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Compression Stockings After Surgery
WHY/HOW can you still get a DVT/PE during/after surgery even after compression stockings, massage boots and blood thinners? How is this possible?
Stuff happens: Most of the time in life, we are lucky and bad things don't happen to us after we take the proper precautions. But, the world is not a perfect place. Stuff happens sometimes. Should we stay at home and never go out to try things? No! We look at the risks and the benefits, and then go out and live life. Look both ways, have faith, and then cross the street... you'll ALMOST never get run over. ...Read more
I just had a surgery. My physician told me to wear compression stockings. Can I wear them overnight?
Following extensive back surgery 7 months ago, I woke up with bilateral swelling in the medial part of my instep and ankles (like wearing too tight half gaiters). It has worsened with compression stockings, and aquasizing and is now difficult to walk. Th
Call doctor ASAP: With back surgery, you would likely be more sedentary post-op. I am concerned that you may have develop a blood clot in your legs and you need to call your doctor ASAP since this may be a life-threatening issue. There may be other reasons for your problem, but this is likely the most urgent problem to be ruled out. ...Read more
The year old periosteal hematoma on my shin is larger than a golf ball. Heat or compression stockings do not help. Can I have surgery on this?
Hematoma: Periosteal hematomas do take a long time to be reabsorbed . But a year is a very long time and size is worrisome. You should really see physician obtain radiographs. ...Read more
OK after resolution: Compression stocking is useful to help reduce edema (swelling) of the legs. However, if you have active cellulitis (infection of the skin), the pressure from compression stocking may cause further inflammation. Instead, during an active infection, i generally recommend leg elevation to reduce swelling. Once the infection is resolved, then you can resume using you're compression stocking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After removing my compression stockings, it seems my veins look even worse. They are dark blue and more towards the surface. Is this normal?
After having a DVT where clot is behind knee, is it better to wear compression stockings below knee or above?
Depends: Once a diagnosis has been made, and anticoagulants(blood thinners) have been started and the patient's condition is stable , the md may recommend ambulation (walking) and compression stockings to prevent other clots. The stockings are graduated in pressure starting at the ankle. The md most familiar with you current condition should be consulted on thigh high or knee high hose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long after dvt should i wear 30-40 compression stockings after dvt and not on coumadin almost 2 yrs past clot?
It depends: Do you know the status of your deep venous system ? After a DVT there may be damage such as obstruction or reflux. If this is the case you are at risk for skin changes developing in your legs. These can result in ulceration. You should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. Long term compression may be advisable for you. Good luck. David Fox, MD, FACS www.FoxVein.com ...Read more
I wore compression stockings for the first time yesterday, thigh high ones and i woke up this morning with my left upper back thigh area hurting, DVT?
Unlikely: It's more likely that you have compression of your lateral femoral cutaneous nerve-this is a common problem with tight fitting garments. Risk factors for a DVT include recent surgery, cancer and a history of blood clots. Treat the discomfort with a heating pad and see a doctor if the pain does not abate. ...Read more
Are compression stockings, as a first line of defense for varicose veins, just putting off the inevitable resultant surgical procedure in most people?
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