Following any surgical procedure, especially in the lower limbs, it is important to recognize, treat, and prevent what is called deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots. These blood clots can occur and go to your lungs and cause serious medical consequences. Your physician has most likely prescribed Aspirin, Warfarin, Coumadin, Lovenox, or other agents to help prevent blood clots in the early post-operative period. It is very important that you take these as directed.
Additionally, please keep an eye on swelling in your leg. It is not unusual to have swelling at the end of the day due to being up and moving around throughout the day; but usually that swelling will go down over night and reach near normal size compared to the other limb. If you have excessive swelling that does not go down with elevation or overnight, it is important to contact your physician. When resting throughout the day, it is important to keep your leg elevated and try not sit for longer than two hours at a time before getting up and exercising.