Surgical Excision in Liverpool, NY

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What is a Surgical Excision?

One of the most recognized melanoma skin cancer treatments is surgical excision. Using this procedure, Dr. Joseph P. Housel will cut away the melanoma or malignant growth together with the bordering tissue, which may appear to be healthy. The excised (or removed) skin tissue will be sent to a pathologist for additional testing to ascertain whether or not the remaining area is cancer-free. In the event the tissue turns out to be cancerous, then a second procedure would be required to remove all remaining cancer. Housel Dermatology, P.C. and Dr. Housel consult with our Liverpool, NY and Greater Syracuse area patients on a regular basis to determine whether surgical excision is the right treatment choice for their condition.

Am i a candidate for a surgical excision?

You're probably an ideal candidate for surgical excision if you suspect or do have skin cancer on your legs, arms, or torso. This process is thought to be easier and quicker than other surgical removal methods but is not as cosmetically inconspicuous, meaning you will likely have a scar. This technique is occasionally used to allow for extensive observation of the skin cancer sample so patients in need of further diagnostic testing will also be ideal candidates for surgical excision.

how does Surgical Excision work?

As surgical excision is an invasive process, anesthesia will be provided. For smaller, easier-to-remove melanomas, a local anesthetic will be utilized. When melanoma is bigger and in a more difficult area, general anesthesia could be deemed necessary. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Housel will thoroughly clean the treatment area and administer the predetermined anesthesia. The cancer will then be removed with a scalpel and horizontal cuts throughout the lesion and surrounding tissue. An electrode may be utilized to perform a feathering process, which can smooth the borders circling the wound. This helps to get rid of extra cells from the lesion and minimizes the probability of scarring.

Small excisions will be sewn closed while bigger excisions may require a skin graft to close up the wound. A solution will be implemented to the treated area to stop any bleeding, as well as an antibiotic will be prescribed to accelerate the healing time. In addition, a sterile badge will be placed over the wound to shield it and prevent it from getting infected.

how long is recovery from a surgical excision?

The duration of your downtime and recovery could vary, depending upon the location and severity of the particular excision, in addition to whether skin grafts were needed to complete your treatment. After your surgery, you could experience a burning feeling or general discomfort in the region where the skin cancer was removed. For the first few days following the procedure, you are advised to use an over-the-counter medicine, like acetaminophen, to relieve pain. You can also expect some scarring that will be red initially but will lighten over time. Different creams or gels may be used to help lighten the scar. In order to protect the healing wound, a bandage should be placed on the treatment area while you are exposed to the sun.

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Anytime you see a skin lesion that appears strange, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call us at Housel Dermatology, P.C. today, and let's talk about your skin health and whether a skin excision procedure is right for you.

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