University Surgical Associates is here to help wherever you are in your skin cancer journey. We assist patients that have just received news of a possible melanoma diagnosis, as well as patients that already have a diagnosis. Learn more about the different types of skin cancer surgeries:
Melanoma surgery is a procedure to remove melanomas, which are a type of skin cancer. The most common type of melanoma surgery is wide excision melanoma surgery. This involves removing the melanoma along with a surrounding margin of healthy tissue. The width of the margin depends on the size and location of the melanoma. Melanoma surgery is often performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can go home the same day as the procedure.
Recovery from melanoma surgery usually takes one to two weeks. During this time, you may have some pain, swelling, and bruising. You will also need to avoid strenuous activity and exposure to sunlight while your incision heals. Melanoma surgery is usually successful in treating melanomas. However, it is important to have regular follow-up appointments with your doctor to check for recurrence.