How quickly you recover will depend on the type of operation you have. You will be encouraged to start moving around as soon as possible. While you are in bed, it is 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. You may need to continue the injections after you go home. Your nurse will teach you or a relative how to give the injections, or arrange for a district nurse to visit you at home.
If you have had lymph nodes removed from your groin, you will be encouraged to put your feet up when you are sitting down. This helps to reduce leg swelling.