Should I be wearing compression stockings or support hose and for how long?
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Sclerotherapy pain and compression hose
I usually recommend that you wear compression hose, but for how long depends on the extent of the treatment.
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Stockings after Sclerotherapy - How Long ?
Believe it or not, some doctors tell their patients not to take stockings off for 2 weeks and shower in them !
Use my E-books as a reference and talk to the treating physician, who hopefully is certified from the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, previously called Phlebology.
Sclerotherapy is usually not painful.
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Compression Stockings After Sclerotherapy
In terms of compression stockings after sclerotherapy, we strongly recommend them for one week following treatment. We always fit our patients for the appropriate size compression stockings immediate prior to their treatment and apply the stockings immediately following the treatment (we do not use tight gauze wraps as you described). We carry a full inventory of the compression stockings in our office for patient convenience and our patients tend to find them relatively comfortable.
The reason that we recommend compression stockings for one week following treatment is that the results of medical studies on sclerotherapy (and in my clinical practice as well) we have found better cosmetic results (more of the veins fade away) when the patient wear compression stockings after their treatments. It can also act to decrease the incidence of bruising, bleeding, and skin discoloration.
I hope the information was useful.
Joel Gotvald, MD, FACS, RPVI
Board Certified Vein Specialist