Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND)

Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) is the removal of lymph nodes to remove and stage testicular cancer.

This minimally invasive procedure removes the lymph nodes that may become cancerous when you have testis cancer or renal cell cancer

How is RPLND performed?

Our physicians make several small incisions below and insert the laparoscope and other tiny surgical instruments into the lower abdomen.  This allows them access to remove the appropriate lymph nodes by manipulating some of the internal organs.

What are the benefits of RPLND?

The procedure is precise, with faster recovery and less pain than conventional surgery. Surgeons use well-established "templates" to help minimize any nerve damage that may result in ejaculatory dysfunction.

How long will it take to recover?

Most patients are able to leave the hospital in 1-2 days and return to normal function in 3-4 weeks.