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TED Stockings & Healthcare

In the US the rate of deaths due to Venous Thromboembolism is estimated to be up to 100,000 per year, 5 times that of road traffic accidents, breast cancer and HIV combined. It is thought that nearly 900,000 people are affected by DVT/PE every year (Centre for Disease Control – CDC) – and 30% of these people will have a recurrence within 10 years.


(Deep Vein Thrombosis – DVT)

(Pulmonary Embolus – PE)

(DVT+PE = Venous Thromboembolus)

At Compression Advisory we know that compression can play a vital part in helping reduce this burden. One specific area is the correct use of compression after surgical procedures – where the risk of DVT/PE is significantly elevated. Well-fitting, correctly graduated compression socks that are comfortable to wear and easier for patients to put on, not only reduce the risk but increase compliance because patients actually wear them for the recommend period post-op.

TED stockings (thrombo-embolic-devices) or anti-embolism stockings are usually recommended for wear for a minimum of six weeks post op. Due to budget constraints, we are often referred patients whose sizing needs cannot be met by what is in stock on the day at their clinic. We hear all too often from patients whose ill-fitting compression is causing them pain and discomfort. Rest assured that correctly fitting compression is very comfortable to wear and will reduce swelling, speed healing and dramatically reduce your risk of developing a DVT post surgery.

Unfortunately the risk of developing a DVT is also increased in the weeks after major surgery and your surgeon should explain ways in which to reduce the chances of this occurring. One method is to wear well-fitted, medical grade Class 1 graduated compression socks, such as the VR Compression range designed by Compression Advisory.

Additionally medical grade compression can be use as supportive therapy for a number of conditions such as varicose veins, lymphoedema or any lower limb soft tissue injury/swelling.

We work with a number of hospitals, a range of doctors from various specialities, and all types of allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, podiatrist, chiropractors and soft tissue specialists. We help and advise all these groups on the correct use of compression for their patients.

Post-op and post injury travel are high risk areas where it is essential that a patient is fitted out with compression socks to get the patient in the best condition for their journey as well as to use as flight socks during travel.

“Compression Advisory take the time to fit our patients out with quality compression and give comprehensive advice. We are reassured that our patients will actually wear the socks post-op which improves their recovery.”

Elizabeth Edlin
Beyondhealth Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Wellness Group

If you are an individual customer, looking for Healthcare advice, please give us a call on 0207 326 0900 or consult our Buyer’s Guide for Vital Active.


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