Why Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings Before and After a Vein Procedure?
Compression stockings are prescription socks made to encourage blood flow to the vessels in your legs. They are designed to provide gradual compression meaning they are tighter around the foot and loosen as they move up the leg. This improved blood flow and decreased pressure within your veins can help prevent the worsening of varicose veins and relief from some of the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins.
However, compressions stockings will not eliminate or cure varicose veins. Venous insufficiency is the root of most varicose veins and is permanent damage to the veins, therefore it cannot be reversed by compression stockings, a treatment such as EVLT or RFA will be needed to eliminate the varicose veins and restore blood flow to healthy veins.
Compression Before Treatment
While compression stockings can provide some relief to the symptoms associated with varicose veins, the primary reason your doctor will likely prescribe them prior to receiving a minimally invasive treatment is to satisfy insurance company requirements. Most insurance carriers require that non-invasive compression stockings be used first before they will authorize coverage for other treatments.
Compression After Treatment
The use of compression stockings after treatment is extremely common as it helps restore proper blood flow and can be very effective in aiding the healing process after surgery. As stated above, compression is most effective when used in conjunction with a procedure to actually eliminate the underlying issue of diseased veins.
Compression stockings are now available from numerous manufacturers and range from the common skin-toned versions to high-end designer options. It is important that you seek the attention of a vein specialist in order to be properly fitted for prescription compression stockings.