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Surgical Stockings After Surgery
Prevent blood clots: They are intended to help prevent blood clots, but will do little by themselves. In addition to other measures such as injections of "blood thinners" and compression devices (the leg squeezers) they do reduce your chance of blood clots forming, which can travel to your lungs. They also help reduce the leg swelling which is pretty common after surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Well...: You can stop using them once you are physically active and walking around... If you are sedentary or in bed most of the time, you should keep them ...Read more
I just had a surgery. My physician told me to wear compression stockings. Can I wear them overnight?
About lymphedema, thighs only, after skin reduction surgery: medical graduated thigh-high stockings don't compress above the knee; they only cling. ?
Lymphedema specialis: You really need to go to a lymphedema specialist who will be a physical therapist with extra training who can fit with appropriate compression garments, teach massage techniques and excercises and recommend any newer technology that may help in your situation. You should get a referral from your doctor and insurance may cover some of it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Consult a surgeon!: The US does not have a monopoly on surgeons. There are qualified surgeons everywhere in the world. Just as I would advise in the US, do a bit of research to try to find the best hospital in the area and a surgeon with good credentials. You may also want to get a second opinion. One thing you will find is that surgery outside the US is probably much more affordable! ...Read more
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