This section opens with an overview of assessing and treating leg ulcers. Links in the dedicated menu block on this page offer in depth background.
Many people suffer needlessly from constant dressings and leg binding, when a cure may be available. The treatment of most leg ulcers is now fairly simple and can often be performed under local anaesthetic.
A recent publication from The Whiteley Clinic illustrated this well, in the peer reviewed, international medical journal ‘Phlebology’. We have cured 85% of patients presenting with leg ulcers over the last 12 years, using minimally invasive treatments.
This does not mean treatment follows a set pattern. Every patient is unique and before decisions are made, they will be assessed by one of The Whitley Clinic’s specialists. There may be cases where a cure is not possible and for all patients, the best path to successful treatment can be identified at an early stage.
Expert investigation using the best equipment and technicians should also be available. As with most conditions, leg ulcer treatment is effective when underlying causes are understood. The Whiteley Clinic use our own, specialist ultrasound technicians. Often more experienced than consultants at this task and part of the reason leg ulcers can be cured in people who have been told they are incurable.
Successful treatment of leg ulcers also comes from following a well tested approach. In our case the Whiteley Protocol™, an internationally recognised system for investigation and optimal treatment. This allows for variation to suit personal needs, although the support offered to the majority of patients is well established:
There are other procedures which can assist in curing leg ulcers, although simply providing a list does not meet a prime need, to treat the individual. What we can do is eliminate what we would not consider treatment aimed at a cure.
There may be cases where a patient has decided they do not want treatment, are immobile, have poor ankle movement, are very unwell, or have a short life expectancy. We understand these reasons but still see many patients who have been offered unsuitable support:
The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued clear clinical guidelines in July 2013, Anyone with symptomatic varicose veins, a healed leg ulcer or active leg ulcer should be referred for treatment at a specialist vascular clinic.
We hope you have found this information useful and if you have leg ulcers, we do hope you seek specialist treatment. A debilitating, often long term problem can become a thing of the past.