Skin graft

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Hi I have a skin graft on side of foot.   I just wondered when I go back to work which will be 8 weeks after op. I was told to go on reduced hours how careful will i have to be as I read a skin graft is fragile for a year and my job is on feet all day. Skin graft has almost healed does get uncomfortable to walk on if stand for to long. And how long will I have to reduce hours. I go back next Saturday.

  • My skin graft was for a wle for melanoma 

  • Also is 7 weeks a long time to wait for slnb results i was told 4 I did ask at hospital they said I would get appointment  within 2 weeks but still no news its nearly 2 weeks.

  • Hi ,


    My name is Amy and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line. Thanks for reaching out to us and please accept my apologies for this delayed reply.


    We appreciate waiting for results can be challenging, especially while you are trying to recover. Generally, it may take up to 2 weeks before results are available. Sometimes a little longer. It might be worth getting back in touch with your hospital team. You can ask when results are usually available, if they are currently experiencing any delays and if so, how long these delays are likely to be.


    You can also ask for more detail around your surgery, recovery and plans to return to work. They will be able to advise you better, based on the exact surgery you had and any enhanced recovery you may need. The general advice after surgery to your foot/ ankle suggests caution should be taken when getting back to normal activities and particularly if this involves being on your feet for prolonged periods. But it’s unclear how long this should be followed for, and why we suggest getting back in touch with your surgical team or melanoma specialist nurse, if you have one.


    It might help to also post your question onto our melanoma forum for peer support from others who may have had a similar operation. It’s important this is not to replace medical advice from your hospital team.


    We often find we can help more by exploring these questions over the phone. If this is something you think would help, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our support line on 0808 808 0000. We are available 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.


    I hope this helps.


    Best wishes, 

    Amy C, Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 


    You can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or send us an email

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