What are Compression Stockings?

Dr. Warren has been in private practice doing phlebology since 1999. Phlebology is the branch of medicine that deals with the care of vein disease. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology and is located in Palm Desert between El Paseo and Deep Canyon on the south side of Highway 111. She has performed thousands of minimally invasive vein procedures and has been a trainer of other physicians in all aspects of these procedures.

Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the leg, compressing the limb, exerting pressure against the leg reducing the diameter of the distended veins causing an increase in deep venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness. Compression stockings help decrease venous pressure preventing and helping with venous stagnation, swelling and pain. The main indication would be tired, achy legs, leg swelling from chronic peripheral venous insufficiency or lymphedema, leg ulcers, superficial venous thrombosis or deep venous thrombosis. Possible contraindications are moderate to severe peripheral obstructive arterial disease, congestive heart failure, cellulitis, draining dermatitis and advanced peripheral neuropathy.