What Is a Lymph Node Biopsy?
Lymph nodes are small organs located throughout the body that filter lymphatic fluid and support the body's immune function. Lymph nodes cluster in the neck, armpits, abdomen, chest, and groin. Lymphadenopathy, or the condition in which lymph nodes have swollen to an abnormal size or consistency, may be a sign of a normal infection or of something more serious, such as cancer. In order to check for cancer, a lymph node biopsy may be performed by the experienced general surgeons of Sierra Pacific Surgical. In this diagnostic procedure, small pieces of one or more lymph nodes are removed with refined surgical precision. Learn more lymph node biopsies by scheduling a visit at our Roseville or Folsom, CA offices.
How are Lymph Node Biopsies Performed?
Conducted by our surgeons at an accredited surgical center in the Sacramento, CA area, lymph node biopsies are performed either open or with a needle. In the open form of the surgical procedure, our experienced general surgeons will make a small incision and remove either a portion of the lymph node or the entire lymph node. The open form of the procedure can take roughly 30 – 45 minutes. When using a fine needle, our physicians will clean the biopsy site, insert the needle into the lymph node, take a small sampling of cells, and then remove the needle. This process generally only takes around 15 minutes. The biopsy material extracted is then examined under a microscope for signs of cancer.
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Lymph Node Biopsy FAQ
How long is recovery from a lymph node biopsy?
Recovery following a lymph node biopsy procedure lasts, on average, about 10 – 14 days. It is common to experience tenderness or discomfort in and around the biopsy site. Our team will provide instructions on how to care for the treatment area and when you can resume normal activities. Should you notice severe pain, inflammation, bleeding, or discharge from the incision, fever, or chills, please contact our team at Sierra Pacific Surgical promptly.
What can a lymph node biopsy detect?
Lymph node biopsies are performed to detect cancerous cells within lymph node tissue, which can help identify if cancer has spread. These procedures may also be performed to determine if infection or other diseases are present in the body. To connect with a surgeon who performs lymph node biopsies in Sacramento, CA, please contact our offices today.
Are lymph node biopsies covered by insurance?
Lymph node biopsies may be covered in part under some health insurance plans. Following your consultation, our business team can review your individual policy and help you determine your coverage as it applies to this procedure.
Trusted Biopsy Procedures
For patients experiencing lymphadenopathy, a lymph node biopsy may be the next logical step in treatment. To learn more about lymph node biopsies, or to schedule a consultation with an experienced general surgeon, contact Sierra Pacific Surgical in Roseville or Folsom, CA. Our team is proud to be a source of trusted surgical care among Northern California patients.