A urological specialist in New York City for more than 20 years, Dr. Saeid Shamsian treated a variety of urologic disorders, including urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and cancers involving the kidneys, prostate, and bladder. Dr. Saeid Shamsian is also experienced in laparoscopic pelvic lymph node dissection, or LPLND.

A form of laparoscopic surgery, LPLND involves removing the pelvic lymph nodes of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate. The nodes are the first access points where cancer cells develop. During LPLND, five very small cuts are made inside the abdomen.

The incisions, called “ports,” are made in such spots as the umbilicus (navel) and the lower abdomen. After the procedure is completed, the surgeon closes the “ports” with dissolvable sutures. The operation allows the doctor to see if the disease has spread and to determine a treatment plan. Because it has proven useful in the staging of prostate cancer, LPLND is now sometimes recommended to determine treatment plans for malignancies of the urethra and bladder as well.