Whether you’re traveling on a long-haul flight, or sitting and standing all day at work, compression socks not only relieve your tired and swollen feet… they also help you prevent dangerous health conditions associated with prolonged immobility.
When you're admitted to hospital, your risk of DVT will be assessed to decide whether you need compression stockings.
You may need to wear stockings even if you're able to leave hospital on the same day as your operation.
Your risk of developing DVT may be increased if:
- you're having surgery on your hip, knee, legs or abdomen
- you need to have a general anaesthetic for more than 90 minutes
- you're expected to be a lot less mobile after surgery (if you have to stay in bed for some time, you can't walk without help, or spend most of the day in a chair)
Wearing compression stockings is one way of reducing your risk of developing DVT.
Your risk can also be reduced by making sure you drink enough fluids (check with your surgeon how much you should be drinking) and moving around as soon as possible after your operation.