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How does wrapping my leg help with venous stasis ulcers?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Leg ulcers often respond to pressure treatment but this does not usually cured them long term. 40% of leg ulcers treated in this manner will recur within one year if the underlying problem is not repaired. Chronic Venus insufficiency can be appropriately diagnosed and treated by a specialist. A cure of 95% can be achieved with correct treatment of the venous disease. Venus ulcers treated in this way occur again much less frequently.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

However the actual wrapping or compression bandage has to be placed by someone that has training in this procedure.

In brief: Yes

However the actual wrapping or compression bandage has to be placed by someone that has training in this procedure.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Multifactorial

Wounds need to be addressed in several ways.
Some factors include: infection control, wound debridement, and compression therapy.

In brief: Multifactorial

Wounds need to be addressed in several ways.
Some factors include: infection control, wound debridement, and compression therapy.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. David Hardin
Wound care

In brief: Moves fluid

Venous leg ulcers are related to pooling of blood in legs and fluids in tissues compression literally squeezes it outa there.

In brief: Moves fluid

Venous leg ulcers are related to pooling of blood in legs and fluids in tissues compression literally squeezes it outa there.
Dr. David Hardin
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ted King
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