This procedure is relatively small and is typically performed using local anesthesia.
Your doctor will use stitches or clips to secure the area where the tissue was removed. Initially, this might cause a slight sensation of tightness. Yet, the surrounding skin will naturally stretch as the healing progresses, and the tightness should gradually subside.
In the days following the wide local excision, you may experience tightness and tenderness in the treated area. Your specialist will prescribe pain medication if needed to ensure your comfort during recovery.
How Long Does A Wide Local Excision Take To Heal?
The time it takes to recover will vary depending on the thickness of the melanoma and the extent of the surgery required. Most people recover in 1–2 weeks. The doctor will tell you how long to wait before returning to your usual exercise and activities.
How Will You Get The Results?
The excised skin sample will be sent to the Pathology Department for evaluation, and based on the test results, you may or may not require a follow-up appointment.