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.
Absolutely. Especially if you use dual layer stockings and get an adequate amount of pressure.
Yes. However treating an ulcer with stockings alone is not very successful. Compression therapy with multilayer bandaging is more effective and allows for better care of the ulcer. When the ulcer is healed then one can transition to stockings.
Venous stasis . Venous stasis with ulceration is helped by compression but, more importantly, the cause of the ulcer needs to be identified and treated. A venous ultrasound will reveal the incompetent refluxing valve which will then need to be closed. Following this wound care and compression will aid in healing the venous ulcer.
yes . Short term: adequate and properly applied compression will reduce the drainage and get the ulceraton to close faster. Long term: need to address the underlying pathology and take action to help prevent recurrances. Long term: compression stockings, regardless of having surgical intervention or not.

Related Questions

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...
Yes. However the actual wrapping or compression bandage has to be placed by someone that has training in this procedure. Read more...
Reduces pressure. It also reduces inflammation. As dr. Salartash said, it is important for the wrapping to be applied by someone who is experienced. Just applying a wrap without proper compression isn't helpful. Read more...
Venous disease. Venous disease is the disorder; compression is ultimately the path to control. Due to abnormal blood flow in the return of blood to towards the heart, the pressure inside the most distal leg veins become distended, and fluid eventually leaks through the tissues to the skin and ulcer develop. Compression, the level at which needs to be determined for your safety in the way to control this condition. Read more...
Moves fluid. Venous leg ulcers are related to pooling of blood in legs and fluids in tissues compression literally squeezes it outa there. Read more...
Decrease pressure. Venous stasis ulcers are due to venous hypertension which is usually due to either increased back pressure in the saphenous system or perforator systems or both. This is due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves in these veins. Compression helps to decrease venous hypertension and increase venous return. A venous reflux ultrasound would identify the problem. See a vein specialist. Read more...
Multifactorial. Wounds need to be addressed in several ways. Some factors include: infection control, wound debridement, and compression therapy. Read more...

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...

Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Transformation. If you have underlying venous hypertension, the condition that causes venous stasis ulceration, then a skin tear could potentially not heal resulting in a non-healing wound due to underlying venous stasis. Technically this would be a multifactorial reason for the wound not healing. Read more...
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...

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...
No. Obviously, stress is never a good thing for the body as a whole, and can certainly make the healing process or recovery more difficult in any illness or injury, but in and of itself, it does not worsen stasis ulcers. These are specifically related to abnormal venous flow and the build up of venous pressure in the limbs. Read more...
Stress/venous ulcer. There is no relationship between stress and venous ulcers. Stress is related to duodenal ulcers. Read more...

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...
Venous Ulcer. You should see a vein specialist. The gold standard of treatment is to close (seal) the malfunctioning valve or valves. This is called a closure procedure and can be done by multiple methods including laser, radio frequency, foam sclerotherapy, mechanical ablation and vein surgical glue. . Read more...

What does black tissue in a venous stasis ulcer mean?

Vascular surgeon. It is dead, necrotic tissue. It needs to be debrided (cut) or put a cream called santyl on it. Discuss with your primary care doctor. Get a referral to go to a vascular surgeon. Read more...
Wounds. I would more often see dark brown pigmentation due to stagnant blood material under skin. Gradually may open up as a wound. Read more...
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...

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

Elevation/Compressio. Elevate legs above your heart when at rest. Blocks of wood under the foot of your bed. Compression stockings, 20-30mmhg gradient at all times whenever upright and off when laying down. See a vein specialist for further testing with ultrasound that can uncover the source of the problem. Read more...
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...
Vein treatment. As dr. Vorhies said, compression is the mainstay of treatment for venous leg ulcedrs and for edema. As dr. Bolhack said, the problem is venous hypertension coming from blood not flowing properly in your leg veins. Compression helps to control the increased venous pressure and reduces the inflammation the pressure causes. It is important that you have a venous ultrasound and treatment. Read more...
See vein specialist. Leg ulcers with weeping are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. Read more...