Removal of lymph node tissue for examination under a microscope. An open biopsy is surgery to remove all or part of the lymph node, which is usually done if there is a lymph node that can be felt on exam. A small incision is made and the lymph node or part of the node is removed. For some cancers, a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNLB) is the most effective. A sentinel lymph node is defined as the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. A SNLB is a procedure in which the sentinel lymph node is identified with a tracer, removed, and examined to determine whether cancer cells are present. Lymph node biopsies in the belly may be removed with a laparoscope. This is a small tube with a light and camera that is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. One or more other incisions will be made and tools will be inserted to help remove the node. The lymph node is located and a piece of it is removed.
Surgery to remove the spleen. Can be done laparoscopically or open. If done laparoscopically 3-4 incisions will be made in the belly. The spleen will be located using a scope and removed. If done open, an incision will be made in the middle of the the belly. The spleen will be located and removed.
Palouse Surgeons is comprised of board-certified physicians who provide evaluation and treatment for a full range of general surgery conditions. Services are available for patient convenience, at Gritman Medical Center, Pullman Regional Hospital, Whitman Hospital & Medical Center and The Palouse Surgery Center.
We serve a population of around 80,000 people, 30,000 of whom are students at Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Our Board Certified Surgeons are proficient in laparoscopic surgery, as well as other minimally invasive surgical techniques. We provide special expertise in Abdominal, Colon and Rectal, Hernia, Breast, Gall Bladder, Gerd , and treatment of varicose veins.