After Peripheral Artery Bypass Surgery: In the Hospital
After peripheral artery bypass surgery, plan on being in the hospital about
Right After Surgery
You will be watched closely in the recovery room. From there, you may go to an intensive care unit, if needed. Once you are stable, you will be moved to a regular hospital room. Your leg may swell and be painful. But you will be given medication to control pain and prevent infection.
As You Regain Strength
You will start walking soon. Wear slippers or shoes to protect your feet. Elevate your leg whenever you are sitting. Tell a nurse right away if you have chest pain, foot pain, or shortness of breath. Also let your surgeon know if your incision is draining or if you have constipation. Before going home, you may be taught to take the pulse in your leg.
Walking is a big part of your early recovery. Walking reduces swelling and helps your incision heal. Walking also helps prevent lung problems, such as pneumonia. And the sooner you recover in the hospital, the sooner you can go home.