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This isn't your usual question. Around 10 months ago, I fell asleep on the living room couch, and I woke up with numerous sores on my lower left leg. I have venous insufficiency. The thing is my husband got the couch left by someone that was moving out of our      apartment complex, which was left by the dumpster. We have since moved out of that apartment, and we bought a new couch. We had a serious feral cat problem in my former apartment complex, as well as possums & raccoons. Is it possible that these rodents and feral cats could of diseased this couch, and caused these sores on my left leg that turned into ulcers?  I'am being treated by both a vascular surgeon and previously a wound care doctor for the past 10 months. The ulcers are healing slowly, but are very painful (burning, tingling). Thank you in advance for all your help.




Sincerely,



Marie

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Oh my goodness! Wow, well venous insufficiency all by itself causes wounds but usually not overnight, I really can't say what the cause was, didn't the doctors treating you tell you what caused the ulcers? Usually they explain what caused and how to prevent / treat. I am sorry and hope you keep healing, lauri

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Lauri Ordway

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I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.

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I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.

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I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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