Leg Ulcers Specialist

The Vein Center

Thomas R. Wieters, MD

General and Vascular Surgeon located in Mount Pleasant, SC

Vein disease can cause uncomfortable, painful sores and lasting ulcers. Vein Specialist and General and Vascular Surgeon Thomas R. Wieters, MD, is highly knowledgeable in treating and preventing leg ulcers and venous insufficiency. Dr. Wieters is committed to enhancing your health and wellness and resolving the complications of vein disease. Click the link or call The Vein Center office to schedule your personal consultation.

Leg Ulcers Q &A

What are leg ulcers?

A leg ulcer is a sore that’s long-lasting and usually takes more than four or six weeks to heal. The ulcers usually form just above the ankle on the inside of your leg. Venous leg ulcer symptoms include pain, itching, and swelling in the affected leg. You might also notice drainage and discolored or hardened skin around the ulcer.

Dr. Wieters evaluates your leg during your consultation and might order tests to rule out other conditions.


What causes leg ulcers?

The venous leg ulcer is the most common type of leg ulcer that accounts for over 90% of all cases. Prolonged venous insufficiency or vein disease can cause tissues to ulcerate. Venous leg ulcers can appear when high pressure through your leg veins due to venous insufficiency damages the skin.

If you’ve previously had deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which a blood clot forms within a deep vein in your body, you’re more likely to get a venous leg ulcer. If you have varicose veins, you also have an increased risk of getting venous leg ulcers.


How are leg ulcers treated?

If venous leg ulcers are treated properly, they typically heal within a few months. Some ulcers can take longer to heal, and a small number might not heal at all.

Some venous leg ulcers can recur after treatment if the underlying cause wasn’t addressed properly. Influential factors and underlying causes, such as immobility, obesity, and venous insufficiency, can lead to future leg ulcers.

Dr. Wieters devises customized treatment plans and works with you to prevent leg ulcers. He primarily focuses on treating and improving your venous insufficiency and the health and function of your vascular system.

Effective vein treatments, such as the ClosureFast™ procedure, are available as venous insufficiency is the main cause of your leg ulcers. By treating the source of the problem, venous stasis leg ulcers have a very good chance of healing.

Don’t just put up with bothersome leg ulcers. Put your mind at rest by calling The Vein Center office or using the convenient online scheduler to set up a consultation today.