Table of Contents
What is Surgical Excision of Skin Cancer?
Surgical excision of skin cancer is a technique used to remove skin cancer from the skin. This technique works best to remove basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Surgical excision is one of the most common ways to remove skin cancer, and often leaves the best aesthetic outcomes.
Who is a Candidate?
Individuals who have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or who are concerned about the appearance of a mole can benefit from surgical excision. A consultation will be needed with Dr. Howland for him to examine the concerning area and to determine if surgical excision is the right approach for you.
What to Expect
During surgical excision of skin cancer, the targeted area is numbed, and the cancerous tissue is removed via a scalpel. An area of surrounding healthy skin will also need to be removed to ensure that all cancer cells are removed. The incision will then be closed with stitches.
Following your excision, the skin that was removed will be sent to a lab and examined by a pathologist to see whether any cancer cells still exist. If so, further treatment will be required to eliminate all of the affected skin and tissue.
Following surgical excision, scarring may occur. The wound may also cause pain, which can be controlled with pain medication. The exact amount of time needed for the wound to heal will depend on the amount of tissue and skin that was removed.
Following skin cancer removed, it is suggested that you schedule regular check-ups to be sure that all cancer cells are eliminated.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with skin cancer and is interested in having it removed via surgical excision, contour our office today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to expect after skin cancer excision?
After skin cancer excision, the skin is sent to the lab and examined by a pathologist to see if any cancer cells still exist. If cancer is still there, further treatment will be used to eliminate all the affected skin and tissue.
What are the restrictions after excision?
You will want to limit your level of activity for at least two weeks to avoid stretching the wound. Bathe and shower regularly with the dressing removed from the wound after 24-48 hours and then reapply a fresh bandage after.
How long does it take for skin cancer excision to heal?
The wound from a skin cancer excision typically takes about 1-3 weeks to heal.
How painful is a skin excision?
The affected area is numbed so you likely wont feel any pain during the procedure.
What happens after excision surgery?
You might experience some bleeding, bruising, swelling, or scarring after the excision surgery.
How long does excision surgery take?
Excision surgery can take up to several hours. It depends on how large the affected area is.
How long do you have to wear a bandage after skin cancer surgery?
You will want to begin to change the bandage daily after the first 24-48 hours. After that, youll typically have to wear the bandage for 10-14 days.