Is it OK to use an elastic bandage instead of compression stockings following sclerotherapy?

I had a sclerotherapy treatment, but instead of being prescribed compression stockings, my doctor advised me to use an elastic bandage. Is the bandage just as effective as compression stockings?

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Yes, you can wear elastic bandages instead of compression stockings.

Published on Jun 04, 2013

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Yes, you can wear elastic bandages instead of compression stockings.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Bandages can be a very effective method of compression, but require experience to apply properly. Additionally, they often lose their tightness quickly. Most physicians use graduated stockings for simplicity and consistency.

Published on May 30, 2013

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Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Bandages can be a very effective method of compression, but require experience to apply properly. Additionally, they often lose their tightness quickly. Most physicians use graduated stockings for simplicity and consistency.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

Yes, that is an acceptable alternative to compression stocking.

Published on May 29, 2013

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Yes, that is an acceptable alternative to compression stocking.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

No, elastic bandage will not suffice. Compression stockings provide the pressure and support needed after vein treatment of this kind.

Published on May 29, 2013

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Answered by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

No, elastic bandage will not suffice. Compression stockings provide the pressure and support needed after vein treatment of this kind.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

The elastic bandage will only be as effective as compression stockings if they provide the same even compression as the hose (typically 30-40mmHg). If not, then I would say to use the compression stocking after sclerotherapy since it is a liquid. Without proper compression, the liquid will easily be washed out of the vein, rendering treatment ineffective.

Published on May 29, 2013

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Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

The elastic bandage will only be as effective as compression stockings if they provide the same even compression as the hose (typically 30-40mmHg). If not, then I would say to use the compression stocking after sclerotherapy since it is a liquid. Without proper compression, the liquid will easily be washed out of the vein, rendering treatment ineffective.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Bay Vein Associates

Yes, for the purposes of post-procedural compression of the treated leg, there is no difference between the elastic hose and compression stockings.

Published on May 28, 2013

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Answered by Bay Vein Associates

Yes, for the purposes of post-procedural compression of the treated leg, there is no difference between the elastic hose and compression stockings.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

Elastic bandage is acceptable as long as you can apply it with gradient pressure (tighter below and less tight as you gradually ascend up the leg). This is difficult to do and requires some training and expertise. A stocking does this more easily. An inelastic wrap is sometimes applied immediately after sclerotherapy, but is changed to a stocking later. Also, beware that failure to compress the foot will result in foot swelling. Wraps on the foot are cumbersome and uncomfortable.

Published on May 28, 2013

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Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

Elastic bandage is acceptable as long as you can apply it with gradient pressure (tighter below and less tight as you gradually ascend up the leg). This is difficult to do and requires some training and expertise. A stocking does this more easily. An inelastic wrap is sometimes applied immediately after sclerotherapy, but is changed to a stocking later. Also, beware that failure to compress the foot will result in foot swelling. Wraps on the foot are cumbersome and uncomfortable.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by South Palm Cardiovascular Associates

The elastic bandage may not be as effective as compression stockings. Address these concerns with your treating physician and ask him/her about the pros and cons of each.

Published on May 28, 2013

Answered by South Palm Cardiovascular Associates (View Profile)

The elastic bandage may not be as effective as compression stockings. Address these concerns with your treating physician and ask him/her about the pros and cons of each.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Elastic bandages can be effective if applied correctly. We typically use a sheet compression hose for our patients comfort as bandages tend to slip and unravel.

Published on May 28, 2013

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Elastic bandages can be effective if applied correctly. We typically use a sheet compression hose for our patients comfort as bandages tend to slip and unravel.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Michael F. Gioscia, MD, FACS, ABVLM

Ace bandages are not a measured, graded form of compression. Unlike compression stockings, which are "medium stretch" bandages, ace wraps are "short stretch" bandages. If you have had sclerotherapy, you should use the correct grade of stocking (20- 30 mmHg or 30- 40mmHg).

Published on May 28, 2013

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Answered by Michael F. Gioscia, MD, FACS, ABVLM

Ace bandages are not a measured, graded form of compression. Unlike compression stockings, which are "medium stretch" bandages, ace wraps are "short stretch" bandages. If you have had sclerotherapy, you should use the correct grade of stocking (20- 30 mmHg or 30- 40mmHg).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Compression stockings are a better form of compression since they are more uniform. However, I frequently use ace wraps, especially since I use post-sclerotherapy compression for only 48 hours and many patients would rather wear the ace wraps rather than stockings.

Published on May 28, 2013

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Compression stockings are a better form of compression since they are more uniform. However, I frequently use ace wraps, especially since I use post-sclerotherapy compression for only 48 hours and many patients would rather wear the ace wraps rather than stockings.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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