Editor-in-Chief Ufuk Demirkılıç Frequency Quarterly Abbreviation Damar Cer Derg Publisher Turkish National Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society ISSN 1301 - 1839 E-ISSN 2149 - 1259

Turkish Journal of Vascular Surgery 2015 , Vol 24 , Issue 1
Compression Stockings and the Factors That Affect Their Use in Lower Extremity Venous Insufficiency Treatment
SeyhanYILMAZ1, Songül YAYLACI2, Adem İlkay DİKEN1, Adnan YALÇINKAYA1, Eray AKSOY1
1Kalp Damar Cerrahisi AD, Hitit Üniversitesi Çorum Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Çorum
2Yoğun Bakım Hemşireliği AD, Hitit Üniversitesi Çorum Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Çorum
DOI : 10.9739/uvcd.2015-43486 Objective: Chronic venous insufficiency is a clinical problem that has been known for more than 2000 years. Venous stasis and venous hypertension develop as a result of ineffective lower extremity venous system. Compression stockings that can be used at every stage of the disease in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency is applied for the treatment of stasis, the second point of Virchows triad, and they are effective in the treatment and prophylaxis of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine the indications of compression stocking use, and the difficulties experienced by patients during their use in our region. Material and Methods: In our study, patients who were offered to use compression stockings for lower extremity chronic venous insufficiency were evaluated with a questionnaire for their com-plaints, physical examination and medical history prospectively. Results: A total of 200 patients enrolled were in this study (68% females and 32% males) with a mean age of 43.8±10.8 years for men, and 42.4±10.2 years for women. The mean time for use of compression stockings was 23.8 months (range: 1 month-10 years). Most patients complained of wearing difficulty and tightness of the stockings. Conclusion: Our study provides important data in terms of use of elastic compression stockings for chronic venous insufficiency, and frequency of their use in Çorum province. Physicians who recommend compression stocking therapy for treatment of chronic venous insufficiency must take those data into consideration. Keywords : Venous insufficiency; varicose veins; compression stocking