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A 48-year-old male asked:

i am recovering from a dvt in the calf area and was wondering if a tubular bandage or the like would help to control the swelling behind my knee?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Leg swelling: Elastic compression stocking may help reduce the swelling. However, swelling behind the knee could be caused by different things- including baker's cyst. Stocking compression will not do anything to baker's cyst. Go to see your gp and discuss further with your doc. If baker's cyst is the problem here then your gp can refer you to the right doctor.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Yes: But don't start too early or there is risk of pulmonary embolism. If you are on anticoagulation and have been ambulating, you can use hose if more than 7 days since your clot found. Please use hose for two years to help prevent post phlebitic syndrome. Continue your anticoagulation under a doctor's care.
Dr. David Fertel
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Not a good idea: You could dislodge the clot.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Dvt: Compression stocking would be a better option as it uses the foot and calf pump of vein return

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