Taking the Groan Out of Groin Lymph Node Removal | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

When melanomas spread to lymph nodes in the groin, that typically means major surgery—12-inch incisions from hip-to-thigh, 5 days in the hospital, and foot-long scars for life. But now surgeons can do it all laparoscopically, entailing three incisions that total less than 1 inch and just an overnight hospital stay. Tiny incisions also reduce the risk of postsurgery wound infections, which currently afflict half of people who undergo groin lymph node removal. A clinical trial is currently recruiting people with melanomas to test the new laparoscopic procedure.