Sentinel lymph node incision still healing

After more than a month from surgery, the incision made for the sentinel lymph nodes is still healing. Its strange to have an open wound for more than a month, but slowly it is getting better.

After surgery I got 5 stitches in the incision where they removed the two lymph nodes. I had to visit the hospital regularly to drain the accumulated lymph liquid, that would accumulate beneath the skin and create a huge bulge. The incision broke on a few occasions and the liquid leaked out between the stitches. Since the pressure from inside didn’t seem to subside, together with an indication of infection, the stitches were removed and a drain was put in. While I had the drain, about 150 to 200 ml of lymph fluid was released daily, but as the wound healed from inside, this slowly reduced to about 25 ml a week later. That was enough to get the drain removed and since then I have been using a large adhesive bandage which needs to be changed regularly since it is still releasing lymph fluid.

Its down to just a trickle that keeps the wound wet, but it will be a relief when it finally closes and starts to dry.

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