Laparoscopic extraperitoneal para-aortic lymphadenectomy

Ecancermedicalscience. 2015 Sep 21:9:573. doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2015.573. eCollection 2015.


Lymph nodes are the main pathway in the spread of gynaecological malignancies, being a well-known prognostic factor. Lymph node dissection is a complex surgical procedure and requires surgical expertise to perform the procedure, thereby minimising complications. In addition, lymphadenectomy has value in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of patients with gynaecologic cancer. Therefore, a video focused on the para-aortic retroperitoneal anatomy and the surgical technique of the extraperitoneal para-aortic lymphadenectomy is presented.

Keywords: endometrial cancer; laparoscopy; ovarian cancer; para-aortic lymph nodes; retroperitoneum space; surgical staging.