Inguinal Lymphnode Dissection

Discharge Instructions Following Dissection

Continue walking​

The walking will help you build strength. Gradually increase the amount of walking you do each day. Take planned rest periods during the day. The best gauge is your own body and how you feel. It is very important that you continue walking when you are discharged from the hospital. Not only will this build strength but will also aid in preventing blood clot formation in the legs.

Stairs should not be avoided​

Take them slowly at first. You may wish to group your activities, so that you do not have to make many trips up and down stairs during the first week you are home.

Driving should be avoided​

Driving should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after surgery or until you are pain free without medication. Take breaks every couple of hours if you are on extended trips. Get out of your car and walk around a bit.

Bathing /Shower Instructions​

Patients can scrub their bodies upon discharge from the hospital with lukewarm water and soap. Bathing/ showering should be avoided as you risk getting your incisions/dressings wet. Tub baths or hot tubs in the first 2 weeks are discouraged as this will allow for prolonged soaking of your incisions and increase the risk of infection. If your wound sites get wet, these must be patted dry immediately after scrubbing. You can resume bathing/showering with soap and water once the wounds have healed and sutures have been removed.

Managing your incisions​

Managing your tubes

Groin/Genital Swelling

Right after surgery, you may have some swelling in your genitals and groin region. This is normal, the swelling should go away over a few weeks.

Thigh/Leg Swelling​


There are no dietary restrictions specific for this procedure/disease. Dietary restrictions for diseases like diabetes/hypertension should be observed.


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