Graded compression stockings in elective orthopaedic surgery. An assessment of the in vivo performance of commercially available stockings in patients having hip and knee arthroplasty.


We recruited 89 patients who had hip or knee replacements to assess the performance of below-knee graded compression stockings. The pressure gradients generated by the stockings were measured and all patients had venography of the ipsilateral leg. We found that 98% of stockings failed to produce the 'ideal' pressure gradient (+/- 20%) of 18, 14 and 8 mmHg… (More)


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