Skin cancer excision details
Most skin cancers can be treated with comfortable, in-office excision and repaired during the first office visit. On the day of your surgery, the area to be treated will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Your surgeon will then remove the tumor with a scalpel, as well as the surrounding healthy skin.
If you are not having Mohs surgery, the tissue that was removed will be sent to be examined. With Mohs surgery, the tissue is examined during the surgery.
What happens after the tumor and tissue is removed will depend on the specific reconstructive decisions that you and your surgeon have previously made. If you have chosen to undergo reconstruction, it will be performed at this time, before the wound is closed.