A 33-year-old female asked:
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for dvt, is it ok to buy graduated compression stockings online, or do i have to get them from a doctor?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Do a proper fitting: A patient with DVT issues should do a proper fitting when buying compression stockings... because she is trying to avoid DVT death. That's a serious outcome. If a person is just getting compression stockings because her legs swell a bit on long drives or after standing long hours at work, that's not fatally worrisome... meaning it may be ok to try out different brands and sizes online.
Answered on Nov 28, 2019
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Dr. Andris Kazmers
44 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: You can order online provided instructions for fitting available. Typically doctors’ offices don’t provide them and medical supply stores don’t do a great job fitting them. Newer guidelines suggest they are not indicated for acute DVT though older ones suggest they improve outcomes. Recommend you be seen by vascular surgery or medicine specialist to address this, duration anticoagulation, testing
Answered on Dec 1, 2019

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