Compression stockings are a non-surgical treatment option of venous disease. These stockings are classed according to the amount of pressure they deliver to the leg. These stockings are graded, that is, the pressure at the ankle is greater than the pressure at the knee.
To determine the correct class of pressure for each patient, an assessment needs to be carried out to categorise the symptoms. Compression stockings help the symptoms of venous disease for the time they are worn. Once they are off they are not treating the symptoms. Surgery has shown superiority over compression in uncomplicated varicose veins with better symptom relief, improved quality of life and in cost-effectiveness. Surgery is also advantageous in ulcer recurrence prevention.