I had varicose vein treatment and was unable to find compression socks that would fit due to my weight. Should I be concerned?

I had varicose vein treatment and was unable to find compression socks that would fit my legs due to my weight. My doctor said it was not safe for me to wear them if they were too tight. Do I need to be concerned about developing a blood clot? If so, how long after the procedure will I be at risk?

Answers from doctors (8)


Vein Center of Orange County

Published on Jul 28, 2015

Normally we fit our patients with compression stockings BEFORE beginning treatment. Yes, it is very important to have properly fit, adequately strong stockings for a week after sclerotherapy or thermal ablation in order to provide the best result and to prevent blood clots. If you do not fit into the ready-made semi-custom stockings available, you should be fitted for custom stockings, which normally must be ordered in advance.

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Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Normally we fit our patients with compression stockings BEFORE beginning treatment. Yes, it is very important to have properly fit, adequately strong stockings for a week after sclerotherapy or thermal ablation in order to provide the best result and to prevent blood clots. If you do not fit into the ready-made semi-custom stockings available, you should be fitted for custom stockings, which normally must be ordered in advance.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Jul 21, 2015

You can order a custom stocking. You can still have the procedure but will probably have more pain afterward if not wearing compression hose.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

You can order a custom stocking. You can still have the procedure but will probably have more pain afterward if not wearing compression hose.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jul 20, 2015

You did not mention which procedure you had. We are typically able to fit people into at least a knee length stocking and use bandages for the upper leg. This enhances the procedure and without them, you should still be ok. I would focus on lots of walking, drink a lot of fluids, elevated you legs though out the day. After most vein procedures we prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. If your doctor agrees, you may also be able to take an aspirin daily (either 81mg or 325mgs).

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

You did not mention which procedure you had. We are typically able to fit people into at least a knee length stocking and use bandages for the upper leg. This enhances the procedure and without them, you should still be ok. I would focus on lots of walking, drink a lot of fluids, elevated you legs though out the day. After most vein procedures we prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. If your doctor agrees, you may also be able to take an aspirin daily (either 81mg or 325mgs).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

Published on Jul 20, 2015

For patients that meet your description, I have used ace wraps, primarily for comfort. I do not believe that you are at increased risk for blood clot, or effectiveness of the procedure.

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Answered by Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

For patients that meet your description, I have used ace wraps, primarily for comfort. I do not believe that you are at increased risk for blood clot, or effectiveness of the procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Georgia Vascular Institute

Published on Jul 20, 2015

The risk for blood clot is usually with the first few days and mainly due to patient inactivity. Make sure you are walking regularly after the procedure.10 min every couple of hours for the first day or two.

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Answered by Georgia Vascular Institute

The risk for blood clot is usually with the first few days and mainly due to patient inactivity. Make sure you are walking regularly after the procedure.10 min every couple of hours for the first day or two.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


You can look online and get a custom fit stockings from a vendor. The other option is to make your own compression wrap using an ace bandage and keep it tightly wrapped around your legs for at least three weeks after your vein ablation treatment.

Answered by Premier Vein and Vascular Center (View Profile)

You can look online and get a custom fit stockings from a vendor. The other option is to make your own compression wrap using an ace bandage and keep it tightly wrapped around your legs for at least three weeks after your vein ablation treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Many brands offer compression stockings from 10-30 mmHg.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Many brands offer compression stockings from 10-30 mmHg.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Jul 20, 2015

I have patients wear compression hose for only 2 days post closure procedure. If you cannot wear stockings than try ace wraps.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

I have patients wear compression hose for only 2 days post closure procedure. If you cannot wear stockings than try ace wraps.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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