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I had bowel cancer surgery and have developed very swollen

Customer Question

i had bowel cancer surgery and have developed very swollen and hard to touch legs any advise would be much appreciated thank you
JA: Are you keeping a personal medical record while dealing with this?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: this is the one problem i find very difficult as feet swell and i can not get shoes on
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 5 months ago.

both legs?

you need to see your surgeon

and elevate up your legs above your heart and see if gravity can help pull some of the fluid out of your legs

you should avoid alcohol and salt in your diet as well

and work on drinking more water.

and eating more protein

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
woul d like advise on how to reduce the swelling have tried elevating and walking any more advise
Expert:  Dr. David replied 5 months ago.

you need to see your doctor to get an ultrasound of your legs. to check for proper blood flow after your bowel cancer surgery

lymph nodes could have been damaged in your pelvis from the surgery which could be affecting fluid return out of your legs.

you need to see physical therapist

you may need compression stockings on your legs to help squeeze fluid out of your legs.