Medical compression stockings enable a wide range of therapeutic options for various conditions: They are the basic therapy for conditions of the venous system as well as for lymphoedemas and lipoedemas. They are also used in thrombosis prophylaxis in mobile patients.
In venous disorders, the return flow of blood to the heart is slowed down by stretched veins and pathologically altered venous valves. Medical compression stockings are optimally effective when combined with exercise: The muscles then become tense, the veins between the muscles are compressed, and the venous valves close better. Medical compression stockings support these processes through external pressure. Consequently, the flow direction of the oxygen-deficient blood towards the heart is positively influenced. The blood does not collect in the legs, which also counteracts the formation of blood clots.
Thrombosis prophylaxis with medical compression stockings is a physical measure to prevent blood clots in mobile patients. The aim is to improve the return flow of blood to the heart by applying mechanical pressure to the leg veins.
So-called medical thrombosis prophylaxis stockings (MTPS) are used for patients who are immobile – bedridden, for example, or following major hospital operations.
Wearing medical compression stockings regularly is an essential part of lipoedema therapy. Compression therapy can relieve pain and reduce possible oedema. As with lymphoedemas, flat knit models, which allow for optimum pressure stability thanks to less elastic material, are used here.
Flat knit medical compression stockings are generally used by lymphoedema patients during the maintenance phase of CDT (complex physical decongestive therapy) in order to maintain or further improve the decongestion. Medical compression stockings should therefore always be used in addition to manual lymph drainage (MLD), skin care, and exercise.
When the venous or lymphatic system reaches its limits, medical compression stockings provide support with mechanical pressure from the outside and relieve pressure as part of the overall therapy. They are therefore indispensable in treating venous and lymphological diseases. Venous diseases such as varicose vein disorders or lymphoedemas are chronic, i.e. persistent, and have symptoms that can progress further if insufficient treatment is given:
A varicose vein disorder can develop into a leg ulcer (Ulcus cruris venosum).
Without subsequent compression after manual lymph drainage, lymph fluid can once again build up in the tissue. The therapy will not succeed and the condition can progress further.
For the best therapy success, please wear and wash your medical compression stockings daily. Patients withvenous ailments and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) wear their medical compression stockings from morning to the evening for their entire lives. This also applies to patients with lymphoedema andlipoedema
Compression therapy should also be initiated for acute symptoms, such as venous inflammation, or after venous surgery (varicose vein removal, varicose vein sclerotherapy). The duration of therapy is determined by your attending doctor.
Please remove your medical compression stockings when you go to sleep. Your venous and lymphatic system does not work against gravity when you lie down. This facilitates the drainage of blood and lymph. In addition, skin regenerates overnight – you can support this process with the skincare product medi night
Exceptions: After surgery in the hospital, thrombosis prophylaxis with medical thrombosis prophylaxis stockings must not be interrupted even overnight. During bed rest and while the calf muscle pump is not active, the risk is too great: A blot clot may form and can result in a lung embolism.