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After Bypass Surgery: Prevent Swelling in Your Legs

Woman lying on couch with feet raised.After bypass surgery, it's common for your legs to swell a little. This is because excess fluid collects in the tissue when you're not moving around as much. To control the swelling:

  • Get up once an hour and walk around for a few minutes.

  • When you sit or lie down, put your feet on a footrest or on the arm of the couch.

  • Your doctor may also want you to wear elastic compression stockings during the day. Take them off at night to sleep.

  • Keep your feet up when you sit or lie down. Support your lower legs with pillows. 

Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Last Review Date: 9/10/2013
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