Dr. Aaron Schwaab, General Surgeon, treats many patients in the Wound Care Clinic for painful leg ulcers. Many of these ulcers are a symptom of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) a condition in which the leg veins are damaged and regular blood circulation is impaired.
CVI & Varicose Veins
People with CVI usually have varicose veins. While many people are embarrassed by the appearance of varicose veins, for people with CVI these veins can potentially lead to serious medical concerns including leg achiness, swelling, skin discoloration and worst of all, painful leg ulcers.
Leg ulcers are open wounds that require specialty care to heal. Dr. Schwaab and his team at the Wound Care Clinic treat more leg ulcers than any other type of wound. With proper care and treatment, the wound will heal but recurrence is high.
Treating the Cause – Endovenous Laser Treatment
The treatment for CVI traditionally involved removing the damaged vein. For many years this was mainly accomplished through painful vein stripping, a procedure often done under general anesthesia. When the damaged vein was removed, patients were less likely to get recurrent ulcers. Advances in technology have changed vein treatment into a simple outpatient procedure. Using endovenous laser treatment and local anesthesia, Dr. Schwaab is able to seal the damaged vein rather than completely remove it. Patients leave the clinic encouraged to resume normal activity immediately.
“Treating the wound is treating a symptom of the underlying disease. When we address the CVI by sealing the varicose veins, the patient’s potential for leg ulcers drops dramatically,” shares Dr. Schwaab.
Endovenous laser treatment is covered by most insurances provided the patient is exhibiting one of the following symptoms:
• Leg achiness
• Edema (swelling)
• Skin discoloration
• Leg ulcers
Please check your insurance for coverage details.
To learn more about endovenous laser treatment and if it’s the right option for you, please contact the Stoughton Hospital General Surgery Clinic at (608) 873-2266.