There are 3 kinds of ulcers, and each is very serious:
1. Arterial (Artery) Ulcers
2. Venous (Vein) Ulcers
3. Pressure Ulcers
Arterial Ulcers are caused by Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and other artery diseases. PAD can be caused by:
• cigarette smoking
• high cholesterol
• being overweight
• family history
Vein Ulcers are most often on ankles or calves of the legs. They are most often caused by leaky or blocked veins in legs. When circulation from long-standing reflux in veins causes the skin to become thickened and inflamed, it can actually break down into an open sore.
“Like all ulcers, this type of ulcer is serious,” says Dr. Zadeh. “It leads to swollen legs, thickening of the skin, and discoloration. The veins can bleed into the skin and turn it a dark brown and purple color.”
Pressure Ulcers are most often found on heels and areas of the body that could be under pressure. They are caused by gravity or pressure, and lack of exercise or ability to move lower extremities. They are often found on people who are recovering from orthopedic injuries, have disabilities or are in nursing facilities.
People with pressure ulcers may or may not have vein and artery disease. Once we diagnose this condition, we treat any vein and artery affected. Then, we protect that area of the body and skin with special garments, boots, or beds that will offload the pressure. We also use antibiotics, special ointments, and wound vacs.
In severe cases, the patient may need debridement (removing dead tissue) or skin grafting. This should only be done by a skilled, experienced physician.
Whether you have a known issue already, would like to get a second opinion, or are experiencing a condition that has you concerned, the fist step starts with good screening.
We are Now Offering Complimentary Screenings Which Includes:
- Patient history discussion
- A full comprehensive physical examination
- An ultrasound to ensure we fully understand the problem(s)
- Pain management plan if necessary
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If Surgery Is Required To Address Leg Ulcers or Related Conditions…
Beyond Leg Ulcers, we bring years of accomplishments as a cardiovascular specialists as well as offer the newest minimally invasive endovascular procedures. We are the only physicians in the area trained to perform these minimally invasive endovascular procedures enabling us to provide the latest medical techniques for patients with heart and vascular diseases. We have performed more than 3,000 open heart surgeries and thousands of thoracic and vascular surgeries.
With over 30 years’ experience as a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Barry J. Zadeh is considered by many of his peers to be a world leader in the vein and vascular field.
Dr. Zadeh brings years of accomplishments as a vein and vascular surgeon, mastering the newest minimally-invasive endovascular procedures.