Definition of a venous ulcer
September 28th, 2010
Chronic Venous Ulcer
71 year male presented with a chronic venous insufficiency ulcer of the right lower leg of six month duration. The patient was previously being treated at a wound clinic using alginates, duoderm and compression dressings, but made no significant progress toward healing.Wound-Be-Gone® was started on December 29, 2009. Compression therapy was continued and dressings were changed every three days. Treatment was finished and the wound fully healed on January 20, 2010.
ONE SMALL 5 g TUBE of Wound-Be-Gone® was used.
Definition of a Venous Ulcer
Venous ulcers are wounds that form when valves in the veins in your legs are not functioning properly. They cause 70%-90% of chronic wounds and develop along the medial distal leg. The most common place to find a venous ulcer is above the ankle, but they can be found anywhere below the knee. If you have a venous ulcer, your leg will most likely become swollen, which causes the surrounding skin to become dry, itchy, and sometimes become a brownish color.
What is Venous Insufficiency
Venous insufficiency is caused by problems deep within the leg. If the valves in your veins become damaged or missing, the veins remain filled with blood instead of allowing blood flow to continue. Several factors that may put you at risk for developing venous insufficiency are history of deep vein thrombosis in the legs, age, being a female, being tall, genetic factors, obesity, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing.
What to do if an Infection Occurs
If you think you are developing a venous ulcer, you should contact your physician immediately so they can suggest proper treatment for you. The usual treatment process if there is drainage or an infection involves taking oral antibiotics. However, if the cellulitis is not going away quickly and drainage continues, a deep culture may be taken and you may have to take parenteral antibiotics.
Topical treatments help decrease the infection rate and encourage a moist environment which helps quicken the healing process. Creams and dressings can be used together with compression therapy, which will make the blood start flowing correctly through the superficial veins into the deep veins.
Other Treatments Being Used to Heal Venous Ulcers
Another treatment for venous ulcers is debridement, which is removing all non-viable, infected tissue and bone from open wounds until a new healthy, bleeding soft tissue and uninfected bone are formed. Debridement activates the platelets to control the hemorrhage while releasing growth factors that begin the healing process. Plastic surgical procedures used for immediate healing are autologous skin grafts muscle flats. People may also choose to have split thickness grafts if they have a larger wound that is not healing because it permits drainage of wound fluid without disrupting graft adherence to the wound.
Latest Developments in Healing Wound-Be-Gone®
The latest developments in scientific research have showed us new ways for treating venous ulcers and other wounds. “We’ve found a way to neutralize oxygen free radicals via an unprecedented ‘oxygen free radical binding technology, “Dr. Jeffrey A. Niezgoda, MD, FACHM, FAPWCA, FACEP, Director of the Centers for Comprehensive Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy-Aurora Health Care said. Oxygen free radicals are unstable molecules created where the body is injured. If they are uncontrolled, this unstable molecule can have a damaging impact on the healthy tissue and slow down, or completely stop, the healing process. One available product on the market capable of neutralizing the reactive oxygen species via oxygen free radicals binding technology is a product called Wound-Be-Gone®. For more information on Wound-Be-Gone, please visit the website Wound-Be-Gone® .