Compression Stockings for Varicose Veins

These are tight stockings that you wear during the day. They work by squeezing the blood back up to the heart. They come in different sizes and lengths. The below knee Grade 2 (Class B) stocking is recommended for relief from varicose veins and ulcers. You will need to be assessed by your surgeon that your circulation is adequate before fitting stockings. They need to be fitted correctly and cost approximately NZ$70 to NZ$150 per pair.

Stockings have been shown to be as effective as any other treatment for varicose veins and ulcers long term. So long as your arterial circulation is adequate they provide the safest option. Some patients find them difficult to put on and remove and they need replacing every 3 to 6 months. They can become uncomfortable in the hotter months of the year and if your lifestyle or work involves outdoor activities.

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