My Surgery Guide: Improving Leg Circulation Exercises

Author: UHN Patient Education

Amanda: Hello, and welcome to the University Health Network. Today I’m going to be teaching you how to do two leg exercises while you are in bed. Amanda: Hello Mr.

Santos How are you today? Mr. Santos: Well, thank you. Amanda: Good. My name is Amanda and I am a physiotherapist on the unit and today I am going to be teaching you two leg exercises you can do while lying in bed. Mr. Santos: Nice to meet you, Amanda.

Amanda: The first exercise is called “Ankle Pumping”. To do this exercise, you must move your ankles up and down. Mr: Santos: Should I do them one at a time or should I do them together? Amanda: Whichever you prefer. Good, now try the other side.

Mr. Santos: I'll try them together. Amanda: Good.

My Surgery Guide: Improving Leg Circulation Exercises

We suggest you do this exercise ten times every hour to maintain the circulation in your legs and prevent blood clots from forming. Mr. Santos: I can get clots? Amanda: When you’re in bed, the circulation slows down. So by keeping your legs moving, it keeps the blood clots from forming. Mr.

Santos: Ok. So I'll do this exercise ten times an hour while I'm in bed. Amanda: That's right. Mr. Santos: Ok. Amanda: The second exercise is called “Knee Bends”. To do this exercise what I'd like you to do is bring your knee up to your chest and back down again.

For this one, you can alternate your legs. Mr. Santos: Ok. That far up? Amanda: Perfect. Now for this exercise, the same thing applies.

I would like you to do this ten (10) times, every hour, while you are in bed. Mr. Santos: Ok. Ten (10) times an hour, while I am in bed. Amanda: In addition to the ankle pumps. Mr. Santos: Ok. Amanda: Do you have any questions? Mr.

Santos: Should I do them together, do the ankle pumps and then the knee bends? Amanda: That's a good idea! I think it’s easier to keep track of them that way. So, you can do your 10 ankle pumps, and then your 10 knee bends, every hour. Mr. Santos: Ok, that sounds good. Thank you, Amanda. Amanda: You’re welcome.

Leg exercises are important to do consistently while you’re in bed after you’ve had your surgery. Thank you very much for watching. We hope you have found this video helpful.

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