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Graduated Compression Hose FAQs



Will insurance usually cover compression hosiery?


Many insurance plans don't cover compression hosiery but you should check to see if yours will reimburse you for the expense.


Why do I have to wear compression hose?

Why can't I just have the procedure right away?


You can have the procedure right away if you are properly diagnosed and willing to pay for it out of pocket. However, if  you want your insurance provider to cover all or part of the cost, most of them require a period of conservative care (8-12 weeks) with the use of compression hose. If the conservative care options prove not to work for you, then they typically will cover some or all of the procedure cost depending upon the coverage of your provider.



Why do I need a prescription for compression hose when I can buy them online?


It is true that you can buy compression hose online. But here are 2 points to consider.


1) Not all compression hose are created equally. Some hose are not "graduated" compression hose. Graduated compression hose have the greatest compression at the ankle and the compression decreases as the hose fits up your leg. Without the graduated compression the hose will be tight at the top. This can work as a tourniquet, cutting off your leg blood flow, and exacerbate your condition.



2) When Dr. Sellers prescribes compression hose, he also has his patient properly measured for an accurate fit. Patients need to be measured and fitted to get the correct size and fit for proper comfort and compression benefits. When people purchase compression hose without proper measurements, they often fit incorrectly, are terribly uncomfortable, and patients end up not wearing them. Or worse, they wear an ill fitting pair and make their condition worse.


How do compression hose work?


As a person walks, the contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins aid the blood in moving toward the heart. The external graduated compression of SIGVARIS sock and stocking acts as a layer of muscle by gently squeezing the stretched vein walls together, allowing the valves to close. The cavity of the vein is reduced, thereby restoring blood flow to a normal state and aiding overall circulation.



How often should I wear my hose?


The socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed. Wear them as close as you can to this schedule, but you don't have to be a slave to compression hose. Once you've worn them for several weeks, you'll begin to learn what works best for you.


How long do compression stockings last?


They should last between four and six months, depending on the type of fabric (sheer stocking fabrics are not as durable as opaque), and if they are cared for properly.



Does compression hosiery still have that "clinical look," or do I now have more stylish options?


Compression hosiery has come a long way since the days when support stockings all looked clinical. You can now select fashionable sheer or very sheer hose in an array of attractive colors while still benefiting from compression levels ranging from the lower end (8-15mmHg) to the higher levels of compression (30-40mmHg). Men's socks are now woven using techniques that make them indistinguishable from regular ribbed dress socks. Women's trouser socks look like regular socks as well. Because of the advanced weaving technology now employed, most non-surgical types of compression hose do not have a clinical or medical appearance. You can look very fashionable in your graduated compression hose or socks!