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Excision of Skin Lesion


Excision of a skin lesion is surgery to remove a piece of skin tissue. The skin tissue may be malignant (skin cancer) or it may be benign. Benign means the skin tissue does not have cancer cells and cannot spread.


Seek care immediately if:

  • Your stitches come apart and the wound opens.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have pain in your incision that does not get better with medicine.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, bleeding, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Care for your wound as directed:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. You may take a shower 24 hours after your surgery. Do not soak in water (bathtub, hot tub, swimming pool) until after your stitches have been removed. Check your wound for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or pus drainage.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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