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Compression Stockings in Atlanta: Why You Need Post-Treatment Compression Socks

After treatment for venous insufficiency, varicose veins or spider vein sclerotherapy, compression stockings can be a lifesaver. They help reduce swelling and minimize the risk of blood clots.

Compression stockings help keep the veins in the legs from re-opening and enlarging again, thus helping maintain the treatment results. They are also widely used to relieve symptoms associated with extended standing or sitting.

How Do Compression Stockings Work?

Compression stockings provide graduated compression, meaning they apply pressure to the feet and legs in a specific pattern with greater compression in the foot and ankle which gradually lessens as you move up the leg. This regulated pressure helps to increase circulation and reduce swelling and discomfort. Compression stockings can help facilitate blood flow and enhance overall comfort.

The graduated compression pattern helps push deoxygenated blood from the legs into the deep veins improving venous return back to the heart. At the same time, the pressure also helps to reduce swelling by restricting the amount of fluid that can accumulate in the lower legs.

Compression stockings help reduce fatigue and improve athletic performance by increasing circulation and reducing swelling. 

Why Should You Wear Compression Stockings?

Compression socks are generally associated with aging but are not just for older adults. Compression stockings benefit people of all ages who need relief from swelling or discomfort in their feet.

Young people with relatively healthy circulation may occasionally benefit from compression socks.

If you've ever experienced swelling or discomfort after sitting for extended periods—like on long flights or for work-related purposes—compression socks may be a great solution.

They can improve circulation, reduce fatigue, and prevent injury. And are essential following treatment for spider or varicose veins.

Why Are There Different Grades of Compression Socks?

Compression stockings and socks come in different levels or grades, ranging from mild to extra firm pressure. The compression levels use a unit of measurement, meaning "millimeters of mercury," or mmHg.

The mild compression level is suitable for people with leg fatigue and mild swelling after sitting or standing all day.

The moderate level, 20-30 mmHg, is considered medical grade and appropriate for managing varicose veins, spider veins, aching, and swelling. This grade is typically recommended after certain surgeries or to manage pregnancy-related varicose veins, leg heaviness, and swelling.

Firm compression, 30-40 mmHg or higher, is designed for people with existing medical complications (deep vein thrombosis, lymphedema) who require management of severe health disorders.

It is advised to consult with a physician to help determine the appropriate level of compression for your needs. Your doctor can assess your medical history and health conditions to choose the right compression level. They can also provide guidance on when and how to wear compression socks.

Do I Need Compression Stockings After Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical intervention used to treat spider and varicose veins. It entails injecting a solution into the veins to cause them to close and eventually disappear.

Following sclerotherapy, compression stockings prevent the veins from re-opening as well as complications such as blood clots and inflammation and help the veins heal properly. Compressing the collapsed veins will help prevent blood from reaccumulating so the veins do not develop again.

Patients must wear compression stockings in Atlanta continuously for approximately 48 hours after their vein treatment and then during the day for the remainder of the week following treatment.  However, every case is different. You should discuss how long they will be required with your doctor.

If you have concerns about vein disease-related symptoms, please contact our helpful representatives to schedule a consultation today.

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