Fall is the time to get your legs in shape! Most vein treatments require wearing compression stockings. These are more comfortable in the cooler months. There is usually some bruising that occurs with vein treatments. Starting now will allow plenty of time for this to resolve before the holidays or Spring vacations. Many treatments are covered by insurance. Timing of evaluation and treatment is important regarding coverage, co-pay, deductibles, and anniversary (usually 12/31) when your coverage and costs may change.
Call our office or come in for a free vein screening. We can advise you on treatments, cost, and insurance coverage.
Therapeutic compression stockings are graduated i.e. they provide more compression at the ankle and less at the calf. This encourages venous emptying. They decrease the diameter of varicose veins, preventing pooling of blood in the legs and also may improve valve function. They frequently improve the symptoms of varicose veins such as leg fatigue, pain, and swelling. They may limit the progression of varicose veins, but will not cure them. Therapeutic compression stockings are typically prescribed at 20-30 mmHg or greater. They are available as thigh high, calf open toe, or sleeves. These stockings must be properly fitted to be effective.
Anti-embolism or AE hose are the white stockings patients get in the hospital. They are typically 8-18 mmHg and come in generic sizes. They are designed to maintain venous return in bedridden patients. They are not as effective as medical compression stockings for varicose veins.
Athletic compression stockings are similar to medical compression stockings ranging from 15-20 to 20-30 mmHg. They improve circulation and theoretically help with oxygenation and clearance of lactic acid. Studies have shown reduced soreness and fatigue in athletes.