What should be avoided at all costs

  • Patients with leg ulcers being condemned to dressings and compression bandages/stockings without assessment by a Specialist Vascular Surgeon (unless patient is immobile, has poor ankle movement, is very unwell for any other reason or has a very short life expectancy).
  • Patients with skin changes at the ankle being given creams (particularly steroid creams) before venous causes have been excluded by a Specialist Vascular Surgeon
  • Patients with varicose veins being told that it is a cosmetic problem only and to "wait until there is a problem before having anything done".
  • Patients being told, usually by nurses, to change dressings all the time. The type of dressing used on the ulcer is NOT the answer. The Answer is to treat the underlying condition.
  • Patients with skin changes at the ankle or varicose veins being given long term support stockings without a cause being found and the possibility of a cure being offered.

If you, or someone you know, are concerned about a leg ulcer or a condition that may lead to leg ulcers then please contact us for more information, or to book an appointment to see one our specialists.