How Long Do You Have To Wear Compression Socks After Surgery?

Post-surgical recovery means plenty of rest, but spending days with your feet up can have unfortunate medical consequences. Without the free flow of blood from your heart to your legs provided by walking and standing, you’re at risk for developing blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Compression socks can help reduce the risk of DVT, but compression strength and prescribed length of time will vary from patient to patient. If your doctor has recommended compression socks for your post-surgical recovery, here are some general guidelines and factors that may affect how long you’ll have to wear them:

DVT risk level

The higher your DVT risk level, the longer you’ll have to wear compression socks. Your doctor will assess your DVT risk when you’re admitted for surgery, and some patients will need compression socks even if the surgery is an outpatient procedure. As a general guideline, the risk of developing DVT increases if your mobility will be restricted for three or more days after surgery, if the surgical procedure takes longer than 90 minutes, or if the surgery is on your pelvis or legs and lasts more than an hour.

Surgical types

The length of time you’ll have to wear compression socks will depend on the type of surgery you have. If you are prescribed compression socks following a vein procedure, you’ll probably need to wear them for around one to two weeks. But you have abdominal or orthopedic surgery, you’ll need to wear compression socks until you are ambulatory and your mobility is restored.

Medical objective

If you wear compression socks for general circulation benefits, you will only need to wear them during the day. But if you need compression socks for post-surgical recovery, it’s recommended that you wear them at night as well to maintain healthy blood flow and prevent clots. Another way to reduce your risk of DVT is to drink plenty of fluids and move around as soon as you are able to.

Compression socks at affordable prices

If your doctor has prescribed compression socks for your post-surgical recovery, it’s a good idea to purchase at least two pairs so you can wear one pair while the other pair is washed and air-dried. And to keep them lasting as long as possible, it’s best to roll the sock up your leg rather than pull, as the elastic material can rip or stretch out of shape if handled improperly.

Avondale HME offers a wide selection of affordable compression socks in a variety of sizes and compression strengths to help with your recovery process. Our experienced customer service representatives can answer all your questions about compression socks, or any other questions you may have about the different types of post-surgery medical equipment we offer. Give us a call today.