Sep 06, 2013 - 5:15 pm
My husband had a complete laryngectomy and neck dissection in June 2013. He is recovering well at 3 months post surgery. However, the swelling/fluid retention from the neck dissection is still a large area of concern. His surgeon states that nothing but time will re-channel the lymph structure in his neck. He started massage therapy a couple of weeks ago. He's had 4 sessions so far, which is helping with the mobility problems in his neck and shoulders. There seems to be more fluidity in his face and jaws (less tight), but the fluid isn't finding its way to the lymph structure.
Does anyone have personal experience in recovery from a neck dissection and the resulting fluid retention issues? Are we just being impatient? Are there any other forms of physical therapy? Any nutritional suggestions? He tries to eat an occassional small meal, but mainly relies on his PEG tube. We have realized that he needs to stay completely away from salt.
So many questions!