How long should I wear compression stockings after a C-section and when is it ok to take them off for a while?

Compression Stockings . 13 answers . 2 years ago

I am wearing compression stockings and was wondering how long should I wear them? Six and a half weeks after my C-section, I am still not mobile much.

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

There is no fixed guideline but your comment goes right to the issue. If you are mobile, it is not likely you will get a DVT. It sounds like you might need to wear them a bit longer.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

There is no fixed guideline but your comment goes right to the issue. If you are mobile, it is not likely you will get a DVT. It sounds like you might need to wear them a bit longer.


2 years ago by Vein Center of Orange County (View Profile)

Most patients experience dramatic relief from vein-related discomfort soon after delivery. If you are still having problems six weeks later, it would be wise to see a phlebologist.

2 years ago by Vein Center of Orange County (View Profile)

Most patients experience dramatic relief from vein-related discomfort soon after delivery. If you are still having problems six weeks later, it would be wise to see a phlebologist.


2 years ago by The Vein Clinic (View Profile)

If you are wearing them as a precaution for deep venous thrombosis only- then when you are back to being fully mobile you can discontinue them. Check with your MD to see if there are other reasons you should wear
them for longer.

2 years ago by The Vein Clinic (View Profile)

If you are wearing them as a precaution for deep venous thrombosis only- then when you are back to being fully mobile you can discontinue them. Check with your MD to see if there are other reasons you should wear
them for longer.


2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Until you're mobile, but 6 weeks is a reasonable time already.

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Until you're mobile, but 6 weeks is a reasonable time already.


2 years ago by Austin Vein Specialists (View Profile)

I would recommend wearing them until you are back to normal activity.

2 years ago by Austin Vein Specialists (View Profile)

I would recommend wearing them until you are back to normal activity.


2 years ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

When you get mobile.

2 years ago by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas (View Profile)

When you get mobile.


2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

If you still have reduced mobility, it is better to continue wearing the hose. It is also important to remain well hydrated and do some leg stretches, exercises to pump the calf/thigh muscles. If you are sitting in the evening with your legs elevated (while watching TV) it would be okay to remove them and also at night while you sleep. However, I would recommend following your Obstetrician's guidelines.
Once you are more mobile and able to exercise or go for longer walks, you should be able to reduce wear to those times you are sitting for prolonged periods or standing.

2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

If you still have reduced mobility, it is better to continue wearing the hose. It is also important to remain well hydrated and do some leg stretches, exercises to pump the calf/thigh muscles. If you are sitting in the evening with your legs elevated (while watching TV) it would be okay to remove them and also at night while you sleep. However, I would recommend following your Obstetrician's guidelines.
Once you are more mobile and able to exercise or go for longer walks, you should be able to reduce wear to those times you are sitting for prolonged periods or standing.


2 years ago by Veins etc. at Comprehensive Cardiovascular Consultants

At least a month for most cases and/or until patient becomes mobile.

2 years ago by Veins etc. at Comprehensive Cardiovascular Consultants

At least a month for most cases and/or until patient becomes mobile.


2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute (View Profile)

People wear compression stockings for certain reasons. They are effective in minimizing patient's risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while in the hospital and post-discharge. Normally for post-surgical patients, your risk of developing a DVT remains increased for almost a month after your hospital discharge. So typically I would have told you to wear it for a month or until you are fully mobile. However, since you are still not very mobile, I would recommend wearing them, as long as they are not really hurting you, until your are back to normal activity levels.

2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute (View Profile)

People wear compression stockings for certain reasons. They are effective in minimizing patient's risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while in the hospital and post-discharge. Normally for post-surgical patients, your risk of developing a DVT remains increased for almost a month after your hospital discharge. So typically I would have told you to wear it for a month or until you are fully mobile. However, since you are still not very mobile, I would recommend wearing them, as long as they are not really hurting you, until your are back to normal activity levels.


2 years ago by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Compression stockings help reduce swelling after surgery. Continue wearing the stockings until you resume normal activity.

2 years ago by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Compression stockings help reduce swelling after surgery. Continue wearing the stockings until you resume normal activity.


2 years ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

You should continue to wear them for as long as you are not mobile. Why are you not mobile 6 weeks after C Section? Please consult your doctor about this.

2 years ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

You should continue to wear them for as long as you are not mobile. Why are you not mobile 6 weeks after C Section? Please consult your doctor about this.


2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

This is a question best left up to your OB-GYN physician.

2 years ago by Vein Clinic of North Carolina (View Profile)

This is a question best left up to your OB-GYN physician.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

There is no absolute time to wear compression stockings. The rule of thumb is to wear them until you are fully up and about. If you feel more comfortable with them then wear them longer. Most people will only wear them for about 2 weeks after surgery.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

There is no absolute time to wear compression stockings. The rule of thumb is to wear them until you are fully up and about. If you feel more comfortable with them then wear them longer. Most people will only wear them for about 2 weeks after surgery.


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