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What are the effects caused by a compression bandage in venous leg diseases?

Conservative treatment of venous leg disease – particularly if the deep veins are involved and surgical intervention is not possible - aims at removing the acute consequences such as congestion, ulceration etc. in order to prevent progression of the disease.

Medically correct compression bandaging is an indispensable therapy in this context. In the acute stage, bandages with short-stretch bandages should be applied, such as e.g. the Pütter bandage, as they have the advantage compared to long-stretch bandages, that they adapt better to changes in leg circumference. After decongestion of oedema, the use of the wo-part compression stocking system Saphenamed ucv is recommended for follow-up treatment.

The consistent application of compression treatment with Pütter bandage, using a counter-running bandaging technique is regarded as basic therapy in the treatment of venous diseases. Treatment with compression bandages is effective in several respects:

  • Reduction of oedema 
  • Narrowing of enlarged veins with at least partial restoration of valve function and reduction of reflux, and thus prevention of further progression of chronic venous insufficiency, an increase in venous flow velocity combined with the resulting decongestion in the affected area 
  • Reinforcement of the fascia as a resistance surface for the muscles and hence an improvement in the joint muscle pump 
  • Improved microcirculation of the skin