What is Surgical Excision?
Baton Rouge plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez, consults with patients to determine if an abnormal skin growth is cancerous, and if it is in appropriate area to perform an outpatient surgical excision. With this procedure, Dr. Sanchez will remove the cancerous growth, along with the bordering tissue, which may appear to be normal. The excised tissue is then sent to a pathologist for additional testing to determine if the skin is cancer-free. If the tissue proves to be cancerous, another procedure would be needed to remove all the cancer. The highly skilled Dr. Sanchez, at our Central Louisiana location, expertly performs surgical excisions for small or large growths on the skin.
Surgical excision is an invasive procedure, and anesthesia will be given. If a lesion is larger and in a more difficult location, general anesthesia would be required. Before the surgery, the doctor will thoroughly sanitize the treatment area and administer anesthesia. The cancer will first be removed using a scalpel with horizontal cuts around the lesion, including the surrounding healthy tissue.
Minor excisions can be sutured closed. With larger excisions, a skin graft or flap may be needed. Then, medications will be applied to stop any bleeding and an antibiotic ointment to accelerate the healing process. Lastly, a sterile badge will be applied to shield the wound from infection.
"Very happy with my procedure. Very natural looking!"- E.E. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2018
"He is phenomenal! From Making a decision to actually getting a procedure done it was a 3 year long journey with anual visits and updates. Each and every time him and his staff were sooooo kind, knowledgeable and made sure we were comfortable. The day of the procedure he was there early , introduced me to everyone who would also be in the operating room and all of them were also comforting and keep reassuring us that “everything would be well!!” Every post op visit has been a great experience. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. SANCHEZ AND HIS STAFF. We give him not 10, but 11 (eleven) stars."- A.P. / Facebook / Aug 14, 2019
"I had a neck/chin liposuction yesterday with some fat transferred to my under eye area for a fuller, more awake look. My experience was amazing from the start! Dr. Sanchez and everyone in the office was so sweet! Not to mention everyone who took care of me at the surgery center. I mean absolutely personable and friendly people. He is also very knowledgable and knows what he's doing! It's the day after the procedure and my under eyes look SO SO SO SO GOOD! I was kind of nervou...s because it's the forefront of my face that everyone will see, but as soon as I came out of anesthesia my husband said he's glad I did it and it looked amazing. I have no puffiness or black eyes, although I have been lightly rubbing arnica bruise cream every 8 hours, arnica pills and pineapple juice. He has great bedside manners and truly cares about his work. I will be going back to him for a tummy tuck after I have kids to hide some 3rd degree burn scars I have on my stomach from a BBL from a plastic surgeon in Florida. I wont ever go to another plastic surgeon. I recommend!!!"- C.E. / Facebook / Aug 10, 2019
"Love this Doctor. Great bedside manner."- B.C. / Facebook / Aug 06, 2019
"He is meticulous, attentive and a wonderful doctor who is talented & passionate."- K.M. / Facebook / Apr 26, 2019
What to Expect
As a local anesthesia is applied for surgical excision, a patient should not feel pain throughout the procedure, however, an uncomfortable pushing sensation maybe felt as the cuts are being made. Surgery time is dependent on the patient’s health, how large the melanoma is at the time of the surgery, and location of the growth on the body. If the melanoma is deep within the skin, a wider border of the healthy skin is taken. It is also possible that the doctor may remove fat and tissue from underneath the melanoma.
After the Excision
Following the surgery, the patient may be advised to take an over-the-counter medication to lessen pain (a burning sensation or general discomfort in the area where the cancer was removed). Patients can also expect some scarring and redness for the first few weeks, but over time, it will fade. Plus, there are creams or gels that can be applied to help lighten the scar. We recommend placing a bandage on the treatment site before going outside in the sun to protect the wound. Recovery and downtime generally depends on the extent of the excision and the location of the treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
Excise Your Melanoma Safely
If you encounter a growth on the skin that appears to be atypical, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. As the growth could be cancerous, an excision may be warranted. This type of surgery can remove all of the cancer before it spreads to surrounding skin or other body parts, and it allows for cells to undergo further testing to confirm that all cancer has been removed. Meet with a trained medical professional to examine the growth, provide your personal medical and family history and discuss if a surgical excision is appropriate.