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VEIN CONDITIONS
& TREATMENTS

Our expert vein specialists focus on vein
conditions and treat both common and
complex cases. We know your unique
needs and do our best to create a
positive experience for each patient.
Using the latest technology in our stateof-
the-art facility, we strive to exceed
your expectations while giving you with
the best care possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venous Ulcers

A venous ulcer is an open sore, usually on your legs that can be slow to heal. You get them when your veins aren’t working properly and are not pushing the blood back to your heart as well as they should. This causes the blood to pool in your veins and the pressure to build which impairs circulation. If they are not treated, this pressure and extra blood can create an open sore.

Signs of venous ulcers:

A shallow, red sore that may be covered in yellow tissue
Jagged edges
Skin around the wound that may be shiny, tight, warm and discolored
Pain
If infected, they may smell bad and there may be draining pus

There are many different factors that can lead to a venous ulcer including varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), aging, and diabetes, a history of venous problems, obesity, pregnancy, smoking and sitting or standing for long periods of time.

CARING FOR VENOUS ULCERS

Treatment includes leg elevation, compression, and wound care. Sometimes surgery is needed to improve blood flow to the area. Regular visits to your doctor to monitor the healing process are needed.

Proper wound care is needed to help these sore heal properly. It is vital to keep the ulcer clean and protected to prevent infection. The dressing needs to be kept dry and changed regularly. The skin around the ulcer must be protected as well. Not getting it too wet, keeping it clean and moisturized may help prevent the wound from getting bigger.

CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF you see any signs of infection. Redness, increased warmth, swelling, bleeding or odor are all reasons to call. A fever or chills, increased pain or drainage should not be ignored.

Our doctors are here to help you.

It’s always better to call or come in for a visit than to wait to see what happens.

One Team, Your Team

Joel R. Rainwater, MD
Joel R. Rainwater, MD

Chief Medical Officer

James R. McEown, MD
James R. McEown, MD

Internal & Emergency Medicine, Phlebology

Karen Garby, MD, RPhS
Karen Garby, MD, RPhS

Director of Venous Intervention

David Lopresti, MD
David Lopresti, MD

Medical Director, Interventional Radiology

Michael Switzer, MD
Michael Switzer, MD

Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialist

Michael H. Makki, DO, FACC
Michael H. Makki, DO, FACC

Interventional Cardiology

Jeff Braxton, MD, FACS
Jeff Braxton, MD, FACS
Kevin Duwe, MD
Kevin Duwe, MD

Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialist

Christy Holmstrom, RRA, RPA
Christy Holmstrom, RRA, RPA