SIGVARIS designs a range of medical compression therapy solutions in response to different needs. Whether the patient is looking for a stylish sock for managing chronic venous insufficiency or is seeking an effective solution for preventing swelling due to lymphedema, the patient can always rely on the SIGVARIS promise of superior fit, excellent wearing comfort and therapeutic effect.
Principle and action
The concept of compression therapy lies on a simple and
efficient mechanical principle consisting of applying an elastic garment
around the leg.
By compressing the limb with graduated
compression (strongest at the ankle and decreasing going up the leg),
the compression stocking helps the venous return, decreases venous
pressure, prevents venous stasis and impair of venous walls, and
efficiently relieves aching and heavy legs.
Indications and Contraindications
This treatment is prescribed by a physician to treat
phlebitis, thrombosis, vein surgery aftercare, and to relieve all
manifestations of chronic venous disease (heavy legs, varicose veins,
oedemas, leg ulcers..). It can also be prescribed to prevent venous
troubles during pregnancy and long distance travel.
Contraindications are limited: advanced peripheral
obstructive arterial disease, congestive heart failure, septic
phlebitis, oozing dermatitis, advanced peripheral neuropathy. Very few
cases of allergy have been reported to one of the components.
There are no secondary effects with compression therapy
treatment when manufacturer's sizing chart is strictly followed.
Compression stockings are available in different degrees
of compression depending on the severity of the pathology to be treated.
The pressure exerted by a compression stocking at ankle level is
measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Compression classes are
defined according to different official norms (AFNOR in France, GZG in
The physician prescribes the compression class corresponding
to the pathology of the patient. Light compression is class 1 or 2,
strong compression is class 3 or 4 depending on the norm used. We at
SIGVARIS suggest that pressure exerted at the ankle be given in mmHg.
Depending on the pathology, medical compression therapy
can be applied in different forms: socks, stockings, pantyhose or
bandages. The current new textures and fashion designs of SIGVARIS®
compression products make compliance with the treatment much better and
As worldwide leading specialist in compression therapy,
SIGVARIS® provides "LIFE FOR LEGS" with hightech products combining high
quality, proven medical efficacy, comfort and fashion.
We also have higher compressions which usually require a doctor's prescription.