What can be expected following inguinal lymph node dissection?

  • The drainage bag will remain in place until the amount of fluid being drained slows to a targeted amount, or until the doctor decides the bag is safe to remove.
  • The patient may remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days, although this can vary by patient.
  • Attempts to walk are encouraged as soon as possible in order to avoid blood clots, although doing so may increase the amount of lymph fluid being drained.
  • Driving a motor vehicle is discouraged for at least four to six weeks after surgery.

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