“Do I Really Need to Wear Compression Stockings after my Procedure?”

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Compression therapy is a non-invasive way to address the uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany spider and varicose veins. After a treatment at Advanced Vein Center, we always encourage patients to wear medical-grade compression stockings to aid in healthy blood flow, improve results and reduce the risk of complications from their procedures.

The bottom line – even though compression socks and stockings may seem uncomfortable, they’re critical to recovery!

How do compression stockings work?

Compression therapy involves special stockings that fit tightly around the foot and ankle and gradually loosen as they move up the leg. This promotes improved blood flow up the leg and prevents the formation of dangerous blood clots in the lower leg. This is especially important in the days after a procedure since blood is being re-routed around the recently sealed vein and into a new set of vessels.

What are the different kinds of compression stockings?

Most stockings go to just below the knee but there are thigh high stockings and full tights available as well. The socks and stockings come in different levels of compression. Lower numbers of compression are designed to help keep patients comfortable on their feet while higher numbers provide more pressure.

At Advanced Vein Center, we have a full line of Sigvaris compression stockings, socks and tights for our patients to choose from. We will measure you for the correct size of compression and Dr. Abrahamsen will determine the amount of pressure needed, specifically for you and your condition. Compression stockings should be tight but not to the point of causing you pain.

What are the benefits of wearing compression stockings?

Wearing compression is not only import to wear immediately following a procedure, but in daily life too. There are many people who could benefit from wearing compression daily including athletes, and those who stand frequently at work.

Always remember to wear compression stockings in especially important if you plan on sitting or standing for a long period of time. You’ll quickly notice the benefits of improved circulation!

If you’re interested in purchasing compression stockings, please contact our office (207) 772-1820 to learn more.