How quickly you recover will depend on the type of operation you have. You’ll be encouraged to start moving around as soon as possible. While you’re in bed, it’s important to move your legs regularly and do deep breathing exercises. This is to help prevent chest infections and blood clots. A physiotherapist will show you how to do these exercises. You may also have regular injections of a blood thinning drug to help reduce the risk of blood clots.
If you’ve had lymph nodes removed from your groin, you’ll be encouraged to put your feet up when you’re sitting down. This helps fluid to drain in your legs.