You will only have this surgery if:
- your specialist thinks your melanoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes
- tests show that they are affected.
You will have your lymph nodes removed under a general anaesthetic. You are likely to be in hospital for three to five days.
The surgery you have and its side effects will depend on the group of lymph nodes being removed. Your specialist doctor or nurse will tell you more about what to expect in your situation. For example, if the melanoma is in your leg, a cut (incision) will be made in the groin on the affected side to remove the lymph nodes. If the melanoma is in your arm, the lymph nodes in your armpit on the affected side will be removed. The nodes in your neck will be removed if you have a melanoma anywhere on your face, head or in the neck area.