When it comes to improving blood flow in your legs and reducing your risk of blood clots, compression stockings may be the first recommendation you receive. At Veinity MD in Las Vegas, board-certified general and thoracic surgeon Peter Vajtai, MD, has expertise from many years of surgical experience and may suggest compression stockings to treat conditions such as varicose veins, or to improve blood flow following a surgical procedure. To learn more about the benefits of compression stockings for your circulation or to purchase 20-30 mmHg compression stockings, call the office today.
Compression Stockings Q & A
What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings are a medical device that improves blood circulation in your legs. The stockings gently squeeze your legs to relieve pressure on your arteries and improve blood flow through your veins.
Because of their snug fit, compression stockings can reduce pain and swelling in your legs. They come in a range of sizes and strengths, giving you and Dr. Vajtai options in their use.
Am I a good candidate for compression stockings?
Dr. Vajtai determines if you’re a good candidate for compression stockings when you come in for an evaluation. He may recommend 20-30 mmHg compression stockings for the treatment of varicose or spider veins. In some instances, compression stockings may be used on their own, but they may be employed as part of a treatment plan following surgery, or another form of in-office treatment, like sclerotherapy or radiofrequency vein ablation.
The compression stockings help prevent swelling in your legs and ease aches and pains. They may also prevent the formation of a blood clot in your leg, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a DVT dislodges from your vein, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which is a life-threatening condition that affects blood flow to your lungs.
While compression stockings are considered a medical device, athletes also use them to improve blood flow and athletic performance.
How often do I need to wear my compression stockings?
Dr. Vajtai determines how long and often you need to wear your compression stockings to get the most benefits, depending on the seriousness of your condition.
Due to their design, compression stockings can be difficult to put on. You may find it easier to put the medical stockings on if you roll the stocking to the heel first, then put your foot in the sock until it hits your heel, and unroll it up to your leg.
Once in place, be sure to smooth out the material, so there are no wrinkles. The top of the stocking should come up to about two fingers below your knee. You may find it easier to put your compression stockings on after applying baby powder or cornstarch to your legs.
Your compression stocking should feel tight around your ankle and loosen as it goes up your leg.
If for any reason your compression stocking feels uncomfortable, call Veinity MD and let Dr. Vajtai know. He may recommend a different style or size. You shouldn’t stop wearing your compression stockings unless Dr. Vajtai advises you to do so.
To learn more about the benefits of compression stockings for circulation, health, and healing, call Veinity MD today.