Excisions | Fort Worth, TX
Fortunately, basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are treatable and there is a variety of options we can use to remove them. One such procedure is the standard excision, which is found to be one of the most effective methods for cancer cells removal.
Excision Surgery: What Is It For?
Excisional surgery is often performed to remove cancer cells from parts of your body like the torso, arms, and upper legs. Moreover, melanoma that has not yet spread beyond the skin can also be treated by this procedure. Smaller tumors on the trunk and extremities whether benign – such as cysts and lipomas – or malignant may be removed and immediately repaired at our office.
The procedure includes removal of cancerous skin along with a certain amount of healthy tissue surrounding it. Excision surgery has a very high cure rate for 95% of patients if the cancer is detected early.
Before the procedure starts, we will first determine whether the area to be operated on is the correct one and we will do so by comparing previous biopsy reports to clinical photographs. Afterwards, we will then use ink to carefully mark the area to be treated around the skin lesion.
A portion of healthy skin – called the margin – is also marked to be removed along with the lesion or skin cancer. In order to numb the skin completely, we administer an anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain.
The excision outline is commonly in the shape of a football and using a scalpel and sharp scissors, we will remove the marked portion of the skin surrounding the lesion. In this way, skin cancer is removed completely and in most cases, can be prevented from spreading to other parts of the body.
Advantages of Excisional Surgery:
There are many advantages to excision surgery compared to other procedures for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma removal. The first and most important advantage is that the cure rate for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cells carcinoma is extremely high – between 92% and 95% – with excision surgery. It is an effective and quick technique as the surgery can usually be completed in one only session.
Another advantage of surgical excision is that the cancerous area or the excised tissue is sent to the laboratory after the procedure and examined to determine whether all cancer cells have been removed and if the margins of the wound are cancer free. With the excellent surgical techniques that we possess, we will ensure that any risks associated with the procedure such as bleeding, pain, infection or scarring are minimized.
Excisional Surgery Recovery:
Excision surgery does create a larger wound than the lesion treated originally was and this is done to ensure that all cancer cells are removed and the tissue surrounding the lesion is free of cancer. The recovery period usually takes up to two weeks, although wound healing process may vary depending on the size of the area treated.
The technique used to repair the wound may also affect the healing process, therefore, we do our best to efficiently repair the wound to shorten the recovery time. If stitches are used to sew the skin back, they are usually removed 1-2 weeks after the procedure. However, if stitches or sutures cannot be used in certain parts of the body, a skin flap or a skin graft will be used to repair the wound.
Early Detection and Prevention:
Prevention is the best form of treatment for any type of disease, especially cancer. Cancer is more easily treated if detected early and that also ensures a higher cure rate. To be able to detect any abnormalities in their early stages, schedule an appointment with us at least once a year – we will perform the skin exam and check whether there are any suspicious lesions.
Routine check-ups should be performed on a regular basis in order to prevent spreading of the skin cancer to other parts of the body, as it is much harder to treat and poses a serious threat to your life if not caught early. These routine check-ups do not only have to be performed by healthcare specialists – you can perform a check-up by yourself at home and examine your skin from head to toe in order to check for any abnormalities.
Observe the pattern of moles, blemishes, birthmarks, and freckles and possibly take photographs if you notice anything suspicious. Perform the check-up once a month in front of a large mirror, but if you find it difficult to perform the check-up alone, especially with areas that are hard to see such as your back or scalp, arrange that a friend or family member help you.
Skin cancer can develop on any part of the body including the places you deem most unlikely, so be sure to examine your ears, nails, scalp, your back and every other part of your body. If you notice anything suspicious, seek medical help immediately.
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Early detection is the key to treating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma successfully. If you have noticed anything unusual on your skin or you have a lesion that you want to be checked, call us today to schedule an appointment. Our team of professionals will perform the skin exam and determine the proper treatment for you.