I have 1 swollen leg after ORIF and DVT. I’m on blood thinners. Should I wear compression stockings on both legs despite different measurements?

I’m 6 weeks out of a leg cast after ORIF due to breaking my fibula above the ankle. I developed a DVT in my upper thigh during treatment. I’m on blood thinners now for a while (Rivaoxyban). My leg and foot are still swollen and it's painful to walk.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

You should continue compression hose on the affected leg—up to the top of the thigh if that is where your clot was. This will help reduce the risk of developing post-thrombotic syndrome (chronic swelling, skin discolorations and ulceration).

As you are on blood thinners, there is little risk of DVT in the opposite leg now but if you are more comfortable in the hose, you can wear them on both. You may need to purchase a pair measured to the less swollen leg.

Published on Nov 15, 2018

Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

You should continue compression hose on the affected leg—up to the top of the thigh if that is where your clot was. This will help reduce the risk of developing post-thrombotic syndrome (chronic swelling, skin discolorations and ulceration).

As you are on blood thinners, there is little risk of DVT in the opposite leg now but if you are more comfortable in the hose, you can wear them on both. You may need to purchase a pair measured to the less swollen leg.

Published on Nov 15, 2018


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