Laparoscopic Pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Limitations of noninvasive modalities have mandated histologic evaluation of lymph nodes in patients with pelvic urologic malignancies in whom accurate pathologic staging is needed. Pelvic lymphadenectomy is the most effective technique for evaluating metastatic spread to regional lymph nodes in prostate, bladder, and urethral carcinomas. Laparoscopic pelvic lymph node dissection (LPLND) has emerged as a minimally invasive technique that diminishes the morbidity associated with the traditional open pelvic lymphadenectomy. The laparoscopic approach to pelvic lymph node dissection was first performed by Schuessler and associates in 1989. Since their report this technique has been recognized as a safe and effective method for staging genitourinary pelvic malignancies.
KeywordsPelvic Lymph Node Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection Pelvic Lymphadenectomy Pubic Bone Femoral Canal
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