An excision procedure appointment is a medical appointment where a patient may have tissue removed from their body. The tissue may be a lesion, tumour, cyst or other growth. The procedure may be done for diagnostic purposes, to remove a growth that is causing pain or symptoms, or for cosmetic reasons.
How Will My Excision Procedure Be Completed?
During an excision procedure, you’ll be taken to a sterile environment for the procedure.
It’s important to note that the process may slightly vary based on individual needs and the specific nature of the tissue being excised.
Post-procedure care is crucial for optimal recovery and healing. It involves keeping the area clean and dry to prevent infection, and avoiding strenuous activities that could disrupt the healing process. Pain can usually be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain relief, although discomfort should lessen significantly within a few days. It’s also important to attend any follow-up appointments to have stitches removed and ensure healing is progressing as expected.
While generally deemed safe, excision procedures, like all medical procedures, come with potential risks and complications. These may include bleeding, infection, scarring and in some cases, an allergic reaction to anaesthesia. The likelihood of complications varies depending on individual health conditions and the specific nature of the procedure. Please discuss any concerns or medical conditions you may have during your appointment.
It’s important to consider all available treatment options before deciding on an excision procedure. Depending on the nature of the tissue or growth, other potential treatments might be viable, such as cryotherapy (freezing), electrosurgery (burning) or laser therapy. The best course of action should always be based on a comprehensive evaluation of your unique situation and medical history.
How can I prepare for the procedure?
Before the procedure, it’s advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. If you’re taking any medication, continue your usual routine unless directed otherwise.
What can I expect during recovery?
You may experience some discomfort, swelling, or redness in the area where the excision was performed. These are normal post-procedure symptoms and should subside within a few days.
How long does it take for the area to fully heal?
Healing times can vary depending on the size and location of the excision, as well as individual health factors. Generally, you can expect the area to heal within 1-2 weeks.
Can I return to work or school after the procedure?
Most people can return to work or school within a couple of days post-procedure. However, it’s recommended to avoid strenuous physical activity until the area has completely healed.
What should I do if complications arise?
If you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding, or signs of infection (like increasing redness, swelling, or pus), seek immediate medical attention. It’s important to communicate any concerns or changes you notice during your recovery.
Are there any lifestyle modifications I need to make post-procedure?
In general, you should avoid exposing the healing area to direct sunlight and abstain from activities that could potentially cause injury to the area until it has fully healed.