What are In-Office Skin Cancer Excisions?
The uncontrolled division of skin cells is called skin cancer. Skin cancer primarily occurs with the excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and rarely from scars from disease or burns, or repeated exposure to X-ray and chemicals.
Your doctor diagnoses skin cancer by conducting a skin biopsy, where a small sample of the suspicious tissue is removed to be examined under a microscope.
Procedure for In-Office Skin Cancer Excisions
Depending on the type and stage of skin cancer, your surgeon may recommend surgical excision, which involves the removal of entire cancer. In-office excision of skin cancer is performed under local anesthesia. Your surgeon cuts out the cancerous area along with a surrounding margin of healthy tissue. The incision is then closed with stitches. Large incisions require a skin graft or flap (skin from another location is removed and used to cover the defect) to close the wound. Your surgeon may recommend reconstructive surgery to preserve function and aesthetic appearance following skin cancer removal.
Risks and Complications of In-Office Skin Cancer Excisions
As with any surgery, excisions of skin cancer may involve certain risks and complications which may include bleeding, pain, infection, scarring and risks of leaving residual cancer cells.