After my SNB came back positive, I had surgery to remove the rest of my inguinal/groin nodes last week (Oct 18th). I'm really worried about the prospect of lymphedema now and would love to hear from other people who have had this surgery and what your experience has been and how you've dealt with it. I was a very active person before and I plan to be again but worry how lymphedema is going to affect my ability to hike, bike, run, etc. So far, I still have my drain in and it's removing a lot of fluid, which feels good so I plan on requesting to keep it in as long as they'll let me. I'm still very much in the early phase of healing so when I'm sitting or lying down, I keep my leg elevated and also try to do some gentle massage on my leg. Is there anything else I can be doing? What can I expect later in terms of swelling and ability to be active?
Thanks for any info you can give me!