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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 extra fluid collects in the tissue when you are 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 feet should be raised above the level of your heart. You can support your lower legs with pillows.

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

Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Mancini, Mary, MD
Last Review Date: 10/1/2016
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