Skin cancer surgery is the removal of a skin cancer under local anaesthetic. The skin cancer will usually be removed with a safety margin of normal looking skin, as per the national guidelines for the tumour type. The wound that results may be stitched together as a straight line. Occasionally the wound is left to heal naturally or covered with adjacent skin.
To prepare for the procedure you should follow the steps below:
- Prepare a list of medications that you are taking. Ensure you have you have notified your Dermatologist if you are on any blood thinning medications such as aspirin or warfarin, in case these need to be stopped.
- Make sure you have a supply of your usual painkiller such as paracetamol.
- Eat and drink normally. Light meals are preferable on the day of the procedure.
“Many skin cancers can be successfully treated by removing them under local anaesthetic.”