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Leg exercises

Following your anesthesia and surgery, your circulation is a bit sluggish. In order to prevent complications like phlebitis (inflammation of the vein) or Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in your veins), leg exercises and early walking are necessary.

Leg exercises assist in increasing your circulation. Each time a muscle is made to work (contract) the blood supply is immediately increased to that area. These should be done five to ten times every hour while you are awake during the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery.

     Toe pointing (ankle pumping)

ankle pumps

  • Lie flat on your back with legs out straight
  • Point the toes of both your feet towards the foot of the bed you will feel stretching along the tops of your legs and feet, as well as tightening in your calves
  • Hold the position 3 seconds and then relax your toes
  • Point the toes of both your feet towards your chin; you will feel stretching and tightening in your calves
  • Hold the position 3 seconds and then relax your toes

      Leg bending

knee bends

  • Lie flat on your back
  • Bend your right leg, sliding your heel along the mattress until your knee is sharply bent; your left leg should remain flat on the bed; you will feel your heel slide along the mattress, and your calf touch the back of your thigh
  • Straighten your leg by sliding your heel along the mattress
  • Repeat the same exercise with your left leg

     Toe circles

  • Lie flat on your back with both legs out straight and both heels firmly on the bed
  • Make a circle with your toes, first to the right and then to the left