Venous Diseases and Their Role in Skin Changes and Ulceration

Speaker: John S. Hogg, MD, DABR, DABVLM, RPVI, RPhS, RVT, RVS

Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) account for 70% to 80% of lower extremity wounds. These wounds often have a mixed etiology of arterial and venous insufficiency. Pathophysiological factors include reflux and obstruction, or a combination of both.

Bandaging of VLUs has been a treatment used since 3500 BCE. Recent clinical data confirm that compression bandaging and stockings move wounds toward healing. However, patients whose VLUs do not heal require a minimally invasive surgical procedure to repair faulty valves and remove blockages.

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