When you arrive for surgery, you will check in and then be called back by the assistant. Your doctor will discuss the procedure and answer any questions. The area to be treated will be cleansed and anesthetized with local injection. The tissue will be removed, photos will be taken, and a bandage placed on the wound. You will wait while the tissue is prepared and examined in the lab while we see if there is additional tumor that must be removed. If so, the doctor will take another layer of tissue and check it again. This may happen for several layers.
After the cancer is completely removed, a decision will be made on the best reconstructive method for repairing the wound created by surgery. Once the reconstruction is completed, a pressure dressing is applied. Although the average length of time is approximately 3-4 hours, you should plan on being there most of the day.