Day surgery with 2-7 days off work to recover.
Surgery is to get a sample to make the diagnosis.
Treatment of lymph node diseases is mainly non-surgical, under the supervision of your physician, haematologist or oncologist
Surgery can cause temporary weakness in the face, tongue, shoulder and voice. Permanent weakness is rare
What is this for and is it effective?
Lymph nodes are the size of a small bean. There are many lymph nodes throughout the body. They are made up of white cells. These are the cells of the immune system that fight infections and help healing after injury. Lymph nodes enlarge during infections. They can also enlarge due to tumours, chronic infections of auto-immune disease.
Taking a sample of a lymph node can help to diagnose these diseases. Your physician refers you to a surgeon to help with the diagnosis. Removing the lymph node doesn’t cure the disease. Most diseases of lymph nodes are treated with medicine by a haematologist, physician or oncologist.