Case Study: Treatment for Venous Insufficiency with Weeping Ulcers

Treatment for Venous Insufficiency with Weeping Ulcers

Sex: Female

Age: 53

Diagnosis: Venous Insufficiency with Weeping Ulcers

This very nice 53-year-old 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 the 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 TVI, 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 for 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.