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Venous Ulcers Specialists

Vein Specialists & Vascular Surgeons

Venous Ulcers Specialists

Vein Specialists & Vascular Surgeons

AVLC Venous Ulcers Treatments

AVLC Venous Ulcers Treatments

Venous ulcers affect about 1% of Americans and are more common among women and older adults. Vascular surgeons Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, diagnose and treat venous ulcers at Advanced Vein & Laser Center locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you have leg swelling, discoloration, or sores, call or book an appointment online today.

Venous ulcers affect about 1% of Americans and are more common among women and older adults. Vascular surgeons Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, diagnose and treat venous ulcers at Advanced Vein & Laser Center locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you have leg swelling, discoloration, or sores, call or book an appointment online today.

Venous Ulcers Q & A

Venous Ulcers Q & A

What are venous ulcers?

Sometimes called stasis ulcers, venous ulcers are open sores that appear on your legs, typically just above the ankle. These ulcers occur when the veins in your legs don’t push blood back up to your heart as effectively as they should. Veins contain valves that actively push deoxygenated blood back to your heart. In locations like your legs, these valves must work against gravity to return blood to your heart. When these valves get damaged or worn down over time, blood can flow backward and collect in the veins.

AVLC venous ulcers specialists

What venous conditions are associated with ulcers?

In addition to venous ulcers, insufficient blood flow in the veins can cause a host of associated problems.

Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand treat the full spectrum of venous disorders, including:

  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Venous insufficiency

All of these problems can cause leg cramps, pain, and swelling, as well as serious complications such as blood clots or stroke.

How do I know if I have venous ulcers?

Venous ulcers usually appear as shallow, red sores with unevenly shaped borders. The skin around the ulcers may be shiny, tight, or warm to the touch. The skin may also appear yellow or otherwise discolored.

Common symptoms of venous ulcers include:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Leg cramping
  • Itching and tingling
  • Leg weakness

The best way to find out if the sores on your legs are related to a vascular condition is to schedule an appointment at Advanced Vein & Laser Center.

How do you diagnose and treat venous ulcers?

First, Dr. Heird or Dr. Winand performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may also take an on-site ultrasound imaging test to evaluate the condition of your blood vessels.

Once they determine the underlying cause of your venous ulcers, they develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Treatment may begin with lifestyle changes to promote healthy circulation, such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating well and exercising
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

They may also recommend you wear compression socks to prevent blood from pooling in your legs.

If you have varicose veins, treatment may include:

  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Traditional sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

Venous ulcers shouldn’t be ignored. Call Advanced Vein & Laser Center or book an appointment online today.

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What our patients are saying

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AVLC Advanced Vein and Laser Center of York and Lancaster

"I would like to thank Dr Winand and his staff for a job well done! My legs feel and look so much better!! I had some surgeries like this done by a different doctor in the area without the results I got here. I would recommend coming here for the best results! Thanks again for a job well done!!"

- STEVE D.

"Each time that I have visited Dr. Heird's office, it was always professional and very comfortable. The atmosphere is relaxing. He and his team do an excellent job. I would recommend them to anyone in need of their services. I was referred their by a family member. After I had work done there and mentioned it to a friend of mine, they too said he is one of the best."

- JOANNA W.

"I had a wonderful experience with treatment of my varicose veins and achieved great results! They look and feel better and I am thrilled! Wish I hadn’t waited so long. Highly Recommend!"

- RACHEL G.

"The entire process was smooth. From the scheduling to insurance handling to procedure and then followup. I felt genuinely heard and cared for."

- MANDY W.

"Great experience with Dr Heird and his staff. Staff courteous. Would highly recommend this practice."

- ANGELA H.

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