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Laparoscopic lymph node excision


When investigating pelvic cancers (such as prostate, testicular, cervical, and uterine cancers) it is important to know whether the disease has spread to the lymph nodes in the region.

How laparoscopic lymphadenectomy works

During a laparoscopic lymphadenectomy the surgeon makes a small incision in the lower abdomen to reach the lymph nodes. A tiny tube with a light and a camera (i.e., a laparoscope) is inserted into the incision and directed to the lymph nodes.

How long does a lymph node excision take?

​A small surgical cut (incision) is made. The lymph node or part of the node is removed. The incision is closed with stitches and a bandage or liquid adhesive is applied. An open biopsy may take 30 to 45 minutes.

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