Skin cancer excision creates a tissue defect that may require surgical repair. Each of the many reconstructive techniques is used for different types of skin cancer defects. The surgical repair can be done by the Mohs dermatologist or may require reconstruction by a plastic surgeon. Certain defects do not require surgical repair at all as the body heals itself. Careful planning is necessary to achieve great results and to avoid problems.
Planning for surgical repair of skin cancer removal starts many days before Mohs surgery. Either the Mohs dermatologist or the reconstructive plastic surgeon make the determination of what kind of reconstruction will be required. Predicting the extent of the cancer defect and the reconstructive technique takes experience. Accurate prediction makes for good planning and allows patients to plan their lives accordingly.
Decisions prior to skin cancer reconstruction may include:
The specific reconstructive plan is based on several factors:
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