Sep 07, 2010 - 12:28 pm
My husband, Bob, just spent 5 days in the hospital again last week due to a leg infection. He is stage 3c.
Since his surgery on July 22nd to take out the melanoma tumor and all surrounding lymph nodes (18 that tested negated), the drain tube for lymphatic fluid in his leg was moved and replaced 3 times. His doctor tried to let Bob’s lymphatic system dry up on it’s own but it was not cooperating and infection set in finally. Since the lymphatic fluid did not slow down and infection was now happening more surgery was decided to end the problem thus sending Bob home 5 days later with an “open wound”.
His doctor says "Open Wound Care" has been around since the Civil War. I would like to hear about your experience if you had this and who took care of you at home? How long did it take to heal?