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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
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.