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Excision (7528)

Excision (7528) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Dermatology



Excision is a way of removing skin cancers
or non-cancerous skin growths with surgery.
An extra margin of normal skin around the
area may also be taken to help with the cure
rate for skin cancer. You have been
scheduled in our clinic because your
provider decided that an excision is the best
for you.

Preparing for surgery
On the day of your surgery, wash the area
with antibacterial soap before coming to
clinic. If the procedure is on your face, do
not wear make-up, including eye make-up.
Wear comfortable, layered clothing.

You may eat regular meals on the day of
surgery, including breakfast. You may
bring headphones and music to listen to
during the surgery. As a courtesy to all
patients, we ask that all cell phones and
pagers be turned off in the procedure

Take all routine prescribed medicines,
including any prescribed for blood
thinning. Medicines that relax you (anti-
anxiety) can be taken if prescribed by your
primary doctor. Bring them with you and
take only after you have talked with the
surgeon and agreed to the procedure. Do
not take them at home. You will need to
have a driver if you decide to use these

If your skin cancer or non-cancerous growth
is around your mouth or lips, you may need
to take antibiotics before surgery. Also, if
you have had a heart valve replacement,
joint replacement, or organ transplant.
Please ask your primary doctor about
prescriptions before your appointment.

Bring a complete list of current medicines
that you take, including dosage. Bring a
list of your past and present health problems
and surgeries. We need to know of any
implanted devices such as a pacemaker or

Relatives or friends may come with you to
your appointment. They will need to stay in
the waiting room during the procedure. If
you have surgery near the eye, forehead, or
upper cheek, there may be swelling affecting

Day of surgery
When you arrive, you will check in at the
registration desk, or a kiosk. In clinic, the
staff and the surgeon will explain the
treatment you will have. You will be given
a local anesthetic to numb the area. The
skin cancer or non-cancerous growth will be
removed with surgery. Your surgeon will
decide what is best for healing. This may
include healing naturally, closing with
stitches, or doing a skin flap or graft. Rarely
is there a need for repair by a plastic
surgeon. It will depend on the size of the
wound, location on the body, and what you

After surgery
As with any surgery, there will be
instructions to make sure of the best
outcome for you. For a few days after

surgery, you may have pain, fatigue and
swelling which will limit how much you can
do. Depending on the body part involved,
you will have weight and activity
restrictions for one to several weeks. Your
surgeon will talk with you after surgery is

You will return to the clinic or see your
local provider to have the stitches removed
in 1 to 3 weeks depending on the location of
the site. You will need routine follow up
skin exams. You may schedule here, with
your referring dermatologist, or with your
primary doctor. The surgeon will help you
decide this after your visit. All forms of
skin surgery will leave a scar. Most sites
heal very well. Many take up to a full year.
Future questions or concerns about a scar
can be addressed to our staff.

Insurance and billing
To make sure you have correct and prompt
insurance and billing processing, please
have a referral from your regular provider
(UWHC or from an outside facility) before
your appointment here. This will help avoid

For UW Health physician billing questions
call the UW Medical Foundation at 608-
833-6090. For UW Health clinic billing
questions you can call 608-262-2221.

Priceline can give estimates of cost at 608-

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have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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