irritation to the lining of the veins, causing them to swell and close. Once they are closed and unusable, they gradually fade from sight. This type of treatment works best on superficial veins near the surface, making it ideal for spider veins.
Varicose veins often have their source in veins deeper in the leg. Endovenous Laser Treatment is often utilized to treat these deeper veins. During this procedure, a laser expert will use an ultrasound to guide a tiny catheter into the diseased vein. The catheter will deliver heat from a laser, closing off the vein. The body will divert blood to healthier veins, eliminating the build-up of pressure that causes bulging vein problems. EVLT Treatment is usually conducted with a local anesthetic, allowing the procedure to be pain-free.
More information on leg ulcers
Not all varicose veins will result in leg ulcers, but you should understand that the potential is there. Through varicose vein treatment this does not need to be a concern. You can contact Dr. Chuback to set up a consultation. He or one of the other varicose vein doctors at the Chuback Medical Group can help you get a better understanding of your individual situation and advise you on the best course of action. When addressed in a timely manner, vein disease is not likely to lead to more serious complications.