$ to Treat Stalled Venous Ulcer
The cost of treating a venous ulcer that has stalled (been left unattended) is almost $10,000 – over nine times as high as immediate treatment.*
Venous leg ulcers are sores on the skin of the leg, often on the inside of the leg at or near the heel, that can take on average four to six weeks to heal with proper medical attention – and significantly longer without medical attention.
Due to their “open” nature and the length of time it takes them to heal, venous leg ulcers can be highly susceptible to infection from a variety of bacteria. Symptoms of an infected venous leg ulcer can include pain localized to the area of the ulcer, redness and swelling of the skin surrounding the ulcer, suffering from a fever, and a potential off-colored liquid discharge emanating from the ulcer.
An estimated 1 million people in the USA will suffer from a venous leg ulcer each year.*
Venous leg ulcers are highly unlikely to heal on their own.
Venous leg ulcers come with a variety of issues that may additionally accompany having the wound. These issues may begin to manifest right away, or they may not become present until the wound is active and festering. If you believe you are suffering from any of the following in conjunction with a venous leg ulcer, consult a medical professional right away.
- Discoloration or darkening of the skin surrounding the ulcer
- Aching, swelling, or a heavy feeling in your legs
- Swollen ankles
- Skin on your legs that is itchy, flaking, or showing signs of redness or scales
- A hardening of the skin surrounding the ulcer
- Discolored or foul-smelling discharge emanating from the ulcer
- Swelling or enlarging of the veins on your legs
Fortunately, several treatment options for venous leg ulcers are available, ranging from more conservative management of the wound all the way to surgery. Because this wide range of options exists, it is imperative that someone suffering from a venous leg ulcer seeks an opinion from a medical professional that is well-versed in leg wounds and individual effective treatment option.
*American Diabetes Association