They often develop in the inner side of the tibia, above the ankle. The skin around the ulcer might thicken, become hard in texture, and brown in color. They often get infected and then the surface of the ulcer is covered by a distinctive green discharge and emits an unpleasant odor. They might be large in size.
Venous ulcers do not usually heal on their own, and without proper care. Their treatment includes keeping the area clean, by rinsing the ulcer with normal saline (do not use Betadine or iodine), and wrapped in sterile gauze bandages, which must be routinely changed; compression therapy (strong compression with elastic bandages or graded compression elastic stockings, especially class III), and determining the cause; i.e. venous insufficiency.
At the Model Clinic of Venous Disorders the cause of venous ulcers, i.e. venous insufficiency, is successfully treated with the EndoVenous Laser Therapy (EVLT).A painless treatment with small risk of complications, it can be performed without the use of general or local anesthesia and the patient is able to return to their everyday activities even the day after the operation. The EVLT treatment decreases venous hypertension at the sight of the ulcer; thus, helping it heal faster. At the same time, a special laser treatment is applied to the venous ulcers, which has spectacular results and significantly expedites the healing process. This treatment is also applied to other types of ulcers, caused by cases such as lymphedema, vasculitis or arterial insufficiency, with very good results.