This is an operation to remove the lymph nodes at the back of the tummy (abdomen). This may be occasionally used for testicular cancer. It’s a major operation that is carried out by experienced surgeons in specialist centres. Your surgeon and specialist nurse will explain what’s involved, and the possible complications and side effects of this operation.
The operation is done under a general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a long cut from the top of your tummy (near your breastbone) to below your belly button. As these lymph nodes are behind the spine, your surgeon has to move your bowel and other organs aside to reach them.