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Do compression stockings help with venous stasis ulcers?

Do compression stockings help with venous stasis ulcers?

Venous Ulcer RX: Compression is the key to treating venous stasis ulcerations. In a comprehensive wound care center, there are many different types of compression used. First, make sure that the level of compression that is being used is safe to use. Your wound care professionals will be able to assist you through this process. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Venous Stasis (Definition)

Venous stasis is the backup of venous blood flow due to malfunctioning(refluxing) of the venous valves. These valves occur in the superficial , perforator and deep venous systems. When these valves malfunction, the back pressure builds up in the veins leading to venous hypertension and symptoms of leg heaviness, cramping or tiredness. Signs of venous stasis would be ...Read more


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How does wrapping my leg help with venous stasis ulcers?

How does wrapping my leg help with venous stasis ulcers?

Lowers vein pressure: Wrapping the leg with a venous stasis ulcer will dramatically decrease te pressure in the veins. This reverses the process which caused the ulcer in the first place. Healing does not occur overnight. It will take weeks to months depending on how large the wound is. ...Read more

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How do you stop a venous stasis ulcer from weeping?

How do you stop a venous stasis ulcer from weeping?

Compression: The most important treatment to a venous stasis ulcer is compression wrap or hose. The compression of the wrap must sufficient to counterbalance the underlying venous hypertension. The venous hypertension vhtn is the cause of the weeping and ulcer. Vhtn pressure is the result of gravity and faulty valves.Once proper compression is applied weeping and proper wound care is applied weeping will stop. ...Read more

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I have venous stasis ulcers. Who has the best website for easy to understand information on this subject?

I have venous stasis ulcers. Who has the best website for easy to understand information on this subject?

Website for venous : I have not come across any sites that i would consider best. Use healthtap™ to ask any questions and review the comments by the physicians that post answers here using the key words: venous stasis, chronic venous insufficiency, veins, etc. ...Read more

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Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Yes: Venous stasis is caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, letting fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally having so much back pressure that nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers or inability to heal minor wounds. ...Read more

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Can stress cause venous stasis ulcers to worsen?

Can stress cause venous stasis ulcers to worsen?

Stress Veins: Not specifically. Stress is never a helpful thing--we do not recommend stress to help cure our patients no matter what the disease may be. Venous stasis ulcers will worsen if the underlying pathology, increased pressure of the veins, is not addressed nor treated appropriately. Other causes of worsening ulcers can include an infectious etiology also. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a venous stasis ulcer and an ischemic ulcer?

Ulcer artery vs vein: Venous ulcers are due to high blood pressure of the veins resulting in the leakage of fluid into the tissues of the legs. Compression of the lower extremities and surgery on the veins can correct this. Ischemic ulcers are due to problems with arteries. There are larger arteries and small microscopic ones and either or both can have blockages. They usually can be discerned from each other. ...Read more

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I have had a venous stasis ulcer for 6 months. It was determined that it is caused by a valve insufficiency. What is the best and safest way to cure ?

Remove the vein: number one rule to heal venous stasis ulcer is to eliminate the stasis. you can achieve that by wearing high pressure stocking. eliminate prolonged standing or sitting. eliminate the disease vein with a bad valve by having it removed either by destroying the vein from inside the lumen,or romove the vein completely,or destroying the vein from outside by laser. losing weight might help. keep leg up. ...Read more

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What does black tissue in a venous stasis ulcer mean?

Black in ulcer: 'black' tissue can be several things in an ulcer. It can represent decayed tissue, infected tissue, affects of silver based dressings, etc. Please go to a wound center to be seen. ...Read more

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I have edema and a venous stasis ulcer. Help please?

I have edema and a venous stasis ulcer. Help please?

Vein hypertension: You need an evaluation by a clinician that understands this disease process. Seek help from your internist , wound care physician, vascular surgeon etc. ...Read more

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Can I swim in a chlorine pool with venous stasis ulcer?

No: Open wounds in a public swimming pool is discouraged for public health reasons. If it is your pool, then subjecting the ulcer to chlorine should not influence the healing process. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Help plz! Can skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

No: Skin tears alone don't cause venous stasis ulcers. Wounds can heal poorly with several medical conditions, including severe varicose vein disease and severe venous insufficiency -in which case they may need to be treated like a venous ulcer. A venous stasis ulcer can occur without prior skin injury and can take months to years to heal. Treatment of varicose veins before an ulcer occurs is best.. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis code for open venous stasis ulcers?

Coding: Not sure why codes are important to you. There are a group of codes that describe venous hypertension, with and without inflammation, and with and without ulceration. There are another set of codes that describe ulcerations and these vary depending on the location along the lower extremity that they are found. ...Read more

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Are venous stasis ulcers successfully treated by hyperbaric oxygen?

Are venous stasis ulcers successfully treated by hyperbaric oxygen?

Not standard care: The standard of care for the treatment of venous leg ulcers would be compression, not hyperbaric oxygen, as dr. Bohack said. ...Read more

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I have venous stasis ulcers. Which kind of physician should I see about this?

Treat the cause: Although a wound care center or a vein specialist can treat your ulcer, it is important to make sure that you treat the cause (venous insufficiency) of the ulcer. Treating your vein problem will help your ulcer heal more quickly and will also help to keep it from coming back once it is healed. ...Read more

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Will using santyl ointment and xeroform dressing together slow down the healing process on a venous stasis ulcer

Will using santyl ointment and xeroform dressing together slow down the healing process on a venous stasis ulcer

Wound care products: Your clinicians have chosen two of 4000+ products to treat your wound. Collagenase is in an ointment base and is an enzyme deb riding agent that is being used in your wound. The xeroform dressing is adherent and helps promote moist healing. Discuss these products with your clinician to learn more on why they were chosen. ...Read more

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Venous stasis ulcers, cellulitis, finished 3rd antibiotic 10 days ago. Pain, swelling, puss & odor, now 100° fever. Do I need to go to the ER?

Venous stasis ulcers, cellulitis, finished 3rd antibiotic 10 days ago. Pain, swelling, puss & odor, now 100° fever. Do I need to go to the ER?

Yes: you should be seen urgently, but you need to take care of your venous insufficency issue as this most likely is causing the swelling and not allowing ulcer to close.with an open ulcer you are having repeated episodes of cellulitis. overuse of antibiotics can lead to issues e.g resistance and worse diarrhes ...Read more

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Do you have to get an abi test done before you can use compression or an unna boot on a stasis ulcer ?

Compression: Great question. The edict "first do no harm" is important. In order to determine the correct and maximal compression for you, you should have some testing of the arterial tree to make sure it is safe to compress. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a stasis ulcer on my leg?

How to get rid of a stasis ulcer on my leg?

See a venous Dr.: Venous stasis is caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, letting fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally having so much back pressure that nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers. It is treated by laser ablation. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more