How is venous insufficiency prevented?

Updated: Sep 25, 2020
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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In general, patients with venous insufficiency should avoid prolonged standing or sitting. Correction of the underlying problem prevents progression of the disease.

In patients with early venous insufficiency, progression to overt signs of disease (eg, stasis dermatitis, skin breakdown, and ulceration) can virtually always be prevented with the use of compression hose that provide a pressure gradient of 30-40 mm Hg between foot and knee.

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