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approximately how long does it take a venous ulcer to heal whilst using a multi-layered compression bandage?

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Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Phlebology 35 years experience
Depends: Healing depends on the size, depth, and underlying cause of the ulcer. Most small ulcers can be closed in days to a few weeks. Large ulcers may require much longer. It is very important to have the underlying source of venous pressure (often varicose veins) treated to potentially speed healing and (more importantly) to be help prevent the ulcer from reappearing.
Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology 40 years experience
Depends: Compression alone may heal many venous ulcers but there is a high rat of reoccurrence because the underlying problem with the venous system is not treated. It is like putting a splint on a broken arm. See a venous specialist who can treat the underlying cause of the ulcer.

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