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Is there a risk of deep vein thrombosis with the 24/7 use of compression hose?

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DVT with compression

Compression stockings are actually used to treat patients who are at high risk of deep vein thrombosis. The compression aids venous return and decreases the risk of clot formation.
Boulder Dermatologist
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Risk of DVT with compression stockings

There is no risk of DVT. If, however, you have superficial venous insufficiency and wearing stocking of pressure lower than needed, there is a definiteve risk of thrombophlebitis.
New York General Surgeon
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Should be no added risk.

Compression hose function by compressing the calf muscles and thigh muscles (if thigh high) to push the blood out of the veins to increase the venous return to the heart and decrease the venous pressure.  Blood clots when there is decrease movement of blood (stasis), trauma to a vein or increased clotting (hyper coagulable). Usually there is no need to wear compression hose 24/7 but wearing  them should not increase your chances of DVT but rather decrease it since you are reducing venous stasis and increasing the venous return.
Naples General Surgeon
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