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How do compression stockings work ? What is the role of the Venefit Procedure (previously called VNUS Cllosure) ?
Sunday, November 25, 2012

 

Compression stockings or compression therapy are often a first line of defense in treating venous conditions. They are commonly required by insurers prior to approval for vein procedures, including VNUS Closure® (new name Venefit Procedure) or EVLT®. Although compression stockings may alleviate  symptoms of venous disease, they do not get rid of varicose veins or directly treat venous reflux disease.

 

Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg.  The degree of compression is highest at the ankle (most squeeze) and gradually decreases as one goes up to the thigh and waist. This compression, is generally expressed in mmHg (millimeters of mercury).

 

Compression is believed to increase the pressure in the tissues beneath the skin thus reducing excess leakage of fluid from the capillaries and increasing absorption of tissue fluid by the capillaries and lymphatic vessels. Compression stockings therefore reduce swelling and also prevent leg swelling.

 

Medical grade compression also limits the size (diameter) of superficial veins beneath the skin.  The stocking does not allow these superficial veins to engorge with blood. This action helps prevent "pooling" of venous blood in the superficial veins. The venous blood is able to circulate more efficiently in the lower extremities.

 

**The VNUS Closure Procedure is now called the Venefit Procedure. Same procedure, different name.

 

Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 716-839-3638 or www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com 

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 310-998-5535 or www.SantaMonicaVeinCenter.com 

 

Drs. Raffy and Hratch Karamanoukian have authored 6 books about venous disease. The books are available on Amazon Kindle and Nook books for download.

 

 

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