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Robotic Assited Lymph Node Dissection

Forums General Melanoma Community Robotic Assited Lymph Node Dissection

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    awg
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    Stage 3a Melanoma w/1 positive Superficial pelvic node, deep node was negative.

    My plan consists of Superficial Node Dissection (open method) and 12months Interferon.

    I am seeing studies and reports where the superficial pelvic lymph node dissection is being performed using robotic assistance via a small incision on the top of the upper thigh.

    I am looking  for information on facilities that offer this method as well as form feedback from anyone who have had robotic assisted dissection.

    Stage 3a Melanoma w/1 positive Superficial pelvic node, deep node was negative.

    My plan consists of Superficial Node Dissection (open method) and 12months Interferon.

    I am seeing studies and reports where the superficial pelvic lymph node dissection is being performed using robotic assistance via a small incision on the top of the upper thigh.

    I am looking  for information on facilities that offer this method as well as form feedback from anyone who have had robotic assisted dissection.

    I am also interested in hearing from open method pelvic dissection recipients on how the recovery went, lymph edema and the best method to manage the edema.

     

    Thank you,

    AWG

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      Fen
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      It doesn't look like anyone here has had this technique.  It sounds like it is similar to laproscopic surgery for abdominal issues like appendectomy.   Do you know more about it?

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        awg
        Participant

        It appears that Urologists are using the technique for deep node dissections for prostate cancer and superficial and deep node dissection penile cancer which require node dissection. My surgical Onc. informed me that Emory has a Melanoma surgeon, Dr. Keith Delman that has presented his experience with laparoscopic superficial node dissection, but the practice is not wide spread at this time.

        My surgeon mentioned transferring a muscle from my hip to my dissection site to help protect the vascular structures, is this common with superficial pelvic node dissection?

         

        Thanks

        awg

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        awg
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        It appears that Urologists are using the technique for deep node dissections for prostate cancer and superficial and deep node dissection penile cancer which require node dissection. My surgical Onc. informed me that Emory has a Melanoma surgeon, Dr. Keith Delman that has presented his experience with laparoscopic superficial node dissection, but the practice is not wide spread at this time.

        My surgeon mentioned transferring a muscle from my hip to my dissection site to help protect the vascular structures, is this common with superficial pelvic node dissection?

         

        Thanks

        awg

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      Fen
      Participant

      It doesn't look like anyone here has had this technique.  It sounds like it is similar to laproscopic surgery for abdominal issues like appendectomy.   Do you know more about it?

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      joy_
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      Dr. Keith Delman at Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta performs this surgery using small incision and videoscope.  Although he recommended my husbands be done open method but his was considered a radical dissection.  My husband recovered very well and had no virtually no problems.  It really couldn't have gone any better for him.  He does have lymphedema but wearing a compression stocking helps greatly.  Hope that helps!

      Wishing you an easy procedure and quick recovery…

      Tracy

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      joy_
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      Dr. Keith Delman at Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta performs this surgery using small incision and videoscope.  Although he recommended my husbands be done open method but his was considered a radical dissection.  My husband recovered very well and had no virtually no problems.  It really couldn't have gone any better for him.  He does have lymphedema but wearing a compression stocking helps greatly.  Hope that helps!

      Wishing you an easy procedure and quick recovery…

      Tracy

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      joy_
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      oops… I see now you know about Dr. Delman.  I highly recommend him.  He is an excellent doctor/surgeon and has a wonderful bedside manner too.

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      joy_
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      oops… I see now you know about Dr. Delman.  I highly recommend him.  He is an excellent doctor/surgeon and has a wonderful bedside manner too.

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