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Dvt Clot Knee Compression Stockings
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Compression stockings don't help pain what else can I do? I had a DVT in my right leg 2 years ago. It went from my groin to ankle. I still have pain in this leg, and when i walk any distance or even a 50 yards i get excuriating pain in my leg, specific
You may: Have developed another DVT are you on blood thinner. I would consider this an emergency and suggest you get it checked right away! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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