• Lymph Node Surgery

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    Human lymphatic system comprises of lymph nodes that are small, bean-shaped glands present throughout the body. They carry lymph fluid, nutrients, and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream. They may swell in any location due to reasons like an injury, infection, or tumor development in or near the lymph node. Although the enlarged lymph nodes do not cause any problem but they should be removed to help diagnose or treat the underlying problem.

    Symptoms of Lymph Node Enlargement

    Lymph nodes generally enlarge due to other problems in the body and will present symptoms according to the problem. In most of the cases following changes are observed in lymph nodes:

    • Tender and painful lymph nodes

    • Swollen lymph nodes that may be the size of a pea or kidney bean, or even larger

    Laparoscopic Lymph Node Dissection

    Laparoscopic Lymph Node Dissection is performed under general anaesthesia. Depending on the location of the testicle, 3-4 small incisions are made by the surgeon. One of the incisions is used to insert a port (nozzle) that fills the carbon dioxide gas for inflation. Now laparoscope is inserted through another incision. A laparoscope is a telescope lookalike with a light and camera on the end. It allows the surgeon to clearly view inside of the abdomen on the monitor outside. After careful examination, surgical instruments are placed in the other small openings and used to remove the enlarged lymph nodes. The dissected lymph nodes are placed into a plastic bag, and then removed through one of the small incisions. After completing the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures or staples, or covered with glue-like bandage.

    Advantages of Laparoscopic Lymph Node Dissection

    • Faster recovery

    • Only few hours or overnight hospitalization

    • Earlier ambulation

    • Sooner return to work

    • Very less pain during and after the procedure

    • Smaller incisions without any cut on abdominal muscles

    • Negligible risks and complications

    • Less chances of wound infection

    • High success rate

    Authored By DR.R.K.Sinha