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Question (04/28/2012):

Title: Is swelling in one foot and leg normal after surgery?

Is swelling in one foot and leg normal after surgery, or could it be something else?

Answer:

If an individual has undergone joint replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery or any other surgery in the lower half of the body, it is not uncommon for him/her to experience swollen feet and ankles and swelling in other parts of the legs as well.

Major surgery and orthopedic surgery may cause deep vein thrombosis; swelling is a signs and symptom of deep vein thrombosis,

Swelling feet after heart surgery is actually pretty common among many patients, depending on the type of surgery.

According to the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at University of Southern California, this is most affluent among those who have actually had a vein removed from the leg during a cardiac procedure.

The removal affects the flow return of the blood, leading to swelling of the lower extremities.

Even if a vein is not removed, the legs may still swell if incisions were made in the upper leg or groin area.

However, it is important to remember that this phenomenon can also occur after any type of surgery related to the heart or any other body part.


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