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Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Started by Sally G.
Posted: December 20, 2011 at 02:12
I am currently wearing knee length compression stockings after a DVT in calf and thigh 3 1/2 weeks ago. My doctor said I could wear knee length stockings becuse the swelling is in my calf. I dont mind the stockings but I am wondering if I should be wearing thigh highs instead. My thigh in the affected leg is 1" bigger than the other one. Will the swelling go down even if I don't wear thigh highs. Has anyone been told specifically to wear thigh highs and if so what was the doctors reason? What compression are most people wearing? Also, anyone know where to find them cheaper, my insurance doesn't cover them at al.
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Re: Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Reply #1 by Adam
Posted: December 20, 2011 at 04:12
I think it all depends on you...I was told to wear knee length stockings by one of my doctors and then I was told to wear thigh length or waist high by another. I had a multiple clots running from the top of my calf to mid thigh. I have some swelling between those areas now and its been about a year and a half since the DVT.

But anyway, I asked my hematologist if there was a difference on whether I should be wearing knee high vs thigh/waist high and he said not really, just as long as your wearing them correctly. He did suggest that by wearing the higher stockings they would decrease some of the swelling in the thigh.

As of right now, I only wear thigh high and waist high stockings. I find that they stay up more than the knee highs (especially the waist high / pantyhose stockings). Since I live in the US-I wear 20-30mmgh / 30-40mmgh compression weight.

And my insurance doesn't cover them at all either. I did try and get fitted for stockings recommended by my doctor but they were so damn expensive that I had to stop buying them that way.

So now, I currently shop online for the cheapest stockings. What is really tricky is getting the sizes right. As advice, I would stick to only a couple of brands first when you find a stocking that fits perfectly. It will take some trial and error the first couple of times...it was for me, probably because I am a guy.

I am currently wearing the TruForm brand, and it is the Full-Figure style pantyhose in 20-30mmgh compression.

I also wear their thigh highs, soft-beaded bands.-AND I wear Therafirm's Unisex Pantyhose, and Jobst Relief Thigh Highs and Pantyhose styles.

Truform: http://www.compressionsupportstore.com/stockings/home.php

Therafirm: http://www.ameswalker.com/

Jobst: http://www.footsmart.com/

and I use Amazon and Ebay for even more cheaper prices.
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Re: Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Reply #2 by Sally G.
Posted: December 22, 2011 at 04:39
Thanks for all the info. I think I may try the thigh/waist high because I feel like my
thigh swelling is not subsiding. Every doctor I have seen has said something
different so I guess I'll have to do some trial and error.
I was fitted by a compression specialist and bought one pair of knee highs so
now I know my size (in Sigvaris brand). I plan on searching the web for lower
priced thigh highs.
Have you tried 30-40 in thigh/waist high? My knee highs are that level and are so
tight I can't imagine being able to put on the long ones.
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Reply #3 by Mandie
Posted: December 22, 2011 at 14:18
Hi Sally,

My doctor recommended that I wear thigh-high because I had 2 clots. One was in the calf, and one was just above the knee. I wear the Juzo. I've tried Jobst, and I didn't like them as well as Juzo basic thigh-high. They have the beaded top and stay up very well, the fabric is comfortable (I'm 20-30) and my legs feel so much better with them on. I got my first pair at a fitter for $67, but I went to a website and got them for $38. The website is foryourlegs.com and they will price match too.
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Reply #4 by John S.
Posted: December 24, 2011 at 18:06
Knee high, thigh high. I've done a ton of research and asked a bunch of questions of vascular folks. If you are specifically told to wear thigh high, wear them. If you were told to wear knee high, choose either. I bought special glue to keep them up. It works great!! It's a roll on made by jobst and lasts a long time. Now I don't have to drop my pants to pull the damn thing up:)
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Re: Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Reply #5 by John S.
Posted: December 24, 2011 at 18:07
Knee high, thigh high. I've done a ton of research and asked a bunch of questions of vascular folks. If you are specifically told to wear thigh high, wear them. If you were told to wear knee high, choose either. I bought special glue to keep them up. It works great!! It's a roll on made by jobst and lasts a long time. Now I don't have to drop my pants to pull the damn thing up:)
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Re: Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Reply #6 by MICHELLE
Posted: December 27, 2011
well HI! OK my clot was ankle to groin and I was still told just to wear the knee high because the goal was to get the blood pumping back up and not just hanging around the ankle/foot/calf area. Also I read something about the "pump" being in the heel/foot so that's what needs to be compressed, I don't know. Anyhow, I also have a pair of the full pantyhose, but they aren't very tight anywhere but in the lower leg anyway. I wear 20-30 I think it is. I bought a pair of 30-40 but they hurt like hell and I had to take them off. Even the 20-30 I need to remove sometimes by lunch time because my leg swells and they get too tight and I'm crying in pain. I literally have a bruise that surrounds the entire ankle area of my left leg from where they dig into me. I work at a hospital and am on my feet all day, not ideal for the swelling....... I really haven't found the compression stockings to be that effective, but I was told to wear them so I am.
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Re: Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Reply #7 by Patricia
Posted: March 6, 2012 at 06:24
If your doctor recommended knee highs then I'm sure there was a reason, but I would ask him/her about wearing thigh high socks to reduce the swelling. There are several medical supplies stores online where you can buy them from.

Medical Supplies : http://www.meridianhealthstore.com/
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Re: Compression: Knee vs. Thigh
Reply #8 by Michael
Posted: March 18, 2014 at 11:37
Hi
I do not have DVT or any blood clots. I do however have edema in my knee and thigh
following knee replacement surgeries, 2 in the past couple of years. I have CVI in my
calf ankle area. Initially I only had to wear knee highs for about 8 months. When I
had my one year post op my doctor said I had a lot of swelling in my knee and
thigh.So he rrequired me to wear full leg compression. I now have purchased in the
past 3 months 6 pairs of compression pantyhose and a pair of thigh high stockings.
The bands only worked for a couple of weeks however before sliding down. So for
now its mostly Medi Sheer and Soft Pantyhose or Medi Comfort Pantyhose which
are more opaque. They do hold up well and help the legs feel better. Also have
Sigvalis soft opaque. I am thinking of buying thigh highs again only this time also
purchasing a garter belt to help them stayup better.
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