So I know a lot of you when purchasing supplies often come across compression socks and wonder what those numbers and letters that follow really mean.
Below we break down for you what each range does and how to determine for your procedure which sock/stocking is suitable for you. Most clinics measure and apply your stockings before rolling you into recovery, it is advised that you bring another pair so as to switch out in case one gets soiled.
Anti-Embolism Stockings (TED Hose) - are elasticatedstockings designed to minimize the risk of blood pooling in your legs whilst you are ill and less able to move around than normal. If blood was to pool in your leg it may then form a blood clot.
Medical Compression Stockings - are socks of various length that are designed to gently squeeze legs a bit more than typical socks. The key intention is to promote better blood circulation in the legs.
Anti- Embolism Stockings are usually 8–18mmHg, while medical compression stockings are a medically-measured 15–20mmHg or higher.
8-15 mmHg -Mild Compression:
This is the lightest form of compression, which is great for energizing your legs. These types of socks provide relief from tired and achy legs. They also help control minor swelling by gently enhancing circulation in the legs.
15-20 mmHg - mild compression
The mild compression of 15-20 mmHg socks provides relief from minor to moderate swelling, aching, and varicose veins, especially during pregnancy. They are great for preventing deep vein thrombosis (or economy class syndrome) while traveling, but they’re also good for anyone who stands or sits for long periods of time.
20-30 mmHg - moderate:
The most frequently prescribed level, 20-30 mmHg compression socks offer moderate compression and can be used to treat a variety of mild to moderate conditions. This level can provide relief from varicose veins, edema, deep vein thrombosis, and post-sclerotherapy. This level is also referred to as Class I or firm compression.
30-40 mmHg - firm:
Sometimes referred to as Class II compression, 30-40 mmHg socks are often prescribed to provide relief from severe edema, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis. They’re also prescribed for post-sclerotherapy and to heal active venous stasis ulcers. This level of compression should only be worn under a doctor’s supervision.
40-50 mmHg - very firm:
This is the highest level of compression prescribed by a doctor. This level is typically used to treat chronic venous insufficiency and post-thrombotic syndrome. Your doctor might refer to this level as Class III.
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Let us know in the comments if you found this helpful. * Please note that bolded mmHg are most common for cosmetic surgery.*