Compression stockings are very uncomfortable. If I am on blood thinners do I still need to wear them?

Compression stockings are not a substitute for blood thinners. Their role is critical and additive to the treatment of DVT, targeting an optimal therapeutic result.

Graduated compression stockings are essential to reduce the swelling associated with the DVT, by "squeezing" the venous blood out of the leg back to the heart.

Most compression stockings are worn just below the knee and the therapeutic effect is equal to that of the thigh-high stockings.

It is recommended that the compression pressure is 30-40 mmHg and they should be worn daily, if possible, for at least 2 years to prevent post-thrombotic syndrome.

Non-compliance will lead to undesired permanent, potentially non-reversible, leg discomfort.

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA