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77 Tell your dentist that you have an artificial joint and take antibiotics as prescribed before any dental work. 77 Tell all your healthcare providers about your artificial joint before any medical procedure. 77Maintain a healthy weight. Get help to lose any extra pounds. Added body weight puts stress on the knee. 77 Take any medication you may have been given after surgery. This may include blood-thinning medications to prevent blood clots or antibiotics to prevent infection. Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis Preventing DVT means improving blood flow back to your heart. Talk to your doctor about a program of regular exercise, which can help. Elevate your legs whenever they feel swollen or heavy. Also, follow these tips: 77 Elevate the foot of your bed 5 to 6 inches using a foam wedge. 77When you’re sitting, wiggle your toes and tighten your calves to keep blood moving. 77Wear elastic (compression) stockings at all times, except when you’re in bed. 77 Compression stockings: Stockings made of strong elastic gently squeeze your calf and leg to increase blood flow. Stockings come in full-leg or calf lengths. Full-leg stockings may be difficult and uncomfortable to put on and take off. 77 Intermittent pneumatic compression devices: Leg coverings inflate and deflate with an air pump to squeeze your legs throughout the day and night. 77 Venous foot pumps: Foot covers inflate and deflate with an air pump to increase the blood flow in your legs. Learning Check! Click the button to take a short quiz on what you’ve learned in Chapter 4. 15


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