After Bypass Surgery: Prevent Swelling in Your Legs
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.