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Surgery in advanced ovarian malignancy is indicated when complete debulking can be achieved. In patients with disease above the diaphragm, achieving R0 can present a surgical challenge and bring into question the feasibility of surgery (Soleymani majd et al., 2016, Pinelli et al., 2019). We present a surgical video demonstrating the technique of cardiophrenic lymph node dissection in advanced ovarian malignancy. Following type 3 liver mobilisation, the diaphragm is stripped and muscle opened to gain access to the thoracic cavity. Transdiaphragmatic assessment of the cardiophrenic lymph node bundle is performed. A bulky node - correlating with pre-operative radiology - is removed using an advanced energy device, maintaining the surrounding lung parenchyma and underlying pericardium safely in view throughout. The diaphragmatic is closed using a loop non-absorbable suture and placing continuous, locking sutures (Addley et al., 2021). We demonstrate that the presence of cardiophrenic lymphadenopathy is not an obstacle to complete debulking. By employing a trans-diaphragmatic technique to gain thoracic access, involved cardio-phrenic nodes - and hence all visible disease - can be surgically excised, successfully achieving R0 status and offering patients optimal prognosis.

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Gynecol Oncol Rep

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