Venous Ulcer Specialist

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

Board-Certified General Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Brandon, FL

Many men and women from in and around Brandon, Florida, turn to GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center for treatment of a venous ulcer. This condition can be incredibly painful, and Dr. Hall and Dr. Butterick take great care to provide effective and compassionate care to those suffering from venous ulcers. If you spot signs of an ulcer, schedule an appointment right away, with either the online scheduling tool or a phone call to the office.

Venous Ulcer Q & A

What is a venous ulcer?

An ulcer is a medical term used to describe an open sore. A venous ulcer, or stasis ulcer, is a sore on your leg caused by poor circulation. Venous ulcers are more common among older men and women. If left untreated, they can lead to serious health concerns.

You may have an elevated risk of developing a venous ulcer if you have these conditions:

  • Previous leg injuries
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Varicose veins
  • Blood clots
  • Phlebitis

What are the symptoms of a venous ulcer?

The most obvious symptom of a venous ulcer is a break in the skin on your leg or ankle. Additional symptoms include:

  • Sensations of itching or burning
  • Areas of brownish discoloration
  • Rash or patches of dry skin
  • Foul-smelling fluid coming from an open sore

If you also notice swelling, redness, pain, pus, or fever near a leg or ankle sore, your ulcer may be infected. Seek immediate care at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center so the doctors can control the infection and promote healing.

What are the treatments for venous ulcers?

The first step in treating a venous ulcer is to clean the wound. Your practitioner carefully cleans the area, removing dead tissue and debris that can complicate healing. Once the wound is properly cleaned, a special nonadhesive dressing is applied to isolate the wound from environmental contaminants.

If you have a bacterial infection, a course of antibiotics can help. A moist dressing can keep the area clean and allow the medication to do its job. The time it takes for your venous ulcer to heal depends on your overall health, the size of your ulcer, and how deeply the wound penetrates into your tissues.

Your doctor may also advise wearing compression stockings to provide pressure on the affected area, which improves blood flow and boosts healing. It’s important to keep your leg elevated while seated to reduce swelling and improve circulation. Be sure to engage in regular exercise each day; walking or other non-strenuous physical activities can help promote healing.

Finally, your treatment path may include venous surgery to create permanent improvements in your circulation. This can heal your current ulcer and go a long way toward preventing future ulcers from developing.

Customized treatment plans are central to the practice at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center. Reach out to schedule an appointment today, and begin a path toward healthy circulatory function.