The use of compression is an essential component of any successful form of varicose vein treatment. Compression stockings can be useful as the only method of treatment for varicose veins when other forms of treatment are contraindicated eg during pregnancy. However in the long term most people find compression stockings hot and cumbersome.
Most patients treated at the clinic will need to wear compression stockings for a short duration after treatment. The stockings help to prevent blood from re-entering treated veins, reducing side effects, and making the treatment more effective. For the treatment of small numbers of very fine veins, compression stockings may not be required. This decision is usually made when consulting for an initial assessment of leg veins.
Lighter grade knee length compression stockings are effective in preventing Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in persons undertaking long distance travel, and Dr McMaster is happy to advise on the appropriate stockings for this indication