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Question: In Office Inguinal Lymphadenectomy with local anesthetic

 lightfoot145 - Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:32 pm

Single swollen inguinal lymph node on left side, and surgeon wants to operate in office with only local anesthetic. Has anyone heard of this procedure being done in office, and about the risks? I cannot find any information on any surgeon doing this specific procedure under anything but general anesthesia.
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:32 am

User avatar Hi,
How an inguinal lymph node biopsy(excision biopsy)is done varies from place to place.It depends upon variables such as the hospital setup, the experience of the surgeon,the country and so on...
In some parts of the world, a single, mobile inguinal lymph node may be fairly easily biopsied under local anesthesia as a 'day-case'.Some surgeons however may insist on a general anesthetic.
Inguinal lymphadenectomy (or ilio-inguinal lymphadenectomy)on the other hand, are more extensive procedures involving removal all the inguinal lymph nodes and other structures.These are best performed under general/spinal/epidural anesthesia.
Best wishes!

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