How many hours a day do I have to wear a compression stocking after EVLT?

Endovenous Laser Ablation . 8 answers . 2 years ago

It has been a week since my EVLT procedure, and I am wondering if I should continue wearing the compression stocking?

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center

I usually have patients wear compression hose during the daytime for one week after an ablation procedure.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

I usually have patients wear compression hose during the daytime for one week after an ablation procedure.


2 years ago by Intermountain Vein Center

Usually a patient wears a compression stocking for just one week post procedure as medically necessary; after that it is completely up to you.

2 years ago by Intermountain Vein Center (View Profile)

Usually a patient wears a compression stocking for just one week post procedure as medically necessary; after that it is completely up to you.


2 years ago by Austin Vein Specialists

Yes, I would recommend wearing the stocking for an additional week for maximum effectiveness. You should wear it during the day while you are on your feet, as much as possible during the day. You can take it off at night to sleep.

2 years ago by Austin Vein Specialists (View Profile)

Yes, I would recommend wearing the stocking for an additional week for maximum effectiveness. You should wear it during the day while you are on your feet, as much as possible during the day. You can take it off at night to sleep.


2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

This is a great question and every surgeon has a slightly different preference for their patients.
We require our patients to wear compression stockings around the clock for the first 48 hours, then morning to night for the next seven days to three weeks. People who have very large varicose veins which are not removed at the time of ablation will usually wear compression stockings longer to facilitate "shrinking" of those vein. Residual veins can be removed later.
I would recommend you follow your surgeon's advice. That said, we often recommend a lower compression knee high hose for maintenance later, especially for those working on their feet or sedentary/traveling a lot.

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

This is a great question and every surgeon has a slightly different preference for their patients.
We require our patients to wear compression stockings around the clock for the first 48 hours, then morning to night for the next seven days to three weeks. People who have very large varicose veins which are not removed at the time of ablation will usually wear compression stockings longer to facilitate "shrinking" of those vein. Residual veins can be removed later.
I would recommend you follow your surgeon's advice. That said, we often recommend a lower compression knee high hose for maintenance later, especially for those working on their feet or sedentary/traveling a lot.


2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute

The compression stockings do not determine whether the EVLT will work. They only provide some compression for comfort and to help minimize swelling and bruising. If the stockings cause you more discomfort wearing them, then you can get your doctor's approval to take them off.

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

The compression stockings do not determine whether the EVLT will work. They only provide some compression for comfort and to help minimize swelling and bruising. If the stockings cause you more discomfort wearing them, then you can get your doctor's approval to take them off.


2 years ago by Heart and Vein Center

For most of my patients I recommend they wear stockings daily for two weeks after endovenous ablation and to take them off only to sleep and to shower.

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

For most of my patients I recommend they wear stockings daily for two weeks after endovenous ablation and to take them off only to sleep and to shower.


2 years ago by Vein Specialists

This rule varies between patients and between physicians. The compression stocking is most important in shrinking down varicose veins after sealing of the underlying leaky veins. It is also of some symptomatic relief in terms of keeping the thigh tight after surgery and preventing excessive "jiggling" of the fatty tissue and underlying inflamed (and closed) great saphenous vein.

2 years ago by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

This rule varies between patients and between physicians. The compression stocking is most important in shrinking down varicose veins after sealing of the underlying leaky veins. It is also of some symptomatic relief in terms of keeping the thigh tight after surgery and preventing excessive "jiggling" of the fatty tissue and underlying inflamed (and closed) great saphenous vein.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

The answer to this question varies with the physician. I recommend one week of compression following laser ablation. I also recommend wearing the stockings both day and night and they can be removed to shower. If you still have discomfort at the one week point, and if the stockings have helped you, then you can certainly wear them for another one or two weeks.

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

The answer to this question varies with the physician. I recommend one week of compression following laser ablation. I also recommend wearing the stockings both day and night and they can be removed to shower. If you still have discomfort at the one week point, and if the stockings have helped you, then you can certainly wear them for another one or two weeks.


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