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How long do you have to wear those TED stockings?

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,372
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:42 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.


  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • I bet your red pumps looked lovely with those stockings!!
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  • 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
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    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.
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