Compression stocking

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I was given compression stockings after my very recent tkr but only for use on my unoperated leg. Is this normal or should I be wearing them on both? My operated leg is still pretty swollen. How long are they normally worn for?

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    I had tkr in April and I was advised had to wear compression stockings on both legs for 6 weeks only taking them for hour a day.

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      It just seems so odd that I was given one to wear for the good leg but not the other, perhaps because it was so swollen and bruised. I needed 5 units of blood. I do have the other half of the pair so perhaps I will see if I can get it on. I am on Riveroxaban.

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      i had both knees replaced in July and was told to wear them on both. my understanding is the less you move; the more you wear them...ie: wear them at night when you are still. i wore them for 2 weeks. seemed to help my knees feel "sturdier". I then only wore them at night since i was trying to keep moving during the day. i got compression tights. still not comfortable by they didn't roll down while walking. Good luck

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      i think i would check w the surgeon first.

      just say, you have heard from others. surgeon may have his/ her own rationale.

      best of luck

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      Yes that does seem odd. Is you operated knee very swollen my was and very bruised, but my surgeon was very clear I needed to wear them. The nurses helped put them on whilst in hospital, once home my husband helped me until the swelling had reduced somewhat, then I managed self. They are very uncomfortable but better to wear them then get a clot. Hope you are feeling better. This is a long road good luck. X

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    I never wore those; wasn't told to ??

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    Yes I had them couldn't wear them at night.

    far too uncomfortable they seemed to be doing more harm then good and we're cutting into my leg

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    Thank you for all your replies, there seems to be quite a difference between people. I tried to get one on my operated leg yesterday but I wish I hadn't as it is still too swollen. I shall continue with the one leg until I am fully mobile.

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    Suggest you check with your surgeon. I was told to wear compression stocking on my un-operated leg only for 28 days after my first TKR two years ago. Am currently five weeks post-op on the other knee and no stocking at all. Each person, leg and knee is different. Protocols differ and recommendations change. This is my U.K. NHS experience.

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      That's interesting. I am also in the UK under the NHS. I have been told to wear it on the unoperated knee for 6 weeks. I am also taking 15mg Rivaroxaban which I am on for life because of a former saddle embolism. They are fully aware of my risk factors so I think it must be the protocol. My operated leg was badly bruised from top to bottom. Four weeks on a lot of it has dispersed. I am behind with my exercises because of other health factors not helped by catching Norovirus which is in the hospital. At the moment I can just manage 45 degrees. Now I am feeling better I shall work hard to catch up.

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      Hi, glad that you are feeling better, it sounds as though you have had a tough time. Do your exercises, but remember to be kind to yourself too😊. It will take as long as it takes to recover, but should be great when you get there. Good luck.

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