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Mole Or Nevus Excision
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Mole excision is a procedure done to remove a mole (nevus) from your skin. You may need a mole removed so it can be checked for cancer, or to decrease tenderness. You may also have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
Before your procedure:
- Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.
- Pre-op care: Your mole and the area around it is cleaned.
- Local anesthesia: You may need local anesthesia if you need a biopsy. This medicine will numb the area and dull your pain. You may still feel pressure or pushing during the procedure after you get this medicine.
During your procedure:
Your caregiver may use liquid nitrogen (gas) to freeze and numb your skin. Your mole may be shaved off or cut out. Once your mole is removed, pressure will be applied to the area if there is bleeding. Your caregiver may also use a chemical or heat to stop any bleeding. For a large incision, skin grafts may be used to cover the area and close the wound. A skin graft is usually taken from another area of your body. Once your mole is removed, your caregiver may use stitches to close your skin. The removed mole may be sent to a lab for tests. You may have medicine put on your skin to prevent an infection. You may need a bandage over your wound. Your caregiver will tell you when you can go home.
You may have an allergic reaction to the medicine used during your procedure. You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may have swelling and changes in the color of your skin where your mole was removed. Fluid or pus may drain from your wound. A scar may form in the area where your mole was removed. Even after surgery, your mole may grow back. If you choose not to have your mole removed and it contains cancer cells, the cancer may spread. This may be life-threatening.
CARE AGREEMENT:You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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