A new study published within JAMA Surgery, has revealed early treatment for venous leg ulcers results in better outcomes. Approximately 1 in every 300 adults in the UK suffer with venous leg ulcers. They are more prevalent in those with varicose veins and can be quite painful for patients to live with.
Here, we’ll look at what the study found and how treating varicose veins can prevent venous leg ulcers.
Understanding the latest study
The study was carried out by researchers from the Imperial College London, alongside clinicians from the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. It included a total of 450 patients who were treated with early surgical interventions for their venous leg ulcers.
It was revealed that early treatment resulted in faster healing, alongside a reduced risk of recurrence. Now, the researchers are urging the leg ulcer treatment guidelines to be revised. By including early treatment in the guidelines, they estimate it would save the NHS a staggering £100 million each year.
The importance of treating varicose veins
While venous leg ulcers don’t always develop due to varicose veins, they can be a significant risk factor. Therefore, patients are advised to have their varicose veins treated as early as possible. While often seen as a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can actually lead to a variety of serious health issues, including venous leg ulcers.
The earlier you seek treatment, the fewer complications can occur. You’ll also find, earlier treatment is less invasive as the condition hasn’t had time to progress.
What treatment options are available?
There are so many different treatment options available to correct varicose veins. Surgery tends to be a last resort, with less invasive treatments preferred. Many of the treatments can even be carried out during your lunch break. So, you may just be surprised by how easy it is to eliminate them.
The treatment you require will depend upon a variety of factors. For example, the severity of the condition, your health and risk factors will all need to be assessed.
Many patients don’t realise how serious varicose veins can be. Venous leg ulcers are just one complication which can arise if they are left untreated. If you suspect you are suffering with varicose veins, call 01872 308 520 to book an appointment with one of our vein specialists today.