Do I Need Compression Stockings After Varicose Vein Treatment?
For those suffering from Chronic Veinous Insufficiency (CVI) or varicose vein symptoms, permanent results require treatment from a qualified vein specialist. Your doctor may recommend wearing compression stockings in the days or weeks following your procedure.
What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings are specialized hosiery designed to exert pressure against the legs which helps push blood into the deeper veins, and prevent blood from pooling in the feet and lower leg. They are designed to be stronger and tighter at the ankles, then gradually become more loose above the knee. They come not only in different colors but also in various pressure gradients. They can be used as part of temporary treatment for varicose veins, leg ulcers and to reduce the risk of blood clots. At Alpha Vein Clinic, we use 20-30 mmHg pressure stockings for a short time after the treatment of the veins. They help the recovery and help prevent possible blood clots after the procedures. Use of compression stockings should only be implemented in consultation with your physician.
It is important to note that while compression stockings can temporarily relieve some symptoms associated with varicose veins, they do not solve the underlying problem, and are therefore not a long term solution. Varicose vein symptoms are caused by faulty valves (also referred to as venous reflux), and even with consistent use of compression stockings, it is still possible for venous reflux to progress to a more advanced state. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment if your symptoms persist or worsen.
When is the best time to wear compression stockings?
Depending on your habits and the severity of your symptoms, compression stockings can be worn for a few hours, or all day long. For example, flight attendants or individuals who frequently fly often wear compression stockings to promote healthy circulation in the legs.
How long should compression stockings be worn after treatment?
Researchers often disagree about the length of time compression stockings should be worn after varicose vein surgery, but there is a general consensus that they are beneficial in the first few days following treatment.
On the day of your procedure you should bring your Class III (20-30 MMHG) compression stockings with you. After the procedure, you need to make sure you walk for 20 minutes before you leave the facility and at least 10 minutes per hour for the remainder of the day of your procedure. You are to keep a compression stocking or a three layer wrap on your affected leg for 72 hours. This will be placed right after the procedure is done. Showering is okay as long as the wrap stays dry. From then on, you will need to wear your stocking for 2 more weeks but only while awake. The stocking can come of at night.
If you have tried the pressure stockings but your leg symptoms have not improved sufficiently then we can help. We will evaluate your legs and symptoms for possible venous insufficiency for which there are very good new treatments.