Cause / Condition
Sentinel node biopsy is a technique to determine the status of the axillary lymph nodes without performing a full axillary dissection.
About the Procedure
The tumor site is injected with a radioisotope and/or blue dye. This is tracked into the sentinel note, which is the first lymph node in the body to come in contact with cancer cells as they leave the primary tumor. The sentinel node is then removed.
Temporary, minimal discomfort may occur.
Expectations / Experience
If there is no cancer found in the sentinel node, no further nodes may need to be removed. If cancer is found, then more lymph nodes will need to be removed. Minimal node removal can save a woman from a condition known as lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm.
MIMIS surgeons were among the first to perform sentinel node biopsies, beginning February, 2000.
For more information contact:
The Milwaukee Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee
2301 N. Lake Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53211