Wound

Care

WHAT IS A VENOUS STASIS ULCER?

 

Venous stasis ulcers occur in 1-2% of the population in the United States. It usually presents itself as an ulcer (wound) on the inside part of the lower leg. It can be any shape or size and there is usually a brown or brawny discoloration to the surrounding skin. They can be fairly deep and sometimes very painful. The underlying cause of these wounds is unique. The veins bring blood back to the heart usually flowing against gravity. Consequently, the veins are filled with many valves to prevent the blood from flowing backwards between beats of the heart. In venous hypertension the pressure can result in some proteins leaking out of the capillaries into the skin, where they permanently tattoo the skin with its characteristic brown/golden discoloration. These proteins then begin to decompose or oxidize, this damages the skin and results in an open wound.

 

HOW ARE VENOUS STASIS
WOUNDS TREATED?

 

Venous stasis ulcers occur in 1-2% of the population in the United States. It usually presents itself as an ulcer (wound) on the inside part of the lower leg. It can be any shape or size and there is usually a brown or brawny discoloration to the surrounding skin. They can be fairly deep and sometimes very painful. The underlying cause of these wounds is unique. The veins bring blood back to the heart usually flowing against gravity. Consequently, the veins are filled with many valves to prevent the blood from flowing backwards between beats of the heart. In venous hypertension the pressure can result in some proteins leaking out of the capillaries into the skin, where they permanently tattoo the skin with its characteristic brown/golden discoloration. These proteins then begin to decompose or oxidize, this damages the skin and results in an open wound.

 

 

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