Excision: An excision is when a dermatologist surgically removes harmful or
unwanted tissue such as skin cancers or cysts. It’s highly effective and can usually
be completed in one appointment. The surgery is done under local anesthesia and
does not require sedation.
Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for surgery can help your procedure
go as smoothly as possible. Dr Brantley will answer all your questions and help put
you at ease. In the meantime, please see the following list of Do’s and Don’ts to help
prepare for your procedure.
If Bleeding Occurs:
Apply direct firm pressure for 15 minutes. NO PEEKING or releasing the pressure for
the entire duration. If this does not stop the bleeding, apply an ice bag (over a cloth, never in direct contact with the skin) for 15 minutes, then repeat the direct firm
pressure over the wound for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, call the clinic. If it is
after hours, proceed to the ER.
What to expect:
A small rim of redness around the wound is normal. Minor itching may occur. Some
pink or clear yellow drainage is normal.
Mild discomfort is normal. Most patients do not require medication for pain. Tylenol
is a good first medication for pain, if needed. Follow the dosing recommendations
on the bottle. Please do not take Tylenol if you have liver disease or other reasons
decided by your doctor. Ibuprofen and aspirin can help with pain, but they increase
the risk of bleeding.
When to call the clinic:
Anytime you have questions or concerns.
If you experience signs of infection such as extending redness, increasing pain,
drainage that turns milky yellow or green or fever occurs at the surgical site.
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