Reconstruction after Skin Cancer Surgery
- Posted on: Apr 15 2017
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The primary goal of skin cancer treatment is to remove abnormal skin cells in their entirety – every last one of them. The reconstruction of the surgical site has historically been a secondary goal. That being said, surgical methodologies have evolved over time with the intent of improving patient outcomes both regarding reduced risk of recurrence and aesthetic value. This is one of the many reasons why Dr. Hussain is proud to be a fellowship trained the Mohs surgeon.
Once the Mohs procedure has been performed, we move on to the topic of wound repair. In many cases, the Mohs technique minimizes the extent of reconstruction that is necessary. Exploring options for reconstruction remains an important aspect of the process of overcoming skin cancer. Sometimes, it is possible to discuss reconstruction at the onset of the treatment protocol, and plan that reconstruction to occur immediately after Mohs surgery. However, it is not always easy to estimate the full extent of invasiveness of any lesion, which means that reconstruction may need to take place in the days after this initial removal of cancerous tissue.
How reconstruction is performed is based on several factors related to the skin cancer lesion, including its location, depth of its roots, and the overall size of the growth. Some of the common options for reconstruction include:
- Secondary-intention healing may occur on its own. This is most likely when the treated skin cancer is quite small and simple.
- Stitches may be placed to close the surgical wound that is slightly larger in size.
- Tissue grafting is another common method of reconstruction, involving the harvesting of tissue from one area to close a deep wound in another.
- In some instances, a reconstructive specialist is brought in to discuss options for wound closure.
Managing Recovery after Mohs
Follow-up is an important aspect of care for any skin cancer patient, even those who choose Mohs to remove abnormal growths. These visits are integral to early detection for any new skin cancers, which are more likely once an initial skin cancer has been detected. In addition to comprehensive skin examinations, the doctor may also discuss methods of prevention, including the appropriate use of broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Competency and quality are standards that are valued by your fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hussain, call our West Yorkshire office at 07580 411 350.
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