Cuts and scrapes are a part of life, but leg wounds that are slow to heal are another matter entirely. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, the board-certified vascular surgeons understand the driving factors behind leg wounds and ulcers, and they work to solve the problem before complications set in. If you have a leg wound that isn’t healing properly, call one of the three locations in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, or Riverhead, New York today. Or you can use the online scheduler.
Accidents happen, and cuts and scrapes are a fact of life for most people. Under ideal circumstances, your body sends in the necessary resources to close up the wound, heal the tissue, and prevent infection from setting in.
If you develop a wound on your leg, especially on your lower leg or ankle, that isn’t healing properly or in a timely manner (usually within a week or two), it’s known as a leg ulcer. Leg ulcers are characterized by the aforementioned inability to heal, leaving the wound open and vulnerable to infection, which can cause far larger problems.
The leading cause of leg ulcers is poor circulation, which can be brought on by:
With poor circulation, either your veins aren’t functioning properly because of valve failure, causing your blood to pool and put pressure on your lower limbs, or your arteries are narrowed, compromising the flow of blood and healing resources.
If you have a slow-healing leg wound, your doctor at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center sits down with you to review your medical history and performs a visual exam of the wound. To determine whether there may be a vascular problem, your doctor orders testing, including Doppler ultrasound, to check for malfunctions in your blood vessels.
If your doctor finds that you have a circulatory problem, his goal is twofold: 1) Heal the immediate wound, and 2) Address the vascular issue. It’s imperative that you seek medical help for a slow-healing leg ulcer as your risk for infection is high. With antibiotics and proper wound care, your doctor can heal your wound, and also mitigate the circumstances behind your ulcer.
If your doctor finds that venous insufficiency is behind your problems with leg wounds, they may recommend treatments that include:
The bottom line is that leg wounds shouldn’t be ignored, and the earlier you seek medical intervention at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, the better. Simply call one of the three locations or use the online scheduling tool to get started.