These pictures show the incision in knee where transferred nodes have been placed, they were taken from the neck…Photographs were taken at various stages….
It is now eleven weeks since my surgery and this week I will have measurements taken to compare with pre surgery. When I left hospital (after two weeks) my leg was bigger than before surgery!!!!! This was due to infection, lack of movement, no MLD and no compression garments, in fact I was very distressed by the state of my Lymphoedema. It was not till week four that I was allowed to have Manual Lymph Drainage, use compression garments, bandaging and Ready Wraps, so this slowed the process right down. Now it is week eleven, scars are healing post surgical swelling is reducing. Is lymphoedema reducing? This is the million dollar question!!!! Only time will tell!!!
First week with area of infection marked.. Photo Helensamia
Four weeks with stitches out.. Photo Helensamia
Four weeks…Incision in neck where the Lymph nodes were removed for transfer. Photo Helensamia.
Wearing Ready Wraps to reduce swelling instead of complex bandages… Photo Helensamia
Four weeks in compression stocking class 3 with incision area protected… Photo Helensamia
Eleven weeks in compression…. surgical swelling reducing in knee.. Elevated when ever possible!!!Photo Helensamia
Eleven weeks after surgery.. Scar fading…. vitamin E oil used everyday.. . Photo Helensamia
Eleven weeks…..Scar healing well on neck ….I use vitamin E oil on it every day.. Photo Helensamia
Eleven weeks… At night after compression stocking removed… Photo Helensamia
Eleven weeks.. First thing in the morning.. It seems to be draining during the night…Photo Helensamia