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Study Suggest Benefit of Compression Stockings to PTS Sufferers

It’s been widely accepted that compression stockings are effective in the treatment and prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), with thousands of us wearing them during long haul flights. But a recent study has shown that they can also help with a common and long-term complication of DVT called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS).

PTS sufferers will usually develop symptoms within the first year after a DVT diagnosis and these will include skin changes, pain, vein dilation and venous ulcers which lead to costly medical intervention. It can also lead to significant morbidity and will often result in an impaired quality of life.

In the study, participants that had been diagnosed with DVT were asked to wear compression stockings for 12 months. After 12 months, half of the participants were asked to remove the compression stockings and half asked to continue to wear them. In the group that stopped wearing them, 19.9% of participants went on to develop PTS but in the group that continued to wear them, this figure was only 13%.

The authors of the study concluded that there was an additional benefit to wearing compression stockings for a second year after diagnosis of DVT as this led to a reduced risk of developing PTS.

More information on this study can be found here, and you can view our range of compression stockings on the website.