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Compression Stockings May Not Be Needed After Surgeries, Study Finds

A new study offers reassurance that many surgery patients can safely be freed from one discomfort of recovery -- wearing compression stockings to prevent blood clots.

The garments, which help keep blood from pooling in the lower legs, have long been used post-surgery. One reason has been to thwart blood clots, which can form in the leg veins when a patient is laid up in recovery.

But rates of such blood clots have fallen dramatically over the years, according to researcher Dr. Alun Davies.

That's due to various improvements in care, he said -- like getting patients out of ...