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Compression Stockings after surgery?
Started by Sally T.
Posted: May 31, 2009 at 01:29
Hi, I'm wondering whether any of you that have had surgery wore these afterwards in bed? I have read that normally they are only worn during the daytime (not to sleep in). But, what about after a surgical procedure? Is it ok to wear these to sleep in and if so, what strength did you use?

I have seen some stockings online that say "surgical" or 18-20 strength, but these look a bit flimsy?? Would tighter be dangerous?

Anyone with experiences after surgery with their stockings would be of great interest.

Thank You.
Sally :)
Re: Compression Stockings after surgery?
Reply #1 by suzanne
Posted: May 31, 2009 at 09:18
sally,have you had a dvt? if not usually you get told by the hospital if you need to wear them or not and they should provide them.
Re: Compression Stockings after surgery?
Reply #2 by Sally T.
Posted: May 31, 2009 at 19:41
Hi Suzanne. Yes, I have had a DVT about a year ago, but I am no longer on Coumadin for it. At the time, my doctor did not prescribe compression stockings as I had no swelling in my DVT leg. So, I don't have much experience with the stockings, but would like to start wearing them after my surgery.

Does anyone sleep with them on? I have read that they should not be worn in bed, but there is no warning on the box that I have.

Thank you!
Re: Compression Stockings after surgery?
Reply #3 by suzanne
Posted: May 31, 2009 at 20:22
sally,maybe you should ask your gp,i be wearing my stocking for two years but was told to take it off at bedtime to have a rest from it.
Re: Compression Stockings after surgery?
Reply #4 by Lori
Posted: May 31, 2009 at 22:43
Hi Sally,

Your skin is put under a lot of stress when you wear compression
stockings and you need to give your skin a break to breathe. Your leg
won't swell up if you are reclined, why would you want to wear them
to bed?
Re: Compression Stockings after surgery?
Reply #5 by neda
Posted: July 4, 2009 at 08:14
Personally, they make me feel sick if I try to sleep in them. I can't stay asleep. I keep waking up, feeling very nauseated and having a headache. It feels much more comfortable to take them off before bed, and besides, you are lying flat in bed, so I don't think you need them.
Re: Compression Stockings after surgery?
Reply #6 by Brittany
Posted: July 4, 2009 at 08:33
Hey Sally

I was told to wear TED hose on both legs (had thrombectomy to remove clot in left leg) 24/7 while I was in the hospital. Once I was out of the hospital, i was down to wearing TED hose on the affected just during the days and was finally issued a prescription for compression hose (I had to get my doctor to prescribe them though). The Compression Hose are pretty restrictive and tight around your skin and I have heard that it is not advisable to sleep in them, as you should give your legs some time to breathe and recover! If you are laying down, there is not as much of a need to have them, as gravity is pushing down on your legs evenly. When you're up and about however, this changes, and gravity has a stronger affect near your feet and puts greater strain on your veins/valves in the veins to properly return blood up to the heart....this is the main function of the compression hose...to just help fight against gravity a bit!

I have "medium" compression...I feel like the are 4 strengths, mine would be the second weakest. I am sorry I can't remember the number right now. They are not COMFORTABLE and are definitely snug but they don't feel flimsy to me. I would recommend getting professionally fitted for a stocking. This usually requires a Doctor's prescription, however, and my doctor was the one who decided what strength hose I should be wearing.

Good luck!
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