Skin Lesion Removal
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Reasons for Procedure
- Lesion is precancerous or cancerous
- Lesion has created a chronic skin irritation
- Cosmetic preference
- Changes in skin color
- Poor wound healing
- Nerve damage
- Recurrence of the lesion
- Bleeding disorders
- Circulatory problems
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of the Procedure
- Removal with scalpel—The lesion is cut away with a surgical knife.
- Laser surgery—A high-energy beam destroys skin tissue.
- Electrosurgery—This is the use of an electrical current to selectively destroy skin tissue.
- Cryosurgery—A cold liquid or instrument is used to freeze and remove the lesion.
- Curettage—This is the scraping of the skin with a circular cutting loop instrument.
- Mohs' micrographic surgery—This is used to examine suspected cancerous lesions. Small pieces of tissue are successively removed and then viewed microscopically for signs of cancer . The goal is to get all the cancer tissue and leave as much healthy tissue as possible.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Any new symptoms
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/
Skin Cancer Foundation http://www.skincancer.org/
BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/default.htm
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca/
American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org .
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
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