- Treatments & Info
- Find a Doctor
- Ask a Doctor
- Before & After
I was wondering if someone who already has a clot wore compression stockings, would it be safe? Might this dislodge the clot? I only just learned about compression stockings and I'm not sure of these details.
If the clot is in the superficial vein, there is no danger of dislodging it. If the clot is in the deep vein, you should be on a "blood thinner" and be monitored.
We do not think compression hose will dislodge a blood clot. In fact, it is an important part of treatment.
Wearing properly fitted graduated compresssion stockings is an important part of treating leg thrombosis or clots. It will help decrease the damage from the clot, improve venous return to the heart, and will not dislodge the clot.
Usually a good idea to wear them after a blood clot. Ask your MD.
It is safe and beneficial to wear compression stockings after being diagnosed with a blood clot. Stockings should not cause the clot to become dislodged.
We absolutely recommend compression for those with blood clots. Also, depending on the location of the clot (above or below the knee), we recommend at least 6 months. Long term if the clot extends above the knee to reduce post-thrombotic syndrome. Compression will not dislodge clots, will help reduce swelling, skin damage and discomfort. These should be professionally measured and fitted.
Yes, it has been found safe to wear stocking even soon after a clot develops.
Wearing compression stockings in the case of a blood clot is generally fine. What you do not want to do is mechanically massage your leg especially if you have a new clot. This may dislodge the clot and potentially allow it to travel to areas that you do not want it to go. Keep in mind, however, that not all blood clots are immediately life threatening. If you now have, or have previously had a Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), it may also be appropriate for you to wear compression stockings long term. Studies suggest that compression stockings worn in cases of prior DVT can actually minimize your risk of developing a post thrombotic syndrome, which if allowed to progress, can result in chronic pain and swelling in the affected leg.
That is a great question. Compression stockings are meant to be a preventative device. You should discuss this with your physician before using.
Elastic compression stockings should be worn by the vast majority of patients who have deep or superficial vein thrombosis. The pain and swelling will improve faster and the clot may resolve faster with elastic compression.
Compression stockings should be worn by those with DVT and even those with superficial phlebitis. The purpose of the stockings is to provide venous compression to decrease swelling, increase venous return and improve leg discomfort. Compression stocking will not dislodge clots. In fact, some feel that the stockings actually enhance clot adherence to the vein.