Ulcers Specialist

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic

General and Vascular Surgery located in Cumming, GA & Johns Creek, GA

Without proper care, ulcers that appear on the legs or feet may lead to more serious issues, including infections that may require amputation. The experienced team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic, with offices in Johns Creek, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia, specializes in vascular conditions that may lead to the development of ulcers and can provide the care you need to promote healing and prevent complications. To get the help you need for your ulcers, call today or book an appointment online.

Ulcers Q & A

What are ulcers?

Ulcers are wounds that are slow to heal and can appear anywhere on your body, inside and out. The experienced team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and management of venous ulcers, which are sores that develop on the legs or feet.

Signs that you may have a venous ulcer include:

  • Red, itchy skin
  • Foul-smelling, oozing wound
  • Brown, swollen skin
  • Rash
  • Pain

These types of ulcers can last for weeks or years, and may even go away and return. Without proper treatment, venous leg ulcers can lead to a serious infection that may require amputation of the affected limb.

What causes venous ulcers?

There are many underlying health issues that may lead to the development of a venous ulcer. Common causes include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Diabetes
  • History of blood clots
  • Obesity

These health issues affect the circulation to your lower extremities, which may increase your risk of skin breakage, as well as affect your body’s ability to send the nutrients necessary to heal the wound.

What can I expect during an evaluation of my ulcer?

Your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic understands the seriousness of a venous ulcer and conducts a comprehensive evaluation so you get the most effective care to help heal your wound. During your evaluation, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history, conducts a physical exam, and may order tests to evaluate your circulation.

What treatments can help heal my ulcer?

The goal of the treatment plan for your ulcer is to promote healing and prevent infection. Your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic may recommend wrapping your venous ulcer wound with a compression bandage or stocking to improve blood circulation to assist in healing the wound. If your wound is infected, antibiotics are prescribed.

In some cases, surgery may be needed to improve blood circulation to your wound.

It may take up to four months of treatment for your ulcer to heal. During your treatment, it’s important that you follow the instructions provided by your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic to ensure the best results.

For management of your ulcers, call North Atlanta Vascular Clinic today or book online.