International Journal of
Medicine and Medical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Med. Med. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9723
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJMMS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 522

Article in Press

Treatment of venous ulcers in the Gaiter area

Meral

  •  Received: 15 August 2018
  •  Accepted: 24 September 2018
Venous ulcerations are extremely common, accounting for a large proportion of all lower extremity ulceration and affect each socioeconomic class. Approximately 1% of the population is affected for development of venous ulceration at some point in their lifes. These ulcerations reduce the quality of life and limit individual social function. Twelve consecutive patients with unilateral leg skin ulceration due to venous insufficiency were included in this study. There were 7 female and 5 male patients, ranging in age from 28 to 77 with a mean age of 52.1±16.8 years. The diameter of the ulcers ranged from 12 to 42 mm. Three patients with superficial venous insufficiency were surgically treated with stripping of the long saphenous vein. The remaining 9 patients were treated with compression and wound care together with venoactive drug therapy. In 3 patients who underwent varicose vein surgery, ulcerated wounds have healed within 4 months, while the other patients' ulcerations have healed within 9-12 months. The combination of wound care and compression application is the mainstay in the management venous ulceration. However, in patients with superficial venous insufficiency alone, surgical intervention may be performed to avoid recurrences. Key Words: Venous Ulceration, Compression, Stripping.