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Does it take more than one shot for skin cancer surgery?
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5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
When removing skin for skin cancer, the skin that is removed needs to be checked ny a pathologist under the microscope to make sure all the cancer is removed.
If skin cancer remains, a second surgery is necessary to remove the residual cancer. A second surgery is required about 5% of the time.

In brief: Depends
When removing skin for skin cancer, the skin that is removed needs to be checked ny a pathologist under the microscope to make sure all the cancer is removed.
If skin cancer remains, a second surgery is necessary to remove the residual cancer. A second surgery is required about 5% of the time.
Dr. Matthew Lublin
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
Depends on cancer and technique.
If u do mohs surgery for basal cell then the answer is one and done. If it is for melanoma or you don't do mohs then it may be more.

In brief: Sometimes
Depends on cancer and technique.
If u do mohs surgery for basal cell then the answer is one and done. If it is for melanoma or you don't do mohs then it may be more.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If there is a small area being treated, it can be injected though one site usually.
Larger excisions need multiple injections to numb fully. However, as the initial injection works, the other injection sites may not be felt.

In brief: Depends
If there is a small area being treated, it can be injected though one site usually.
Larger excisions need multiple injections to numb fully. However, as the initial injection works, the other injection sites may not be felt.
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The size of the lesion dictates how many shots of local anesthesia are needed.

In brief: Depends
The size of the lesion dictates how many shots of local anesthesia are needed.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It can
Skin cancers can spread superficially or deep.
All the cells or roots need to be removed in order to prevent further spread. Mohs is the only procedure that can ensure that all the skin cancer is removed with one procedure. All other procedures might require multiple attempts.

In brief: It can
Skin cancers can spread superficially or deep.
All the cells or roots need to be removed in order to prevent further spread. Mohs is the only procedure that can ensure that all the skin cancer is removed with one procedure. All other procedures might require multiple attempts.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology
In brief: Skin cancer
There are different techniques to remove skin cancer.
The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained.

In brief: Skin cancer
There are different techniques to remove skin cancer.
The technique that has the highest cure rate and that spares the most normal tissue is called mohs micrographic surgery. This method allows the cancer to be traced out under the microscope by examining the entire periphery of the excised tumor. If any roots are seen the excision and microscopic checking continues until tumor free plane obtained.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Don't let it stop u
It may indeed take multiple shots of numbing medicine to remove a skin cancer, but it certainly is worthwhile.
Discuss with your surgeon...It may be feasible to perform the skin cancer removal under anesthesia or with some adjunctive medications to help with anxiety. If you have a skin cancer, don't let a needle phobia keep you from getting appropriate treatment, it could save your life!

In brief: Don't let it stop u
It may indeed take multiple shots of numbing medicine to remove a skin cancer, but it certainly is worthwhile.
Discuss with your surgeon...It may be feasible to perform the skin cancer removal under anesthesia or with some adjunctive medications to help with anxiety. If you have a skin cancer, don't let a needle phobia keep you from getting appropriate treatment, it could save your life!
Dr. Mike Bowman
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