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Compression Levels and Indications

Compression Levels and Indications

Compression Level1 Indications
10 - 20 mmHg
  • Heaviness and fatigue of the leg
  • Mild varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Mild varicose veins without significant oedema
  • Prophylaxis of thrombosis and embolism for immobile patients
  • Prophylaxis during travel (Economy Class Syndrome)
20 - 30 mmHg
  • More severe varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Varicose veins with mild oedema
  • Post superficial and deep venous thrombosis
  • Post sclerotherapy, venous surgery or thermal ablation
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Management of healed venous ulcer
  • Prevention of DVT and oedema
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS)
  • Prevention of PTS
  • Post-traumatic oedema
  • Lymphoedema
  • Lipoedema
30 - 40 mmHg
  • Pronounced varicosis with severe oedema
  • Severe chronic venous insufficiency
  • Treatment of active ulcers and recurrent ulcers
  • Severe post-traumatic oedema
  • Lymphoedema
>40 mmHg
  • Severe post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Severe lymphoedema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Compression levels proposed are just indicative and may be changed as to the judgement of the therapist. National regulations may define distinct compression ranges for given compression classes.
2 In the US, 30-40 mmHg may be used for post-procedure of a venous surgery or thermal ablation.

Compression Level1 Indications
10 - 20 mmHg
  • Heaviness and fatigue of the leg
  • Mild varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Mild varicose veins without significant oedema
  • Prophylaxis of thrombosis and embolism for immobile patients
  • Prophylaxis during travel (Economy Class Syndrome)
20 - 30 mmHg
  • More severe varicose veins during pregnancy
  • Varicose veins with mild oedema
  • Post superficial and deep venous thrombosis
  • Post sclerotherapy, venous surgery or thermal ablation
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Management of healed venous ulcer
  • Prevention of DVT and oedema
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS)
  • Prevention of PTS
  • Post-traumatic oedema
30 - 40 mmHg2
  • Pronounced varicosis with severe oedema
  • Severe chronic venous insufficiency
  • Treatment of active ulcers and recurrent ulcers
  • Severe post-traumatic oedema
  • Lymphoedema
>40 mmHg
  • Severe post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Severe lymphoedema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Compression levels proposed are just indicative and may be changed as to the judjement of the therapist. National regulations may define distinct compression ranges for given compression classes.
2 In the US, 30-40 mmHg may be used for post-procedure of a venous surgery or thermal ablation.