Edema can be controlled with lymphatic massage, but one has to be consistent and conscientious about doing it. One advantage to doing lymphatic massage is that one can massage themselves or be massaged. Can't stress enough that if you have had a lymphectomy find a certified massage therapist.
How long since your surgery? Has the doctor ruled out Well Leg Compartment Syndrome? This is an extreme but vastly underreported.
This article from the UK
What you are asking about may be the condition Lymphedema that is seen at times following lymph node dissection. Here is a link to the Wikipedia's listing on the subject. Some have found that finding a certified lymphedema therapist can really help.
Do not know the number removed. In the lower left leg. Swells 2x more than the right leg. Dr is aware and feels it will go down in time; however, it hasn't. We have tried wraps, support hose and white embolism stockings.