Sometimes skin ailments require surgical intervention. In our Columbus-area offices, we perform a variety of surgical procedures to remove tissue from areas of concern so our pathologists can determine if cancerous cells exist and if further treatment is needed.
If you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, call (614) 898-7546 to speak with one of our surgical specialists about your treatment options today.
A punch biopsy is used to remove a small section of surface tissue and deeper layers in areas where cancer is suspected. We use stitches to close the wound, but scarring is usually minimal.
For superficial cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamos cell carcinoma, we apply a shave biopsy process to remove the tumor. Using a scalpel, we shave off the cancerous area and some surrounding normal tissue. Then, we apply topical care and dressings to help the wound heal with minimal scarring.
Excision means "removal by cutting." Most often this method is used to treat melanoma, but it also can be used to treat non-melanoma cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamos cell carcinoma, two of the most common types of skin cancer.
During the excision process, we remove the tumor and a small amount of normal tissue, called the margin, from around the border of the tumor.