Images of Note: Volume-Based Expertise in Complex Venous Wound Care
We share a few imaging and clinical snapshots of venous wound care from the nation’s busiest noninvasive vascular laboratory.
Cleveland Clinic is home to the largest and busiest noninvasive vascular laboratory in the U.S., with more than 2,220 clinical vascular imaging studies performed monthly.
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These studies include duplex venous ultrasonography for assessing lower extremity venous obstruction, venous insufficiency, varicose veins or venous valvular reflux disease, all of which can lead to delayed venous wound healing (Figure 1).
Besides serial debridement and wound bed preparation, our vascular medicine physicians use various wound dressing materials to absorb wound drainage and mobilize cellular matrix to promote wound healing (Figure 2). Additionally, multilayer compression garments are commonly used for patients with venous wounds to reduce leg swelling and venous hypertension.
Cleveland Clinic’s vascular medicine specialists also collaborate with their vascular interventionalist colleagues to help restore arterial flow to the leg in cases of arterial obstruction and to employ endovenous laser ablation to treat varicose veins associated with venous leg wounds.