Skin Cancer Surgery at Elanic Medical

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, one of the most effective ways to combat this condition is with surgical removal. The goal of skin cancer surgery is to remove the cancerous cells from the skin while minimizing damage to nearby healthy tissue, and we’re proud to be offering this procedure to patients in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Here at Elanic Medical, we offer the most advanced procedural options available, brought to you by an extensively trained staff of expert surgeons. To learn more about what we can do for you, reach out to Elanic in Glasgow and set up your consultation today.

Types of Skin Cancer

The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and is typically found on the face, neck, and other sun-exposed areas of the body.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer and is typically found on the face, neck, and hands. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.

When Is Skin Cancer Surgery Recommended?

Skin cancer surgery is typically recommended when the cancerous cells are localized and have not spread to other parts of the body. Surgery may also be recommended for individuals with larger or more aggressive tumors. In some cases, additional treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended in conjunction with surgery.

Your Consultation

Before undergoing skin cancer surgery, we’ll have you visit our office for a consultation with an expert surgeon. During this consultation, your surgeon will examine the area of concern and determine if surgery is necessary. If surgery is recommended, your surgeon will provide more information about the procedure and answer any questions you may have about the experience.

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Your Skin Cancer Surgery Procedure

Skin cancer surgery is a common treatment option for individuals who have been diagnosed with skin cancer. The procedure involves the removal of cancerous cells from the skin, and it can be performed using a variety of techniques. Here is a closer look at the skin cancer surgery procedure, including anesthesia options, surgical techniques, and reconstructive options.

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Surgical Techniques

The choice of surgical technique will depend on the type and location of the cancer, as well as the patient's overall health. There are several surgical techniques that can be used to remove skin cancer, including:

  • Excision: This involves cutting out the cancerous tissue along with a small margin of healthy tissue around it.
  • Mohs surgery: This is a specialized technique that involves removing the cancer layer by layer, with each layer being examined under a microscope until all the cancer cells have been removed.
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation: This involves scraping away the cancerous tissue and then using an electric current to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
  • Cryosurgery: This involves freezing the cancerous tissue to destroy it.

Reconstructive Options

After the cancerous tissue has been removed, the surgeon will need to reconstruct the area to minimize scarring and restore function.

There are several reconstructive options available, including:

  • Primary closure involves stitching the edges of the wound together to close it.
  • Skin grafting sees your surgeon taking skin from another part of the body and using it to cover the wound.
  • Flap reconstruction is the final step, and involves taking skin and tissue from a nearby area and using it to cover the wound.

Avoiding Cancer Prevention

Preventing the recurrence of skin cancer is an important part of follow-up care. Patients should take steps to protect their skin from further damage and reduce their risk of developing new skin cancers. Some strategies for preventing skin cancer include:

  • Limiting exposure to UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds
  • Wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and hats, when outdoors
  • Applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 regularly and reapplying every two hours or after swimming or sweating
  • Avoiding peak sun hours when the sun is strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Checking the skin regularly for any changes or new growths and reporting any concerns to the doctor immediately
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