Effect of External Sequential Compression Devices on Femoral Venous Blood Flow

David C. Markel, MD, Gary D. Morris, MD


J South Orthop Assoc. 2002;11(1) 

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Thigh-length, calf-length, and foot external sequential pneumatic compression devices effectively increased quantitative blood flow volume and velocity in the deep and superficial saphenous venous systems. Statistically, the devices performed equally well. In patients who had had total knee arthroplasty, muscle activity did not increase blood flow volume or velocity more than the external compression devices did, though the reverse was true in healthy volunteers not operated on. External sequential pneumatic compression devices are supported as effective in prevention of deep venous thrombosis after total knee arthroplasty.

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