Removal and Repair of Skin Lesions - Process and Procedure

The Process

Most small benign lesions can be removed in the office; larger or clinically suspicious lesions may be more appropriately treated in an operating room.

The Procedure

Other lesions, if suspicious for cancer, may be removed and immediately examined by a pathologist. The pathologist checks the edges of the lesion to ensure complete removal of the cancer. Should tumor cells be found at the edge, additional tissue can be removed and checked until all tumor has been removed. This is sometimes done in conjunction with a dermatologist.