How much pressure should a Compression Stocking have?

How does one calculate the compression in stocking?

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Vein Treatment Clinic

Published on Feb 26, 2018

A vein specialist can help you with prescribing the right compression stockings for you with right size and also correct pressure.

Usually after vein treatments, medical compression stockings will be prescribed with a pressure of 20 to 30 mmHg for one week (exact description is located in the compression stocking package).

Medical compression stockings need to be on for a week after the treatment during the day. However, this approach is also used and recommended by vein specialists to manage pain and uncomfortable symptoms that venous disease and reflux produce.

There are different types of compression stockings that go above the knee to the thigh and others that go up only to the knee. Again the use of compression stocking is recommended to be done under the supervision of the vein specialist.

All the best!

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Answered by Vein Treatment Clinic

A vein specialist can help you with prescribing the right compression stockings for you with right size and also correct pressure.

Usually after vein treatments, medical compression stockings will be prescribed with a pressure of 20 to 30 mmHg for one week (exact description is located in the compression stocking package).

Medical compression stockings need to be on for a week after the treatment during the day. However, this approach is also used and recommended by vein specialists to manage pain and uncomfortable symptoms that venous disease and reflux produce.

There are different types of compression stockings that go above the knee to the thigh and others that go up only to the knee. Again the use of compression stocking is recommended to be done under the supervision of the vein specialist.

All the best!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Aug 20, 2010

In general terms, compression stockings basically have 3 categories: under 20mmHg pressure, 20-30 and 30-40. Over 40mmHg pressure are so tight and difficult to apply that few will be able to use them. Under 20 (5-15, 6-18, etc.) are essentially normal to slightly above the regular sock compression. 20-30 is what most people use for leg aching, spider and varicose veins. 30-40 is what is usually used for severe venous insufficiency or post phlebitic syndrome.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

In general terms, compression stockings basically have 3 categories: under 20mmHg pressure, 20-30 and 30-40. Over 40mmHg pressure are so tight and difficult to apply that few will be able to use them. Under 20 (5-15, 6-18, etc.) are essentially normal to slightly above the regular sock compression. 20-30 is what most people use for leg aching, spider and varicose veins. 30-40 is what is usually used for severe venous insufficiency or post phlebitic syndrome.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Innovative Vein

Published on Apr 15, 2010

20 to 30 or 30 to 40 mmHg pressure. This should be shown on the box.

Answered by Innovative Vein (View Profile)

20 to 30 or 30 to 40 mmHg pressure. This should be shown on the box.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Apr 13, 2010

The appropriate compression varies for each individual depending on the extent of the condition being treated.Thus , medical studies measuring intra-venous "ambulatory pressure" exist. In an individual without significant varicose veins, and leading an active ambulatory lifestyle may onlt require a 20-30mmHg compression at the ankle. A less active patient with severe "ambulatory hypertension" may require a 40-50mmHg pressure at the ankle.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

The appropriate compression varies for each individual depending on the extent of the condition being treated.Thus , medical studies measuring intra-venous "ambulatory pressure" exist. In an individual without significant varicose veins, and leading an active ambulatory lifestyle may onlt require a 20-30mmHg compression at the ankle. A less active patient with severe "ambulatory hypertension" may require a 40-50mmHg pressure at the ankle.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Miller Vein

Published on Apr 09, 2010

The degree of compression one needs depends on the indication for wearing them. Typically, the more severe the symptoms the greater the compression.

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Answered by Miller Vein

The degree of compression one needs depends on the indication for wearing them. Typically, the more severe the symptoms the greater the compression.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Published on Apr 05, 2010

Medium grade 20-30 mm. High grade 30-40.

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Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Medium grade 20-30 mm. High grade 30-40.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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