Compression Stockings for Venous and Lymphatic Disorders

September 3, 2020 Dr Zil

Our bodies have two key systems for managing the movement of blood, fluid and range of other materials across our body. They are the Venous system and the Lymphatic system. They are essential for our day to day activity, and keep us healthy and moving. When something happens to these systems it can quickly affect our health and lead to disorders that impact your daily life. While there is a range of treatment options, compression stockings are one of the best options for venous and lymphatic disorders.

Let’s take a look at what happens to these systems, why they’re crucial, and how compression garments can help. Not only to treat these disorders but to reduce the risk of them occurring.

What is the venous system?

The venous system is the network of veins and arteries that carries the oxygenated blood from your heart throughout your body, bringing the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. It’s crucial for the use of virtually every single part of your body and is working all the time.

Diagram of a normal functioning vein with healthy vein valves, a varicose vein with damaged vein valves and then an image of how the varicose vein looks when compressed by wearing medical-grade compression stockings.

What disorders affect the venous system?

The disorders which affect this system often diminish or inhibit the flow of the blood back up to the heart from the legs, causing a range of issues. Some of the more common disorders include:

  • Varicose & Spider Veins
  • Thrombosis
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Blood clotting
  • Phlebitis
  • Ulcers

Treating venous disorders

The severity of these conditions varies depending on the patient and other factors, with treatments including such things as exercise, diet, endovenous laser therapy (EVLA), sclerotherapy or surgery. Regardless of the severity of the case, one thing that is generally recommended by doctors, specialists and other healthcare workers alike, is the use of compression stockings.

Applying medical-grade compression to the legs helps them create a funnel effect, aiding the blood-flow and helping it to reach up to the heart without issue. Compression stockings provide controlled, gradient compression with maximum pressure at the ankles, decreasing gradually up the leg. This stimulates blood circulation to help prevent varicose veins and tired, achy legs. Made with 50% microfibre, the moisture-wicking material is breathable, soft and gentle on your skin.

Both knee-high and thigh-high compression stockings are available at The Vein Institute Shop.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is a network of nodes and vessels that run throughout your body, processing fluid, waste, toxins and other unwanted materials, taking them out of the tissue throughout your body and disposing of them (we can avoid the explicit details of how that waste is disposed of, but you get the idea). This works by the lymph system bringing that waste to the nodes, which are in particular concentration in your groin, armpits and the top of your neck.

Disorders which affect the lymphatic system

There is a range of disorders that impinge upon this system, causing it to struggle or fail completely. This results in some rather unpleasant symptoms like swelling, pain and fluid retention. If left untreated, these disorders can progress to incredibly severe levels. Some of the more common lymphatic disorders include:

  • Lymphedema
  • Lipedema
  • Phlebedema
  • Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Elephantiasis

Treating lymphatic disorders

These conditions are most commonly caused by either genetic factors, or trauma to the lymphatic system (usually surgery, often cancer related). Lymphatic issues can cause a tremendous amount of discomfort and pain, and often can have a severe impact on the quality of life if not managed properly.

While decongestion therapy and lifestyle factors such as weight and exercise will help, the use of compression garments in the management of lymphatic conditions is the most effective way to manage it day to day, to bring you the most comfort.

Compression stockings for venous disorders such as varicose veins

What do I do now?

If you have any venous or lymphatic disorders, or there is a family history of them, then it’s recommended you start using compression garments in the affected area to manage the issue and get on top of it. Doing this alongside treatment by a specialist will give you the best chance of living your life without having to worry about the condition.

Seek expert advice

The doctors at The Vein Institute specialise in varicose vein treatment. We offer patients a comprehensive treatment program to treat varicose veins, with non-surgical laser treatment techniques. The benefits of laser treatment to patients are;

  • Walk-in walk-out treatment
  • 98% success rate
  • Extremely effective
  • Can be performed at a clinic (no hospitalisation)
  • No general anaesthetic
  • Medicare rebates apply
  • No downtime or time away from work

To book a consultation and discuss our treatment program, call  1300 535 017. Or, make an enquiry via the Contact Us page.