How is Skin Cancer Excision Performed?
Skin cancer excisions are routinely performed under a local anaesthetic. If the cancer is extensive, your surgeon may choose to remove it under general anaesthetic.
- Excision involves completely cutting out the cancer along with a margin of healthy skin around it.
- The wound is sutured Extensive wounds may require a skin graft.
- The cancerous tissue is sent to pathology for examination.
- The remaining tissue surrounding the cancer site may need to be examined for cancer cells. If the margin is not adequate, the surgeon will need to take a wider margin.
What to Expect After Skin Cancer Excision?
- After the surgery, you may need to avoid immersing the wound in water.
- Avoid strenuous activity while the wound heals.
- Avoid activities that may stretch or tear the wound.
- You may have sutures that need removal 7 – 10 days after surgery.
- Your surgery may result in some scarring.
The risks associated with skin cancer excision are low but include:
- Pain at the wound site.
- Infection including fever and discharge from the wound.
- Wound opening.
- Bleeding and bruising.
- Recurrence of the cancer at the site.