In order to relieve the pressure on the sutures, it is necessary to position the bed in a specific way for the first 3 days after the operation. The knees should be at an angle and the upper body slightly raised. The patient should be mobilized as early as the first day after the operation to prevent blood clots forming. Initially, there should be no extension of the upper body, so that wound healing is not impaired. Frequent movement of the legs is good, as this promotes the return blood flow.
On the second day after the operation, the Redon drains are removed, the dressing is changed, and a special compression girdle is fitted.
Thrombosis prophylaxis (fractionated heparin s.c.) and antibiotic protection (oral cefaclor) should be carried out for 10 days after the operation.
The compression girdle should be worn for 4 weeks; then intensive care should be taken of the scar with silicone gel and/or silicone plasters.
It is possible to resume sporting activities after 8 weeks.
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