Excisional Surgery

If you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, your dermatology provider may recommend excisional surgery as part of your personalized treatment plan. This procedure involves removing the cancerous tissue along with a margin of healthy skin to ensure complete removal.

Zitelli & Brodland offers excisional surgery as an option for skin cancer treatment. Excisional surgery is known for its high success rate in treating various types of skin cancer. By removing the tumor along with a margin of healthy tissue, the procedure aims to eliminate cancer cells entirely.

About Excisional Surgery for Skin Cancer Care

Excisional surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout the surgery. The surgeon will then carefully remove the cancerous lesion along with a small, surrounding margin of healthy skin.

Once the cancerous tissue is removed, the surgeon may close the wound with stitches. The excised tissue will be sent to a laboratory for further examination to confirm that all cancer cells have been removed. The results will help guide any additional treatment if needed.

Benefits of Excisional Surgery

  • High Success Rate: Excisional surgery effectively removes various skin cancers.
  • Preservation: Maintains both function and appearance of the treated area.
  • Recurrence Reduction: Minimizes the likelihood of cancer coming back.
  • Comprehensive: Offers a complete solution, especially for localized cancers.
  • Outpatient Procedure: Conveniently done without requiring a hospital stay.
  • Localized Treatment: Targets the affected area precisely.
  • Pathology Confirmation: Ensures accurate results for further treatment decisions.
  • Quick Recovery: Allows for a speedy recovery with proper postoperative care.

Excisional Surgery FAQs

Excisional surgery is a procedure to remove skin cancer, involving the precise removal of the cancerous lesion along with a margin of healthy skin.

No, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia to ensure that you do not feel pain during the surgery.

Yes, excisional surgery is commonly performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to return home on the same day.

Scarring is a possibility, but the surgeon aims to minimize it. The extent of scarring depends on factors such as the size and location of the removed tissue.

Excisional surgery is effective for many types of skin cancer, but the suitability depends on factors such as the type, size, and location of the cancer.

Your  provider will determine the frequency of follow-up appointments based on your recovery progress, typically ranging from a few weeks to several months.

What to Expect at Your Excisional Surgery

At your excisional surgery appointment, expect to undergo a comprehensive consultation with your dermatologist to assess the area to be excised and discuss the surgical plan, including anesthesia options and potential risks. During the procedure, you'll receive local anesthesia to numb the area, followed by careful removal of the skin lesion or abnormal tissue. Depending on the size and location of the excision, stitches may be required to close the wound. After the surgery, your dermatologist will provide instructions for wound care and follow-up appointments to monitor healing and ensure optimal results. Overall, expect a thorough and personalized approach to your excisional surgery, with a focus on your comfort and well-being throughout the process.

How to Prepare for Excisional Surgery

Before the surgery, we will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare. This may include fasting before the procedure and discussing any medications you are currently taking. It's essential to follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth and successful surgery.

Planning for Excisional Surgery Recovery and Follow-up Appointments

After excisional surgery, we will provide detailed postoperative care instructions. This may include guidance on wound care, pain management, and any restrictions on activities during the initial recovery period. Following these instructions is crucial for a smooth recovery process.

Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor your recovery and assess the surgical site. Your healthcare provider will check for any signs of infection, ensure proper healing, and discuss the results of the pathology report.