Mar 08, 2006 - 1:45 pm
Is there a normal recovery time for wide margin local excisions?
I had a wide margin local excision on Wednesday, 3/1/06. Monday was the first day I woke up without swelling. I still have pain and a burning type discomfort. Have also been experiencing seepage with occassional tinges of blood. Seepage is a weird yellow-orange. Called my gyn-onc got the resident on call and she said come on in we'll take a look and make sure it's not infected.. The problem is I live 75 miles from the hospital and haven't been able to sit upright for more than 1 hour since the surgery. I am not fit to drive to Wal-Mart right now let alone Philadelphia. Whats normal during this type of recovery?
For swelling try condom slushies!
Condom Slushies Rock!!!
Post vulvar biopsy and post wide margin excision of the carcinoma I experienced both pain & swelling.
How to Make Condom Slushies
1. Pour approximately 1.25 inches of rubbing alcohol into a condom, and then fill rest of the way with tap water leaving room to tie into a knot at the end.
2. Gently roll another condom onto the liquid filled condom and tie into a knot.
3. Make at least 4 of these Condom Slushies and place in freezer for 2 hours, overnight is even better.
4. Remove one Condom Slushie from freezer, wrap in wash cloth and place on vulva
5. You will now experience bliss
Swelling is a normal physical reaction to an invasive procedure. What no one tells you is how to comfortably apply ice to this area! As a matter of fact no one mentioned ice at all. It has been my experience that when any body part swells up after an injury or a surgery you ice it.
*This may also provide relief for women experiencing pain after an episiotomy.