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Skin cancer surgery is an effective procedure to treat skin cancer that has not spread, which involves removing the entire tumor. Surgery can also be performed on those with more aggressive skin cancer. The most common skin cancer surgeries are Mohs surgery, excision, curettage and electrodesiccation, cryosurgery, laser surgery, as well as lymph node biopsy and removal.
The most effective skin cancer surgery is Mohs surgery, which removes skin cancer tumors while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. However, depending on your specific case, your doctor may recommend excision to cut or shave a growth off your skin or a procedure called curettage and electrodesiccation to remove a skin lesion. In some cases, cryosurgery and laser surgery are performed to kill the cancer cells with liquid nitrogen or a laser beam. These procedures may be performed under general or local anesthetic.
In most cases, you can leave the hospital after the surgery. However, you should plan to stay in Thailand for at least 5 to 7 days to attend follow-up hospital checkups where your surgeon monitors your condition closely to ensure proper healing and to remove stitches.
Recovery from skin cancer surgery can vary depending on the size of the tumor, whether you combine the procedure with reconstruction, and whether lymph nodes were removed. Most people may be able to return to work the day after the surgery, but it is advisable to avoid exercise and heavy lifting for a few days, especially during the first 24 to 48 hours.
Your surgeon will provide a set of detailed instructions on how to care for yourself after surgery, such as dietary restrictions, exercises, and wound care. You may also want to avoid sun exposure after the surgery. Make sure you schedule regular follow-up visits (usually once or twice a year) with your local doctor to spot any new cancer.
Skin cancer surgery is known to be highly successful and effective. Mosh surgery is known to have the highest cure rate of all treatments for basal and squamous cell carcinomas – around 99% for skin cancer that has not been treated before and 95% for recurred skin cancer after previous treatment. The side effects and risks associated with the procedure are bleeding (hematoma), pain, and infection.
Some alternatives treatments for skin cancer besides skin cancer surgery include local radiation, chemotherapy, and photodynamic therapy. Consult with your doctor what is the best option for your specific case.
Skin cancer can be life-threatening and causes painful symptoms. After a successful skin cancer surgery, the risk of dangerous complications will be greatly reduced and you will no longer experience any painful symptoms. Most people will be cured (or in-remission).
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