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Vascular Ulceration Specialist

Vascular Management Associates

Vascular Surgeons & Interventional Cardiologists located in New Brunswick, NJ

Vascular ulcers are a common condition, especially in men and women over the age of 65, or those who are obese. Living with one or more vascular ulcers can be incredibly painful, which is one reason why seeking treatment is so important. An effective treatment path can make a world of difference in your daily life. At Vascular Management Associates in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a team of highly skilled physicians offers superb diagnostic and treatment services for vascular ulceration.

Vascular Ulceration Q & A

What are vascular ulcers?
Your circulatory system is a complex, interconnected web of blood vessels of varying size. These blood vessels operate similarly to one-way roads. Valves within your blood vessels prevent blood from flowing backward.

When those valves are not functioning correctly, the pressure in the affected blood vessel rises. That impedes the flow of blood to that area and can also lead to damage to vascular walls, problems with healing, and inability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the area.

Increased blood pressure within your veins can also cause fluids to leak out and collect beneath your skin. Your skin can swell, thicken, and eventually sustain enough damage to form an ulcer.

Vascular ulceration occurs in the lower extremities, and it is often a chronic or recurring condition. The condition also increases your risk of infection, which is why seeking treatment is critical.

What are the types of vascular ulceration?
Vascular ulceration is either venous or arterial.

Venous Ulceration

Venous leg ulcers develop due to chronic, ongoing venous insufficiency. When the valves in your veins don’t function correctly, your venous blood pressure rises.

Venous ulcers are usually located in the lower or mid-calf portion of your legs. The area may appear inflamed and red and have a pitted appearance before displaying an ulcer.

Arterial Ulceration

Arterial leg ulcers develop due to insufficient blood flow to the lower portion of your legs. Atherosclerotic disease, diabetes, and vasculitis are common causal factors. These ulcers usually form in the heel, toe, or bony areas of your feet.

Infection is a severe risk of any vascular ulceration. If you note any changes or skin abnormalities in your feet or legs, it’s imperative to seek medical attention to determine the cause. Treatment is most effective in the early stages of vascular ulceration.

What are the treatment options for vascular ulceration?
Compression bandaging is a central component of treating venous ulcers and serves to counteract increased blood pressure, giving the ulcer an opportunity to heal. It’s important to follow your practitioner’s instructions on how and when to use compression stockings. A course of antibiotics is also common.

Your practitioner may decide to debride a portion of the tissue in the affected area. In some instances, the entire ulcer may be surgically removed and replaced with a skin graft. Surgical correction of certain venous conditions is another treatment option.

In cases of arterial ulceration, surgical treatment options include angioplasty and reconstructive surgery. Infection is a serious risk and can be addressed with systemic antibiotics. Compression and debridement are not used to treat arterial ulceration.

Conditions We Treat

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease, is a serious, yet treatable disease, characterized by a narrowing or blockage of the arteries that carry oxygenated blood to extremities such as the legs. We can perform a minimally invasive...

End Stage Renal Disease

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Venous Disease

Blood clots can form in the veins and obstruct flow back to the heart resulting in swelling and pain in the extremities (limbs). A blood clot can possibly break off and travel to the lungs...

Our Providers

Dr. Peter Farrugia

 Interventional Cardiologist

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  • 317 George Street, Suite 412, 4th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

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