An excision procedure removes skin cancer or other lesions from the body
Patients diagnosed with skin cancer are eligible for excision if their cancer is in the early stages, with no aggressive features and confined to the upper layers of the skin.
During an excision procedure, your provider removes the lesion along with a margin of healthy skin around the border.
The specimen is then examined in a lab to aid in diagnosis or make sure the margins around the area are free of cancer if this was the cause of excision. If the lab results show evidence of skin cancer beyond the original specimen, the patient may have to return for another excision treatment or mohs.
Most cases of skin cancer are highly treatable. If your cancer is still in its early stages and limited to the upper layers of the skin, excision treatment may be perfect for your situation.
Local anesthesia will be applied to the site for a comfortable and pain-free experience.
Your provider will remove the lesion and place it in a specimen container for the lab. The area will be stitched and bandaged.
In cases involving skin cancer, if the results show evidence of cancer beyond the original specimen, additional procedures may be necessary.
An excision can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the patient.
Your stitches will last for 1-2 weeks. Pain can be managed by taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed.
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