Venous Stasis Ulcers



Compression therapy with multilayer external compression bandaging techniques remains the mainstay of management of venous stasis ulcers of the lower extremity. Recent evidence suggests that bioengineered tissue grafts used in combination with standard compression bandaging techniques may shorten time to healing. While one prospective, blinded, randomized clinical trial of hyperbaric oxygen treatment in leg ulcers of undefined etiology showed a statistically greater reduction in wound size at six weeks compared to control wounds, hyperbaric oxygen treatment is not indicated in the primary management of venous stasis ulcers of the lower extremities. Hyperbaric oxygen may be required to support skin grafting in patients with concomitant peripheral arterial occlusive disease and hypoxia not corrected by control of edema.


1 Hyperbaric Oxygen 2003: Indications and Results, The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report by John J. Feldmeier, D.O., Chairman and Editor. Copyright 2003, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., Kensington, MD.