How long will I have to wear compression stockings after varicose vein surgery?

And, are there any options in terms of colors or styles?

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Replied on 10/8/2009

By: VeinSolutions - Edina  |  
Edina, MN

We only require patients to wear compression hose after the VNUS Closure
procedure, not after vein stripping. Patients are required to wear
compression hose for 2 weeks after VNUS Closure. We offer thigh highs or
pantyhose, in black or beige. When patients have
sclerotherapy-injections for spider veins-we require that they wear
compression hose for 5 days after each treatment.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: Angelo N. Makris MD   |  Angelo N. Makris, M.D. Interventional Radiology Center
Oak Brook, IL

It depends on the treating physicians, but usually about one to two

Yes, there are many different options, both color and styles.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: The Jacksonville Vein Center  |  Geoffrey L. Risley, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Alfred D. Harding, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Jacksonville, FL

It varies with individual practitioner. I recommend 2 weeks of support hose, but some specialists recommend only one. There are many different colors and styles.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: General Vascular Surgery Group  |  Michael D. Ingegno, M.D.
Robert O’Neil Gingery, M.D.
Lamont D. Paxton, M.D.

San Ramon, CA

I generally recommend socking usage for two weeks after any of these
procedures. The stockings we use are available in various shades of
beige/taupe as well as Black and sometimes blue as well.

Replied on 10/8/2009

By: Vein Specialty Medical Clinic, Inc.  |  Khalil Fattahi M.D.
Board Certified, American Board of Phlebology

Campbell, CA

Doctors recommendations/preferences in this area vary too. Generally
speaking, depending on the size and location of treated varicosity,
compression stockings are used for 3 to 14 days, limited to day use
except for the first night. In the case of small spider veins they
are recommended only for 1-2 days.

Replied on 10/9/2009

By: Miller Vein  |  Jeffrey H. Miller, M.D.
Steven K. Wang, M.D.
Michael E. Lulenski, M.D.
Zoe Deol, M.D.

Novi, MI

Yes, compression stockings are required after varicose vein treatments and they actually help control pain. There are many colors/styles to choose from.

Replied on 10/15/2009

By: Laser Vein Center  |  Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
O'Fallon, MO

Compression stockings after a venous procedure almost always improve healing and act as an analgesic by the compression. Your Phlebologist, vein specialist, should advise you best, as the nature of the procedure may help to provide this answer for you.

It is also almost always beneficial for venous heath even without a procedure, so many Phlebologists may recommend converting from a thigh higher degree of compression hose to a "maintenance" knee high type. There are many brands, models, and colors available these days. The key is proper fitting, supportive guidance and professional instruction regarding application and care. I do not feel this is a "retail" item, in a breach in any of the above may result in loss of benefit and not infrequently can be harmful if not monitored.

Replied on 6/4/2012

By: Vanish Vein and Laser Center  |  John Landi,MD,FACS,RPVI,RPhS, Diplomate ABVLM
Naples, FL

Support hose or compression stockings come in many colors and styles. For use after varicose vein surgery, usually 20 to 30 mmHg pressure is recommended for 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.

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