Non-Healing Ulcer Before & After
Diagnosis: Venous Insufficiency that led to Venous Ulcers
This very nice 53 yo female patient was referred by her cardiologist with 2 non-healing ulcers, one on each leg. She notes the open weeping ulcers have been present for the last 4 years. She had several unsuccessful procedures performed on her by another physician. After those procedures, she initially had some short-lived improvement in her symptoms but he ulcers never healed. She notes debilitating leg pain that affects her ability to work. Other symptoms include aching pain, tenderness, cramping, leg swelling, itching, tingling, heaviness, and tiredness.
At The Vein Institute, she was evaluated with a physical exam and ultrasound. She was diagnosed with venous insufficiency or high pressure in the superficial veins due to faulty valves. She underwent treatment of both legs. Incompetent superficial veins were ablated using modern endovenous techniques. This decreased the pressure in her venous system allowing her ulcers to heal. She has been ulcer free for over 9 months. Also, she notes her symptoms have resolved, enabling her to return to work pain-free.