I just had athroscopic surgery and now I have lymphedema. My knee is huge and I cannot walk or apply pressure to it. I was at the hospital and they took out 9cc of fluid which is at the lab being cultured. They have not given a diagnosis yet but all things point to lymphedema
13 months ago I had blood clots, and my lymph system shut down. I gained 38 pounds of fluid (almost 5 gallons) in a week. I went to the Lymphedema Clinic at IHC in Salt Lake City. The person there explained that my lymph system goes throughout my whole body. It goes from my legs up to my left shoulder and then down across my body to my kidneys where the fluid is cleansed and excreeted as urine. Arteries take blood from ones heart and sends it throughout the body. Blood goes to ones feet, and 90% of the blood is returned via the veins. 10% of the fluid goes into the lymph system to be cleansed by the Kidneys. My lymph system shut down, and that 10% built up into 38 pounds of fluid.
In my case, I was wrapped like a mummy with multiple layers of foam and ace-like bandages. Like 6 or 7 layers. This put a lot of compression on my legs to force the valves in the lymph system to open. I also did special breathing to help the valves open. My weight started coming down, but I was a "mummy" for several weeks. Eventually, I got rid of the wrapping and wore thigh-high compression stockings in the day and cotton compression tubes (Tube-a-Grips) at night. I'm currently on knee-high compression stockings and nothing at night. I was told I'll be wearing the compression stockings for at least two years. I still have a few pounds of fluid, and the amount comes and goes.
See if there is a Lymphedema Clinc in your area so you can get specialized help. The real question, it seems to me as a layman, why did the surgery cause the swelling? To answer your question, I would guess that "No". You may have already done this, but google lymph nodes and do some general reading about your lymph system and infection of the nodes.
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