Rodney Surgical Centre
Private Surgical Service
Skin Cancer Surgery
There are three main types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
Surgery to remove skin lesions usually involves local anaesthesia (the area around the scar is numbed by injecting a local anaesthetic) and stitches. You may or may not have a dressing put on the wound and it is important to keep the area dry for 24 hours. Stitches may be removed in 1-2 weeks. You may need to take a few days off work after the surgery.