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What should I do if my legs swell after my heart surgery?

Columbia University Department of Surgery
Columbia University Department of Surgery
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Your legs may swell a little, especially if you had veins removed from your legs during your heart surgery. This occurs because excess 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 sitting or sleeping, keep your legs elevated.
  • To help with circulation, avoid crossing your legs.

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