Lymph Node Removal (Lymphadenectomy) for Melanoma
Lymphadenectomy is surgery to remove
What To Expect After Surgery
Recovery depends on the extent of the surgery and the site where the lymph nodes were removed.
Why It Is Done
Lymphadenectomy is done to remove lymph nodes that may have melanoma in them.
How Well It Works
Wide local excision and lymphadenectomy may cure some melanomas that have spread to the nearby lymph nodes but no farther.
Surgery to remove lymph nodes can cause many side effects. The risks of lymphadenectomy include:
What To Think About
The decision to have a lymphadenectomy is not simple. It depends on your age, the location and thickness of the melanoma, results of the
Not all lymph node enlargement means involvement with melanoma. Other conditions that cause lymph node swelling, such as acne or infection, could occur at the same time as the melanoma. Such conditions should be ruled out before lymphadenectomy is done.
Swelling after surgery (
Lymphadenectomy usually is not needed if melanoma has not spread to the lymph nodes.
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