Reconstructive Skin Cancer Procedure Information

Qualifications

  • Biopsy proving skin cancer


Preparation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current ones

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

  • Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and someone to stay with you the first night following surgery


Recovery

Skin cancer removal surgery recovery is fairly easy. Incision sites may be sore, red or drain small amount of fluid. You will be able to return to light activity as instructed by your surgeon. Try to avoid movement that stresses your wound or sutures. Healing will continue for many weeks/months as incision lines continue to improve In some cases, secondary procedures may be required to complete or refine your reconstruction. A void sun exposure as new cancer may develop or scars can become raised, red, or discolored.


  • *Are not limited to:

  • Recurrence

  • Poor scarring

  • Incomplete removal

  • Skin loss

  • Need for additional surgery

Unlikely Complications