Preoperative Preparation

The patient should be explained the procedure in detail along with risks, benefits, and potential complications. Furthermore, the patient should be informed that conversion to an open approach occurs in 5% to 9% of laparoscopic cases (13,19)

Prior to intervention, basic laboratory evaluation, including blood counts, serum chemistries, and blood typing and screening should be obtained. A preoperative computed tomography scan with and without contrast should be performed to delineate the lymphocele size and relationship to other anatomical structures. Aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and anticoagulant medications should be stopped at least one week prior to surgery. As with any surgical procedure, the patient should be instructed not to eat after midnight prior to the surgery.

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