Hi, I'm Alice Holland, and I'm going to show you some tips for leg swelling after a surgical procedure. Often times patients are not prepared for the amount of swelling after a surgical procedure. I'm going to show you some tips on how to minimize post surgical edema. Leg swelling is very common after a surgical procedure. I'm going to show you three things that you can do at home. The first one, take some cream, I like cocoa butter because it doesn't evaporate very easily, lay it on your leg and give your leg a little bit of a compression as you move your stroke up when you massage it. Give it as much pressure as you would as if you were pulling up stockings or socks. Make sure you go from a down to up angle and never from an up to down angle. You always want to move the swelling towards your heart. The second thing is to make sure that you keep the leg elevated above your heart. This doesn't involve putting your leg on an ottoman. This involves actually lowering down your heart so that it's below your lower extremity. It would also help to do ankle pumps and move the ankle up and down so that the muscles are able to squeeze the swelling back up to your heart.