Is it safe to wear knee-high compression stockings 15-20mmHg during a long flight if you travel 1st class with a total reclining bed?

I have lymphedema that is mild to moderate in one foot and wear knee-high compression during flights.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

You absolutely should wear your compression hose while traveling any class. Even if you can elevate your legs, you will be prone to increased swelling. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, walk often, and do some foot and calf exercises (look in the back of the airline magazine). If your doctor allows, take Aspirin 81 mg the day before and day of the flight. Everyone has an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT clots) while flying especially longer flights—legs elevated or not. It is almost impossible to drink enough water while up in the air.

Published on Nov 13, 2018

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

You absolutely should wear your compression hose while traveling any class. Even if you can elevate your legs, you will be prone to increased swelling. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, walk often, and do some foot and calf exercises (look in the back of the airline magazine). If your doctor allows, take Aspirin 81 mg the day before and day of the flight. Everyone has an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT clots) while flying especially longer flights—legs elevated or not. It is almost impossible to drink enough water while up in the air.

Published on Nov 13, 2018


Answered by Vein Specialists

Yes, it is safe to wear knee-high (or thigh-high for that matter) hose during long flights. It is also helpful to elevate the legs higher than the heart (or collarbone). If you can get up and walk for a few minutes every hour that will also help empty the venous blood out of your calf muscles. As far as your lymphedema of one leg, have you had a full venous workup to rule out underlying venous insufficiency as a possible contributing factor?

Published on Nov 09, 2018

Answered by Vein Specialists (View Profile)

Yes, it is safe to wear knee-high (or thigh-high for that matter) hose during long flights. It is also helpful to elevate the legs higher than the heart (or collarbone). If you can get up and walk for a few minutes every hour that will also help empty the venous blood out of your calf muscles. As far as your lymphedema of one leg, have you had a full venous workup to rule out underlying venous insufficiency as a possible contributing factor?

Published on Nov 09, 2018


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