Wide local excision is performed to remove a small area of problematic or diseased tissue with a margin of normal tissue. This procedure can be performed on any area of the body but is generally performed on the breast and skin lesions. Dr. Madhu Prasad, an experienced general surgeon in Anchorage, AK, and his team are qualified and trained to perform wide local excisions with successful results.
You may need to undergo wide local excision in the following conditions:
To remove benign and malignant lesions (up to 4 cm in diameter) in the breasts
To treat skin cancer which has spread to other parts of the body
To treat skin cancer that has occurred in the same place
You are in an early stage of melanoma
If melanoma has spread to the lymph nodes
Local anesthesia is used during wide local excision. Your surgeon will make a small cut on your skin to remove the cancerous region and other normal tissues surrounding it. The wound will be closed with stitches. The removed tissue will be sent to a laboratory for further analysis.
You may go home the same day. In some cases, your surgeon may ask you to stay in the hospital for a day or two for observation.
It takes 2 to 3 weeks to heal. If a large area of skin is removed, healing may take longer.
At Far North Surgery, we are committed to providing high-quality medical care and shorter recovery time to our patients. Our team uses the latest tools and procedures to perform wide local excisions to achieve the best results.
Call us at 907-276-3676 to get more information about wide local excisions or if you have any questions.