Medical compression stockings are utilized to support the venous system in the legs. They apply graduated compression; which is greatest at the ankle and diminishes as it reaches the thigh. Compression stockings “squeeze” fluids (venous blood and lymph) out of the legs and towards the heart, and are useful for decreasing mild leg swelling, slowing the progression of varicose veins and preventing deep vein thrombosis. They are generally worn throughout the day, and for extended periods of time.
Most insurance companies require a therapeutic trial of medical compression stockings (or some other conservative therapy) prior to authorizing surgical or minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment. Compression stockings are also commonly used post-operatively after vein treatments (e.g. Sclerotherapy, Radio-Frequency Ablation, Endovenous Laser Ablation, Ambulatory Phlebectomy) to aid in healing. Many types of compression hose are available such as, knee-high, thigh-high, pantyhose and maternity style.
Traditionally, patients with varicose veins were usually recommended conservative treatment options without the use of medications or surgery. Physicians would suggest lifestyle changes, such as eating less, exercising more and wearing compression stockings which only improved leg pain and further deterioration or worsening of the venous system. However, conservative treatment will not remove existing abnormal veins.
- Provides a gradient of pressure, highest at the ankle, decreasing as it moves uo the leg
- Reduces reflux of blood
- Improves venous outflow
- Increases velocity of blood flow to reduce the risk of blood clots
Ask one of our team members today about the different strengths, styles and colors of compression stockings at Ponte Vedra Vein Institute for both men and women.