What happens during PLND?
A PLND is done under general anesthesia. It may be done using a wide cut (open method) or laparoscopy.
Dr. Monika will make a cut in the abdomen and remove the pelvic lymph nodes. The lymph nodes and any other tissue removed during surgery are sent to a lab to be examined by a pathologist.
After removing the lymph nodes, the surgeon places a drain and closes the cut with stitches or staples. A drainage bag is attached to the end of the tube to collect fluid draining from the area. This reduces the chance of fluid building up in the tissue and improves healing. The drain is left in place for a few weeks or until there are little or no drainage.