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How long do you have to wear those TED stockings?

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,374
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery


I had my pre-op appointment yesterday and was told that I would have to wear the TED stockings after I left hospital, once I am home until I become completely mobile.
How long is that likely to be?
I find that my legs get hot, restless and twitchy anyway, especially in bed, so worry that these stockings will make things worse. Perhaps it won't be a problem at all.

I will also have some sort of bootees while in hospital that will squeeze my feet and legs to keep the blood moving. Can anyone give me more info about these.

This is all yet another area that I know nothing about, so it is hard to imagine how it will be. Probably will be fine, but hearing from you guys will help, as usual.
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  • TED stockings are worn until you are up and about more than reclining and "lying around." Once you are walking more and keeping the blood circulating, you will not need them any more. I have a feeling you will have other things making you uncomfortable...possibly to the point that you won't give the stockings another thought!! At least that will probably be the case with the booties in the hospital. I only noticed them when they had to be unhooked when it was time to get out of bed and walk.

    Trust me...this will be a non-issue!
  • I had both, several time now.
    Honestly the compression stockings did not bother me at all and I left them on till I was indeed up and mobile.
    The compression boots, cycle, every so many minutes they gently squeeze your legs to help induce circulation and prevent blood clots and nasty other stuff from going on. Sometimes the pump would wake me at night, but I never sleep worth anything in a hospital anyway...

  • Gwennie, your post made me laugh! I should get things in perspective - I will have more to worry about than my leg atire! Point taken.

    Thanks for the PM, which I'll answer soon, hopefully this evening.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,794
    But I second, Gweenies post!
    Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!

  • I bet your red pumps looked lovely with those stockings!!
  • I never minded either the socks or hospital booties. I wore the socks so long they turned a kind of tingy brown in the feet...but I really didn't want to get a blood clot and was willing to do anything to prevent it. They said these were good for me, so I wore them.

  • Can you get shoes on over the top of the TED stockings? And do you wear them when you go outside walking?
  • I was told when I left the hospital that as long as I was up and walking for about 4-5 minutes out of every 1-2 hours I would be ok to leave my stockings off. The stockings aren't that thick - kind of like white opaque tights. Definitely thinner than most socks.

    Like Gwennie said once you've had the surgery you have other things on your mind. The booties only bothered me when my machine went wrong and started being a bit erratic with the pumping.
  • I had to wear them until my 2 week checkup-my leg was still a bit swollen,so I had an ultrasound.I had to wear them until the dr. called to tell me all was ok.I had a mini-meltdown about these-especially wearing them at night.They are important,though, so heed what the dr. tells you
  • The TED hose are ultra tight (tighter than pantyhose) so yes it's easy to get shoes on when wearing them. It's very hard to get the on if you take them off.

    I had my L3-S1 fusion on 2/3. By 2/5 the pressure leg cuffs were off and I was in knee high hose. They said as long as I got up many times a day I could go without the leg cuffs and keep the knee high TED hose. I hated the hose so much I called the nurses aid every 2 hours to get me up to walk around the room, and when my hubby was there to walk out the hall, etc. By day 4 post-op they discontinued the hose and the leg pressure cuffs as long as I showed continual frequent activity (the pressure cuffs for the legs were actually kind of relaxing for me as they are like a massage)I was released home on day 7 and luckily didn't have to wear them at home.
    Multiple ACDFs, Multiple Lumbar Fusions; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty
  • You make me laugh, too. :) You will not win any best-dressed awards while wearing the stockings...but they look just like white support-hose --Just pretend you are doing your London in the 60s, Twiggy fashions for Spring!!

    The stockings are thin but made of a super-strong compression material. (unless they are different in the UK??) I suppose if wearing pantyhose or tights really bugs you, as it does my daughter, you will find them bothersome...but, otherwise, they are really not a problem. And yes, most people wear them for a week or two, while up walking, while sleeping, all the time except showering.
  • I had the cuffs on in the hospital for the first 2 days. At first they were cool because they massaged my legs, but I was glad to get them off because my legs would itch where the cuffs were. They took me off the cuffs after 2 days because I was getting up frequently and moving around. As for the stockings, I wore them out of the hospital because they were on my feet, but wasn't required to wear them at home. I put on some comfy slippers with good soles and pressed on. The stockings went in to the garbage.

    Take care,

    Jeff
  • The hospital leg compressor booties are actually quite soothing! I had 2 different kinds and I liked one better than the other I admit but the nurses and assistants laughed b/c I guess you either love 'em or hate 'em. I loved them....I wanted to take them home with me the first time. The 2nd time (probably b/c I didn't take pain meds because i was naseous) they were nice but not as nice as the first time.

    I wish I had a pair now...it's like foot massage for your legs.

    They use them b/c they don't want you to get a blood clot which can happen for people who aren't that mobile. The socks make a fashion statement! They hide imperfections in your legs too!
  • When I came round in recovery with the pressure bootie things on I asked them why they were trying to take my blood pressure in my legs! lol. The first night, out of my head on anaesthetic and a bit of morphine I liked them but the second night the noise and the fact that they were in the way did my head in! They were soothing on that first night but the pump makes loads of noise.
    The TED stockings I had to wear for 6 weeks! I hated them. Not least because it meant that my husband had to be around if I wanted a shower etc because I couldn't put them back on myself. No BLT!! They are really not designed for post back surgery folks. Also they had an open end so they buched up under my toes. Not too comfortable, but given that I had a wound infection until the six weeks were up I didn't notice the extra discomfort.
    These small irritations just add to your joy during recovery, but the day you get to burn them is ace!
  • I loved them for both of my surgeries and wanted to take them home. The only thing that bothered me is when you had to have them put back on after getting back into bed and the nurse puts them on crooked or something. It wasn't too bad with my ACDF because I could bend down and adjust them, but after my TLIF I had to adjust each one with the other foot.

    I really wish that the nurses would be more careful about putting them back on your feet! And what about blankets? Don't you hate it when a nurse just throws the blankets in a heap on you when you get back in bed? I had one nurse that did that, but the others were very good about laying out the blankets like they're supposed to be, not with big lumps all over the place.

    Ooops, sorry, got on a rant and off-topic there.

    Cath
  • Cath111...I am totally giggling. Yes, if they are not put back on right...it's frustrating because I couldn't bend to adjust them the way they were before. So my trick was ....ask to go to the bathroom again within the hour (sneaky).

    And while I never admitted it...blanket and pillow placement is an art! The nurses did great with them this last go around!
  • I've been told that I don't need to wear the TED socks any more!
  • But you looked so darn good in the booties in the hospital those stockings had to be damn sexy.. lol... Glad you got them off and are one step closer on the path to recovery...
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