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What are the types of compression stockings that can help treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Your local pharmacy or medical supply store sells basic compression stockings that can help you manage deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Depending on the location of your DVT and symptoms, you can buy a compression stocking that covers most of your leg, or you can buy a stocking that only rises to your knee.

Some doctors prefer compression stockings that end at the knee. These may work just as well as larger stockings, and they are generally less expensive, more comfortable, and easier to pull on.

Over-the-counter stockings may be helpful. But they tend to apply only light, consistent pressure. Prescription compression stockings apply more pressure. In some cases, they may help when basic compression socks do not.

Some compression stockings are battery powered. These are sometimes called "intermittent" or "pneumatic" compression stockings. They're designed to apply different amounts of pressure at different times. Some research suggests these may improve quality of life when other compression socks fail.

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai.org: "Post-Thrombotic Syndrome."

The Lancet : "Randomised trial of effect of compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings."

Hematology : "The post-thrombotic syndrome."

National Health Services (U.K.): "How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?" "How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

The Lancet Haematology : "Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial."

Blood Coagulation, Fibrinolysis and Cellular Haemostasis : "Graduated compression stockings to treat acute leg pain associated with proximal DVT."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 5, 2020

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai.org: "Post-Thrombotic Syndrome."

The Lancet : "Randomised trial of effect of compression stockings in patients with symptomatic proximal-vein thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Mayo Clinic Q and A: Tips for using compression stockings."

Hematology : "The post-thrombotic syndrome."

National Health Services (U.K.): "How long should I wear compression stockings to improve my circulation?" "How long should I wear compression stockings after surgery?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

The Lancet Haematology : "Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial."

Blood Coagulation, Fibrinolysis and Cellular Haemostasis : "Graduated compression stockings to treat acute leg pain associated with proximal DVT."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 5, 2020

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