Compression Socks for Post-Surgical Use

Compression stockings are used for both preventative and therapeutic reasons. The main reason for use after surgery is to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein. 20% of patients having major surgery experience DVT, while 40% of patients having major orthopaedic surgery may develop it. The following might contribute to the development of DVT:

Factors for DVT

  • Prolonged bed rest or immobility
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Excessive weight
  • High estrogen states
  • Prolonged sitting or being in a cramped position
  • Varicose Veins associated with phlebitis

With some surgeries, assistance may be required for putting the stockings on in the morning and for removing them at bedtime. When you come in for your appointment, we recommend that you bring the person who will be assisting you.

When To Avoid Use of Compression Stockings

Compression stockings may need to be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Arterial insufficiency (PAD- Peripheral Arterial Disease), intermittent claudication, ischemia
  • Active skin infection
  • Allergies to latex
  • Weeping Dermatosis
  • Uncontrolled congestive heart failure
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Immobility (confinement to a bed)
  • Impaired sensation of the limbs
  • Diabetes (with impaired sensation of the limbs)