Compression Stockings for Vein Treatment

Better leg health is promoted through comprehensive evaluation and consultation with a trained physician. SVC-Compression-StockingCompression stockings are frequently recommended as a course of treatment for venous diseases and varicose veins. These stockings provide graduated compression that encourages blood flow from the feet back up to the heart. Stockings may be prescribed alone or in conjunction with other vein treatments to enhance results.

How do they Work?

Compression stockings offer 100% compression at the feet and gradually decrease compression as they move up the legs. The compression occurs in the superficial veins of the legs, which are the veins closest to the surface of the skin. By compressing those veins, blood is forced into the deeper veins, which minimizes painful symptoms while encouraging healthy blood flow. Compression stockings come in a wide range of sizes, styles and colors. Stockings may extend to the knee or move all the way up the thigh. The strength of the stocking will also vary, based on the precise type of compression the patient needs. Dr. Frasca will prescribe the best compression stockings, based on the patient’s condition, severity of symptoms and body size.

Options in Strength

The strength of a compression stocking is measured in millimeters of mercury. Stockings typically come in the following strengths:
  • Light Compression (20-30 mmHg) – This compression strength is commonly used in the treatment of spider veins and smaller varicose veins.
  • Tight Compression (30-40 mmHg) – The higher strength may be prescribed for patients suffering from more severe types of venous insufficiency, including skin changes and the appearance of open sores on the lower leg (venous ulcers).

How to Use Compression Stockings

In order to be effective, compression stockings must be put on first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed. They should be worn all day and removed at bedtime. Compression stockings can be difficult to put on, so some stores that sell the stockings also offer rubber gloves to make this process easier. Dr. Frasca and his staff will also provide instruction on the easiest way to put on compression stockings each morning. Compression stockings may be worn for a few days, weeks or many years. The length of time for using the stockings will depend on the reason they are prescribed and the type of venous condition they are treating. Compression stockings are usually worn after any other vein treatment, such as sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy or endovenous ablation. Compression stockings are a non-invasive, effective way to address many different vein conditions. For more information about these medical-grade stockings, contact Dr. Frasca and his staff at Specialty Vein Care.

Vein conditions affect more than 30 million people in the United States today. Conditions range from spider veins that are little more than a cosmetic concern, to large, bulging varicose veins and skin sores caused by severe venous insufficiency. Affecting both men and women, successful treatment of vein conditions depends on an accurate diagnosis of the problem and recommendation for the best treatment option. At Specialty Vein Care, we offer the latest diagnostic tools to make a thorough evaluation of your vein condition, as well as a variety of treatment options that are customized for each patient’s specific needs.

Treating vein conditions is a complex process that requires accurate diagnosis of the condition and a variety of options that are customized to each individual patient. At Specialty Vein Care, we provide a wide range of treatment options, including sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation and microphlebectomy. Our team works with each patient to offer a comfortable setting and the latest technology in vein treatment to produce the best possible results.

Treatment for vein conditions can cause anxiety and uncertainty for some patients. At Specialty Vein Care, we understand that patients are not always comfortable with the idea of seeking treatment for vein disease and varicose veins. We strive to make the process as easy as possible for the patient, with education about our various procedures, online forms for easy registration, and information about insurance plans and coverage. Each patient that comes to Specialty Vein Care receives the highest quality of care in a comfortable office setting.