Skin surgery aims to physically remove a cancerous lesion from your skin and is very successful for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. At Texas Skin Cancer Center in Kingwood, Pearland, and Houston, Texas, Joseph Sedrak, MD, performs traditional excision and Mohs surgery techniques. To find out if skin surgery is the right approach to skin cancer treatment for you, call Texas Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.
Skin surgery is often a great treatment option for various forms of skin cancer, like basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma. Surgery involves the physical removal of a cancerous lesion from your skin. You can follow with reconstructive surgery to minimize scarring in some cases.
If skin surgery is the most fitting treatment for your skin cancer case, Dr. Sedrak starts the process by numbing the area with local anesthesia. He then performs the surgery to physically remove the lesion. If it’s possible that the cancer has spread beyond the borders of the lesion, he might follow your skin surgery with radiation or other cancer-killing treatments.
Dr. Sedrak specializes in two main types of skin surgery to remove or treat skin cancer. After evaluating the lesion and testing it with a biopsy, he might recommend:
Excision is the traditional option for skin surgery. Dr. Sedrak removes the lesion in its entirety along with a margin of healthy skin and tissue surrounding it. This ensures that the surgery removes cancer cells that have begun to spread to nearby tissue.
Mohs surgery is a modern type of skin surgery that minimizes scarring and healthy tissue loss. During the surgery, Dr. Sedrak excises a small amount of tissue and tests it under a microscope for cancerous cells. He repeats the process until the final sample contains no cancerous cells. For nonmelanoma cancers, Mohs surgery has a 98% cure rate.
Preparing for skin surgery is usually pretty simple because excision and Mohs surgery are minor surgeries that don’t require general anesthesia. Before your surgery, Dr. Sedrak might ask about the medications and supplements you take regularly. In some cases, he advises you to adjust your dosage or avoid certain medications right before the surgery.
On the day of your surgery, you should:
You should stop smoking about two weeks before your surgery and continue your smoking cessation until at least two weeks after the surgery. Dr. Sedrak might give you additional instructions based on your general health and the type of surgery you get.
To further explore your skin surgery options for skin cancer, call Texas Skin Cancer Center or book an appointment online today.