About Skin Cancer Surgery
The surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery perform surgical procedures to treat a number of common conditions, as well as surgery to remove cancerous and precancerous skin growths. If a patient has been diagnosed with skin cancer, such as Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, or Squamous Cell, our surgeons have the expertise to safely and effectively excise the lesion. When skin cancer is being addressed, the growth will be removed along with bordering tissue, which may appear normal. The removed tissue is sent to our partnering pathology lab for further assessment. If additional surgery is needed, further consultation with the patient will explain the next steps. The highly skilled and surgically trained physicians at our greater Phoenix area surgery centers can perform surgical excisions for both small and large growths on the skin. We work together with your dermatologist or oncologist to make sure the best possible outcome is achieved, both in terms of a successful removal, as well as minimizing scarring.
Surgical excision of skin cancer can be considered minimally invasive in most cases. However, depending on how large or advanced the lesion is, general anesthesia may be required. Prior to surgery, your surgeon will thoroughly clean and sanitize the treatment area and administer either local anesthesia to numb the area on and around the lesion, or use another form of anesthesia. The cancer will first be removed using a scalpel with horizontal cuts around the lesion, including the surrounding healthy tissue.
Minor excisions will be carefully sutured closed. Cancerous lesions that require a deeper or larger excision may require a skin graft or a flap to successfully close the area so that the surface can appear as normal and even as possible. Topical medications will be applied to stop any bleeding and an antibiotic ointment will be used to accelerate the healing process. Finally, a sterile cloth will be applied to securely cover and shield the wound from infection.
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"I ended up with a perforated appendix shortly after New Year's 2019 and in the hospital. Dr. Pepple was assigned to me. He did a wonderful job of explaining the preferred plan of dealing with the situation, reducing the risk of additional complications and getting me on the road to recovery. He was realistic in outlining the timeframes involved in the preferred treatment approach, and flexible in moving up the my surgery once the initial infection was under control."- T.W. / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2019
"Dr. Pepple was assigned to me after I was admitted to the hospital with a perforated appendix. He did a wonderful job of explaining the situation and the preferred treatment approach to reduce the impact of further complications. I highly recommend Dr. Pepple and APS."- T.W. / Google / Mar 12, 2019
"Dr.Pepple was by far and away the most professional doctor I have ever experienced! He consulted with me in the removal of a significantly large growth on the back of my upper leg and although wanted to perform in OR agreed that he could perform in office. He explained the difference between OR and in office and was concerned that I might incur more discomfort in office... we decided to go forward down that path and my experience was outstanding!"- J.J. / Healthgrades / Feb 22, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Amini for just over a year now. I was unfortunate enough to have a very severe case of pancreatitis and diabetic ketoacidosis. The damage inside my body from constant buildup of fluids in pseudocyst all threw out my abdomen presented a very difficult case for my doctors. I was treated at two other hospitals without success while I was slipping deeper and deeper into the effects of my disease. Dr. Amini heard about me through one of his partners and sought me out at another hospital. When he found me he offered to transfer me to honorhealth Shea where he has surgical privileges and he headed up a team of surgeons that saved my life. I've seen all of the physicians at his practice and they have all been wonderful and thoughtful. Dr. Pepple even had a way of cheering me up when I was at my lowest. His bedside manner and personality we're perfectly suited for someone as sick as I was. It's important to have doctors who are human first and can explain everything in a way that is realistic yet comforting.Dr. Amini has performed a few surgeries on me already and we're planning for another rather involved one coming up soon. I could not feel more comfortable under the care of anyone else. I highly recommend this team in this office if you have a serious problem and need true help.There will always be people in my life that I remember and cherish. The members on his team and the staff in his office rank among the highest.I would absolutely recommend this office and this staff with the highest confidence.Michael Malfitano"- M.M. / Google / Feb 09, 2019
What to Expect
If local anesthesia is used for the surgical excision, a patient will not feel pain throughout the procedure. A slight pressure or pushing sensation can usually be felt while the incisions are being made, and while this can be uncomfortable for some individuals, it is not painful. Surgery time is dependent on the location and size of the growth, the patient’s overall health, and how much tissue must be removed during the excision process. If the cancer is deep within the skin, a wider border of the healthy skin will need to be taken. The suturing process will be extended in this case.
After the Excision
Following surgical excision of skin cancer, patients may be advised to take an over-the-counter medication to help minimize discomfort. Most patients will not feel pain, however, if a sizable lesion was removed, a burning sensation or general discomfort may be felt in the first several days of healing. Patients can also expect some swelling and redness over a few days. Once the bandages are removed, scar care post-op treatment will begin almost immediately, utilizing special medicated creams and ointments to help treat the incision and minimize scarring as much as possible. It is important to cover the treated area with a bandage, sunscreen, or clothing before going into the sun as sun exposure can create a discolored scar. Overall, recovery and downtime generally depend on the extent of the excision and the location of the treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 Days
Excise Your Skin Cancer Safely
If you have a growth on the skin that looks abnormal or one that has been diagnosed as precancerous or as skin cancer, surgical removal may be necessary. At Arizona Premier Surgery in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert, AZ, our seasoned and trusted surgeons use advanced surgical methods to remove the cancer before it spreads while evaluating other aspects of the surrounding tissue to ensure a healthy outcome is achieved. Meet with a trained medical professional to examine the growth, and trust the removal of the growth to the surgeons at Arizona Premier Surgery, serving the greater Phoenix area.