How long do I have to wear compression hose after microphlebectomy?

I am 6 days post op from microphlebectomy. How long should I wear compression hose? Everyone seems to really vary with this answer...

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Advanced Vein Center

Published on Jul 03, 2012

The answer does vary because there is very little research on the subject. Compression is mainly to minimize bleeding and bruising after phlebectomy. It can also help with ankle swelling. Hemostasis is achieved within 24 hours. Compression beyond this time can help with edema and prevention of trapped blood in vein segments that were not removed. I have my patients use compression for 3 days after phlebectomy.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

The answer does vary because there is very little research on the subject. Compression is mainly to minimize bleeding and bruising after phlebectomy. It can also help with ankle swelling. Hemostasis is achieved within 24 hours. Compression beyond this time can help with edema and prevention of trapped blood in vein segments that were not removed. I have my patients use compression for 3 days after phlebectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Angelo N. Makris MD

Published on Jul 03, 2012

Post-procedure instructions will vary from physician to physician. Follow the recommendations of your physician.

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Answered by Angelo N. Makris MD

Post-procedure instructions will vary from physician to physician. Follow the recommendations of your physician.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialists

Published on Jul 03, 2012

The length of time does vary, but you are the one to benefit from more prolonged use. I would recommend a minimum of 7 days, longer if you still have swelling, or residual bulging veins.

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Answered by Vein Specialists

The length of time does vary, but you are the one to benefit from more prolonged use. I would recommend a minimum of 7 days, longer if you still have swelling, or residual bulging veins.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


General Vascular Surgery Group

Published on Jul 03, 2012

I usually say 2 weeks during the day. Some say only a week though.

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

I usually say 2 weeks during the day. Some say only a week though.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Heart and Vein Center

Published on Jul 03, 2012

Depends on how large the veins were that were removed and if there is a concern of bleeding or other. Typically, 7-10 days should be enough.

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Answered by Heart and Vein Center

Depends on how large the veins were that were removed and if there is a concern of bleeding or other. Typically, 7-10 days should be enough.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jul 03, 2012

Yes, hose use varies from surgeon to surgeon. My patients wear them for 48 hours post-procedure, then during the day for an additional 5 days. I do have them massage with a cream such as Dermaka several times per day. There may be small "knots" at the sites, which I encourage pinpoint (fingertip) massage to reduce small amounts of scar tissue. You should follow your surgeon's instructions.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Yes, hose use varies from surgeon to surgeon. My patients wear them for 48 hours post-procedure, then during the day for an additional 5 days. I do have them massage with a cream such as Dermaka several times per day. There may be small "knots" at the sites, which I encourage pinpoint (fingertip) massage to reduce small amounts of scar tissue. You should follow your surgeon's instructions.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology

Published on May 30, 2012

It really depends on the procedure you underwent.

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Answered by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology

It really depends on the procedure you underwent.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Austin Vein Specialists

Published on May 08, 2012

Yes, there is some controversy on how long to wear stockings after microphlebectomy. In general, I feel the longer the better, but 2 weeks should suffice.

Answered by Austin Vein Specialists (View Profile)

Yes, there is some controversy on how long to wear stockings after microphlebectomy. In general, I feel the longer the better, but 2 weeks should suffice.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Vein Treatment Center

Published on May 03, 2012

We advise our patients to use compression stockings for symptomatic relief, but every patient has individual needs. Follow your doctor's recommendations.

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Answered by The Vein Treatment Center

We advise our patients to use compression stockings for symptomatic relief, but every patient has individual needs. Follow your doctor's recommendations.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on May 02, 2012

I recommend wearing support hose for 2 days following microphlebectomies, or longer if the legs feel better with them.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

I recommend wearing support hose for 2 days following microphlebectomies, or longer if the legs feel better with them.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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