I just had a hip replaced and am seeing swelling on the opposite side. Should I wear compression stockings on both legs?

I just had a hip replaced. I have a compression stocking on the opposite side to the operation and am getting swelling. Should I use compression on both legs? My surgeon did not say how long to wear it and whether to wear it all the time or just at night. I will not see the surgeon until September. I am getting pain in the thigh, none where the scar is. Is this also typical? I am fairly mobile. The operation took place 4 weeks ago.

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Answered by Laser Vein Center

Yes, compression on both legs will help. The opposite leg serves as overflow lymphatic drainage when the affected leg lymphatics are overwhelmed. There is obviously no harm in wearing the compression on both legs, but if there is swelling in the opposite leg, it will help to wear the stocking on both legs.

Published on Jul 22, 2019

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Yes, compression on both legs will help. The opposite leg serves as overflow lymphatic drainage when the affected leg lymphatics are overwhelmed. There is obviously no harm in wearing the compression on both legs, but if there is swelling in the opposite leg, it will help to wear the stocking on both legs.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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