After having certain medical and surgical procedures, patients quite often must use compression garments to aid recovery . Many patients do not realize wearing compression products on a daily basis offers many health and performance benefits.
A compression garment is built to improve the blood circulation to the area of the body that it is worn on. With the increased blood flow to the injured area of the body, the wound heals faster and with fewer complications.
In the case of a post-surgical procedure, compression garments offer additional stability to the injured tissue – holding the area steady so the wound heals with minimal scarring.
Added benefits to wearing compression garments after a medical procedure include:, reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation from the muscles and tissues in the surrounding area, and reduced infections at the site of the open area by reducing the possible contaminants the body comes in contact with.
There are multiple types of compression garments, defined by where they are worn on the body. Everything from support stockings that increase blood flow to the legs to help prevent blood clotting, to abdominal binders – particularly helpful to those that have undergone any kind of procedure to the abdomen or women recovering from pregnancy, specialized undergarments for women who’ve undergone breast augmentation or a mastectomy, nearly any surgical patient can benefit from the use of a compression garment.
For patients who will be confined to a bed for any length of time, support stockings are generally recommend, to keep up the circulation in your legs, and help keep you mobile. One of the common reasons for support stockings for post surgical application is to prevent medical setbacks like stroke or blood clots. Before the widespread use of support hose, often what would happen is a patient would recover only to have a devastating blood clot to the brain or heart causing a sometimes fatal stroke or heart attack. The support hose helps to keep the blood circulation in the legs – which is often where clots tend to form – at the farthest point from the heart.