Skin Cancer & Skin Lesion Removal

SKIN CANCER REMOVAL

OVERVIEW

There are a number of different forms of skin cancer which vary in their incidence and seriousness. All require treatment and for the majority this involves surgical removal so that it can be analysed in a laboratory. The most common form of skin cancer in the UK is Basal Cell Carcinoma (also known as BCC or rodent ulcer).

THE PROCEDURE

Most skin cancer removal can be performed with a local anaesthetic (the patient remains awake). The skin around the lesion is made numb through an injection and the area is cleaned and covered in sterile drapes . Once the skin has been injected the skin cancer is surgically removed and the resulting wound is carefully stitched closed. If it is too large to stitch, plastic surgery techniques such as skin grafting or the use of skin flaps may be required to close the wound.

SKIN LESION REMOVAL

OVERVIEW

Removal of simple skin lesions such as a mole or “lump” or skin tag is usually performed under local anaesthetic. The lesion is surgically removed and the resulting wound is carefully stitched.

THE PROCEDURE

The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic (the patient remains awake). The skin around the lesion is made numb through an injection. The area is cleaned and covered in sterile drapes . Once the skin lesion is removed, any bleeding is stopped with surgical cautery, the wound is carefully stitched and a discrete dressing is placed over it. Occasionally, if the wound is very small it is possible to use a dressing alone, instead of stitches.

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