Compression Center – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is all compression wear the same?

A: Compression wear has varying degrees of quality. At American Vein & Vascular Institute our hand selected compression wear is of the highest production quality. Our compression wear has significantly more durability and greater tested compression rates than many of the bargain brands.

Q: What is compression strength?

A: Compression strength is the tested and rated compression pressure pushing against the legs or arms. Medical grade compression begins at 20mmHg (millimeters of mercury). Athletic or fashion compression is typically lower than the appropriate rate of medical compression considered beneficial, and is not recommended for patients who have a diagnosed venous condition. Be sure that the compression wear you buy has documented compression ratings prior to purchasing.

Q: Where can I purchase compression wear?

A: Compression socks and stockings are sold at all American Vein & Vascular Institute locations. No appointment is necessary; simply visit one of our locations and our friendly staff will assist you with personalized measuring, fitting and ordering your compression wear.

Q: Is compression wear covered by insurance?

A: Insurance companies can offer limited coverage on the purchase of Durable Medical Equipment, which includes compression stockings. However, it is specific to your particular plan whether any coverage may exist and to what level it may be covered. Alternatively a health savings account (HSA) or flex spending account (FSA) is a great way to use medical benefits while purchasing compression wear. While American Vein & Vascular Institute can accept payment by HSA/FSA plans, at this time we are not able to bill insurance directly for compression wear purchases.

Q: Is compression wear a cure for vein disease?

A: Compression wear does not cure vein disease, but it can assist in managing the symptoms. Many patients report having more energized legs, less swelling, and less leg fatigue at the end of the day after wearing compression socks or stockings.

Q: What are other benefits of compression wear beyond treating vein disease?

A: Compression improves blood circulation in the legs, which can be beneficial to those who spend prolonged periods of time standing, sitting, traveling on airplanes or in vehicles, or anyone who experiences heavy, achy or restless legs. Athletes also benefit from the daily use of compression to enhance blood flow as well as reduce lactic acid buildup following any workouts, runs, or rides.

Q: Can women who are pregnant benefit from compression wear?

A: During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases, which places greater pressure on the veins. Many women develop venous insufficiency as a result of the increased blood volume, which can lead to swollen, achy legs during the later stages of pregnancy and after delivery. Compression can help remedy these issues but should be used under the guidance of your OB/GYN or another qualified medical provider.