Laparoscopic pelvic/para-aortic lymphadenectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove lymph nodes from the pelvis and/or para-aortic region, which is the area around the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The procedure is used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in patients with gynecological cancers, such as ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancer, to determine the extent of the disease and to remove cancerous lymph nodes.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a camera and specialized surgical instruments attached to it.

The laparoscope allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen and locate the lymph nodes that need to be removed. The surgeon then uses specialized instruments to dissect and remove the lymph nodes from the surrounding tissue.

Laparoscopic pelvic/para-aortic lymphadenectomy is less invasive than traditional open surgery and has several advantages, including a shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, and a faster recovery time. Patients can typically return to normal activities within 2-4 weeks after the procedure.

However, as with any surgery, there are some risks involved, including bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding organs. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure with their surgeon to determine if it is the right option for them.

Laparoscopic pelvic/para-aortic lymphadenectomy is typically recommended for patients with gynecological cancers who have suspicious or enlarged lymph nodes detected on imaging or physical examination. The procedure is also used to stage cancer and to determine the appropriate treatment plan.

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Dr. Punyavathi C Nagaraj

Senior Consultant- Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon