Excision and excision biopsy

Also known as: 

Surgical removal

Excision is a minor surgical procedure where a doctor cuts out a spot or lump on the skin. It is normally performed in the skin cancer clinic under a local anaesthetic. After the spot is removed, it is analysed under a microscope by a skin pathologist to look for signs of skin cancer.

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Procedures

Excision is a minor surgical procedure where a doctor cuts out a spot or lump on the skin. This enables diagnosis of the removed piece of skin by a skin pathologist.

These instructions are for patients who have had excision with sutures (stitches) performed at Molescreen Skin Cancer Clinic.

Most people don’t need any special preparation for a skin excision, but in many cases simple planning can make the procedure go much more smoothly.

All excisions leave a scar. We can never guarantee that there will be no scar after your procedure, and in some cases in spite of our best efforts there will be an unsightly scar.

Excision is a surgical procedure with potential complications like any other surgery. It is very important to understand the risks before you proceed with the excision.

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