Videoscopic inguinal lymphadenectomy for metastatic melanoma

Benjamin M. Martin, Viraj A. Master, Keith A. Delman

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Background: The standard treatment of care for melanoma metastatic to the inguinal lymph node basin is lymphadenectomy. However, up to 50% of patients forgo the operation partly due to concerns about morbidity. Videoscopic inguinal lymphadenectomy (VIL) is a minimally invasive technique designed to minimize wound complications while achieving comparable oncological control. Methods: We reviewed pertinent literature related to open inguinal lymphadenectomy and VIL specific to melanoma, offering personal experience where appropriate. Results: Despite efforts to minimize the complications of open inguinal lymphadenectomy, approximately 50% of patients experience a wound-related complication. However, performing minimally invasive VIL has led to a significant decrease in length of hospital stay, a decrease in complications, and equivalent or superior lymph node retrieval in patients with metastatic melanoma to the inguinal basin. Conclusions: VIL is an alternative to open inguinal lymphadenectomy for patients with melanoma and regional metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Control
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


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