TED SOCKS not Effective Compression

TED socks are those white compression socks that patients know from the hospital..
At Morrison Vein, we are asked frequently if they can be used after vein therapies? Our answer is always no, because they are only light, stiff, inelastic compression and designed for bedrest after surgeries. Their main purpose has been to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in a bedridden patient.
They are not effective to combat our standing hypertensive pressures in our legs after vein procedures to minimize inflammation and aide healing.
In a recent article, “Clinical thromboembolic deterrent
stockings application: Are thromboembolic deterrent stockings
in practice matching manufacturer’s application guidelines?”
The answer is no.
They do not come in enough sizes to fit a variety of legs, staff usually aren’t trained to properly measure, nor readjust frequently to keep them from rolling down and causing a negative tourniquet effect.
“Most TED stockings do not produce a standardised Siegel profile pressure gradient decrease from ankle to calf. This may be due in part to fluid changes after surgery in combination with the large variation in size of lower limbs.” They are not effective to combat our standing hypertensive pressures in our legs after vein procedures to minimize inflammation and aide healing.
Reference: Phlebology; 2015, Vol. 30(3) 200–203 phl.sagepub.com
In short, it is better to use graduated medical compression stockings that are properly fitted.  Pressure measuring devices train health professionals to apply proper compression. Come learn from the experts.
www.morrisonvein.com
www.allaboutcompression.com

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