About Venous Leg Ulcers

About Venous Leg Ulcers

A venous leg ulcer is a chronic wound that is caused by poor circulation of blood from the legs to the heart, usually due to faulty valves inside the leg veins. Chronic leg ulcers affect about 1% of the middle-aged and elderly population. They most commonly occur in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, or poor circulation in the veins.

Venous leg ulcers are amongst the most frequently occurring chronic wounds, affecting nearly two million people every year in the United States alone.

Venous leg ulcers can also impair mobility and have a negative impact on quality of life.

Good conventional wound care, consisting of infection control, cleaning, and keeping pressure off the wound and other such basic approaches, can often close these wounds. Roughly a third of these chronic wounds, however, fail to heal, and a more active approach is needed.

More information on venous leg ulcers can be found on the Apligraf® web site.