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After having a DVT where clot is behind knee, is it better to wear compression stockings below knee or above?

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 more

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Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more

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I have dvts in the back of the knee and in thigh - would knee high compression stockings be proper or thigh high?

I have dvts  in the back of the knee and in thigh - would knee high compression stockings be proper or thigh high?

Knee high OK: Drs. Halimah and wright are right, 30-40 mm hg compression stockings for two years is the goal. Studies have shown no additional benefit from wearing thigh high stockings over knee high though. Although stockings will help swelling and discomfort while you wear them, the real importance of wearing them is to prevent the development of post thrombotic symdrome after having a dvt. ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
Daily
Wear your compression
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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Take anticoagulation
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Wear support stockings
Daily
See a vein specialist
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Walk
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Post DVT compression stockings do I need to wear 24 hrs?

Controversial: The role of compression stockings is to help to squeeze the calf veins to improve the venous return of blood to the heart and prevent venous stasis. When ambulating, the calf muscle pump does this. When recumbent, the calf muscle pump is not working. I, therefore, feel that compression hose should be worn while sleeping to improve the venous return. A lesser compression could be used at night. ...Read more

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Are compression stockings enough to prevent a DVT when you fly?

Are compression stockings enough to prevent a DVT when you fly?

Yes Plus!: I advise patients to do several things when they fly or drive for greater than 2 hours. Wear knee length compression stockings 20-30mmhg. Get up and move around every 2-3h hours to exercise the calf muscles to increase the calf muscle pump and improve the venous return and i also advise taking a baby Aspirin the night before the trip and day of the trip so adequate levels are present. ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Take blood thinners as indicated
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Use elastic compression stockings for symptomatic relief
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Drink plenty of fluids
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Do compression stockings prevent DVT? So if you wear them does that mean you won't get DVT?

Nope: They do prevent DVT. However a thrombus/clot is a result of multiple factors, and a compression stocking can control (that too a degree) - one of them. There fore it cannot guarantee "that you won't get a dvt". But they do CUT down the risk of getting a DVT - so if your situation appropriates it, please do use it. I definitely ask my parents to use it while flying for long times. ...Read more

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Blood Clot In Leg (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein in the body, often in the legs. It can occur if a person stays still for a long time, and may either occur without any symptoms or may result in leg ...Read more

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