Skin Lesion Surgery

There are many kinds of skin lesions, these are nodules that are slightly elevated either on or inside of the skin. The depth of these are far more significant than the width. Some are fixed above the skin while others are in the subcutaneous skin below.


What are Skin Lesions?

Skin lesions come in many forms, some you may have had all of your life, and include cystsmoles and freckles. The problems do not arise simply from having these features, though some people may choose to have them removed for no other reason than aesthetic purposes. The medical issues that come with skin lesions arise when they begin to grow, change in color, and have an asymmetrical formation or uneven borders. For instance, a mole that has multiple shades throughout, or bleeds and does not heal quickly. A lesion that is red, itchy or is obviously evolving in size should be immediately checked.

Other types of skin lesions, such as skin tags are generally not harmful and often occur with age, but can be removed if they become inflamed or irritated. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and are spread by touch. You can treat them with topical remedies, but if they persist Dr. Otah can remove them surgically. .


What to Expect During Surgery

Dr. Otah can perform these procedures quickly, and using surgical instruments.  The removal will be relatively painless. Skin lesions  that reside under the skin may require stitches or skin glue to close the procedure site.


Recovering From Laparoscopic Skin Lesion Surgery

Generally this is an outpatient surgery that will not require an overnight hospital stay. Your home recovery will vary dependent on the site of the removal and/or amount of lesions removed, but is usually very quick. You will be able to return to normal activities at Dr. Otah’s advisement, most of the time the day after the procedure.


Possible Risks/Complications

Most of the time, there are very few risks involved with laparoscopic skin lesion removals. Complications are extremely rare, but may include:

  • possible bleeding
  • bruising, infection
  • scar formation
  • wound separation
  • chronic pain or numbness

If you have been told by your general practitioner that you may need to schedule skin lesion removal surgery, the Center for General & Laparoscopic Surgery is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.