Why do we use compression bandages on patients with leg ulcers?

I know that compression bandages are used in patients with venous leg ulceration, but would this not increase the risk of reducing blood supply and therefore the risk of further ulceration?

Authored By Sally Ralton on Friday 2nd November 2012

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Abdul Basit
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Posted over 7 years ago

Why do we use compression bandages on patients with leg ulcers?

The answer to this question is that venous leg ulcers are considered to be caused by venous hypertension. Venous ulcers rarely extend to the foot or the upper calf. They are usuall

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Yasmin Mahmoud
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Posted over 7 years ago

You would never ever use compression bandages in arterial ulcers.

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Ben Blackman
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Medical Student - St. Georges University, London
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Posted over 7 years ago

It's my understanding that arterial insufficiency contraindicates compression bandaging, and they'll do an ABPI before using compression bandaging to ensure that there'

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Alastair Burden
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Medical Student
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Posted over 7 years ago

Oh sorry, I didnt see that you had already specified venous ulcers in your answer, ill try again!

Stockings are graduated in their application of pressure. Pressure is greatest around the ankle and then less so the more proximal you go. This he

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Alastair Burden
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Medical Student
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Posted over 7 years ago

I could be wrong, but I think it depends on the type of ulcer. Venous ulcers can occur on the legs through venous insufficiency (eg. venous eczema) Compression stockings help maintain venous drainage in the legs.

However, if your asking why pa

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Debkumar Chowdhury
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Clinical Fellow Surgery - West of Scotland
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Posted almost 7 years ago

Although my predecessors have to some extent explained the need behind the use of compression bandages in venous ulceration, we need to understand the anatomical defects and the pathophysiology that have lead to ulceration in the 1st place. The deep ve

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