Lymph Node Removal (Lymphadenectomy) for Melanoma
Lymphadenectomy is surgery to remove Reference lymph nodes Opens New Window. This surgery is done to see if cancer has spread to a lymph node. Some lymph nodes are located near the surface of the body, while others are deep in the abdomen or around organs, such as the heart or liver. Lymphadenectomy is also done to remove Reference melanoma Opens New Window that has spread only to the lymph nodes and to prevent melanoma from spreading farther (metastasizing).
Reference General anesthesia Opens New Window is usually used for a lymphadenectomy. An incision is made in the skin over the lymph nodes to be removed. The type and depth of the incision varies depending upon the location of these lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are removed along with nearby lymphatic tissue and some underlying soft tissue.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology