Is a hematoma normal after having surgery to remove skin cancer?

No. Hematomas are unusual but is one of the more common complications.
Normal complication. A hematoma is a normal complication that can occur with any surgery. It occurs when there is bleeding under the sutured skin. Depending on the location size and age of the hematoma, the surgeon may elect to do nothing and let the body resorb the hematoma, or it may be drained. However if it is from active bleeding, then the wound needs to be opened and the bleeding controlled. Hope this helps.
Deep bleeding. Hematoma occurs after deep bleeding. If the cancer surgery involved removal of deeper tissues, this might have resulted from bleeding from a deeper blood vessel.

Related Questions

Anyone had skin cancer surgery and end up with a lot more skin removed?

All the time. If you are diagnosed with melanoma by a small biopsy, you will need more skin removed. Read more...
Yes... Most skin cancer excisions are done with some means of checking the margins....Meaning the surgeon will continue to remove skin until the margins are all clear (and no more cancer remains). Larger tumors, recurrent cancers, and tumors in the central face tend to be the ones which can turn out to require a much bigger resection that one might guess before the surgery starts. Read more...
Yes. Standard treatment for melanoma requires taking wide margins determined by the depth of the lesion. The margins or amount of skin can be quite large depending on the invasiveness of the melanoma determined by breslow or clark's staging and can result in a very large scar. Read more...
Yes. Some skin cancers have poorly defined borders and thus only show up on a microscope. Thus more tissue is removed till all cancer is gone even if it wasn't visible to naked eye. Read more...
Yes. It is common to require more skin removed after the initial biopsy. Often what appears on the surface may only be the "tip of the iceberg" especially if the skin cancer has been present for a long time. Read more...
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. Read more...
Skin cancer cure. Skin cancer like all other cancers can become deadly. To ensure complete removal sometimes a lot more skin has to be removed than what you see on the surface. This is done with the help of microscopic examination of the boundaries. So the amount of skin removal is directly related to the amount of skin cancer found under the microscope. Read more...

What types of skin cancer does mohs micrographic surgery remove?

Squamous cancer. Squamous cancer is seen in three forms - bowen's dfisease or cancer in situ, scar carcinoma or change/ulceration in a previously stable scar, and verrucous carcinoma, a low grade malignancy that can be mistaken for a common wart. Read more...
MOHS surgery. , mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (bccs and sccs), the two most common skin cancers. It accomplishes the nifty trick of sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely expunging cancer cells; cure rates for bcc and scc are an unparalleled 98 percent or higher with mohs. Read more...
BCC & SCCA. Basal cells (bcc) and squamous cell (scca) are the two most common skin cancers treated with moh's. As these are the most common types of skin cancer, that works out very well. Moh's surgery is helpful to minimize the size of the defect (yet still effect a cure) in areas where tissue conservation is important, like the face. It is more expensive, however. Read more...
BCC and SCC. Most commonly used for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is the gold standard for treatment of skin cancers on cosmetically sensitive areas on the face such as nose, eyes, lips, ears, and other body parts in which maintaining function by minimizing the amount of tissue removed such as hands, feet, fingers, toes, genitalia, joints is crucial. Read more...
Most types . Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer (including basal cell & squamous cell carcinoma). To learn more visit http://www.Skincancermohssurgery.Org/mohs-surgery/. Read more...

Had a skin cancer biopsy. Told it was basal, had Mohs surgery, but doctor found no cancer! Lab was wrong, or failed to note it was all removed, no?

BCC. This is a common occurrence. But better to side on removal to be safe. Under excised BCCs grow like an iceberg. So instead of blaming be happy your docs took the time just to be sure... Read more...
Not uncommon. When a suspicious mole is removed, many times it removes all the cancer. On pathology, they may not see clear or negative margins, so they report that the edges are not clear. That means it needs to be re-excised to be sure the margins are clear. Many time on re-excision, there is no further evidence of cancer. Now you know the margins of excision are clear and therefore less likely for recurrence. Read more...

Any ideas if I can have excision surgery to remove skin cancer while I am 6 months pregnant?

Yes. If the skin tumor is one that appears easily resctable under local anesthesia ie. lidodcaine, then the answer is a go as long as the amount of Lidocaine is less than 10cc and possible 5 cc, If more is indicated than the procedure might be delayed as long as the tumor is not highly agressive such as malignant melanoma. Read more...
Excision. A small surgical excision of a skin lesion would be okay to perform during pregnancy. Of course you would want to consult with your OB/Gyn first. Read more...

Does it take more than one shot for skin cancer surgery?

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. Read more...
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! Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
Depends. The size of the lesion dictates how many shots of local anesthesia are needed. Read more...
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. Read more...

When do you know they got "enough" during skin cancer surgery?

Pathology report. Depending on the type of skin cancer (melanomas require a larger margin) - the pathologist will use a microscope to look at the edges (margins) of the area removed. Read more...
Microscopic analysis. There are different ways to do it, but when you remove a skin cancer, the surgeon will send the removed skin to the pathologist to have them look at it to assess the tissue. If there is still cancer present on the edges (margins) of the removed skin, your surgeon will need to remove more skin to get all the cancer. Read more...
Mohs surgery. The gold standard is mohs micrographic surgery a process by which the tissue can be examined immediately under the microscope to check all margins to ensure that all the skin cancer is removed. Fellowship trained mohs surgeon can be found thru the american college of mohs surgery (acms): http://www.Mohscollege.Org/acms/. Read more...
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. Read more...
Pathology. The specimen removed is examined by the pathologist to determine clear margins. Different cancers require different minimal distances from the excised tumor to comfortably determine free and safe margins. This pathology exam can be checked after the specimen is removed and wound closed or at the same time as the excision. Read more...
Dermatologic surgeon. Can use a technique called moh's chemosurgery, a painstaking shaving and instant analysis of the "margins" to assure that they are clear. Used mostly with basal and squamous tumors, controversially and occasionally in melanoma. We used to compete in basal; they make the diagnosis. We get few referrals. Read more...
Margin Control. It depends on how the skin cancer is removed. With tradtional surgical excision an appropriate margin is added to the size of the lesion and the tissue removed is sent to a lab for the margin to be checked and ensure the cancer is all gone. With mohs microgrpahic surgery the specimen is checked while the patient remains in the office. It is sectioned horizontally as well (as opposed to vertically with a traditional excision) which allows nearly 100% of the peripheral and deep margins to be checked. Read more...
Frozen or permanent . Intra operatively there are methods used by. The dermatologist or pathologist to examine the wound edges of the resected specimen to determine if any cancer has been left behind. While generally accurate these frozen section techiques are not considered as accurate as permanent preparation analysis which may take a few days. Mohs technique is where surgeon acts as pathologist and surgeon. Read more...
Skin Cancer Treatment. It really depends upon the treatment chosen. For excisions (when the cancer is cut out), a margin of normal appearing skin is removed as well and the tissue is sent to the lab for evaluation under the microscope. For mohs' surgery, all of the margins are immediately evaluated under the microscope to ensure complete tumor removal. For curettage and desiccation, there is no evaluation performed by a lab. Read more...
Pathology report. After a skin cancer is excised or cut out of the skin, the specimen is sent to a dermatopathologist. It is analyzed under the microscope to make sure that the edges or margins are clear. This is how your physician knows that the cancer has been fully removed. In addition, for skin cancers on the face, mohs surgery can be done so each skin specimen is analyzed while you wait until margins are clear. Read more...

Is it possible to cure skin cancer without surgery?

Yes. Depending on the type of skin cancer, cure can be attained without surgical incisions. Radiation therapy to the skin has been used for years in treatment of skin cancers. Non invasive skin cancers can be treated with levulan and blue light therapy. Shave biopsy with fulguration is an effective technique to destroy superficial skin cancers. Many options depending on type skin cancer, location, etc. Read more...
Depends. There are different types of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma can be treated with different approaches, some non-surgical. Squamous cell carcinoma usually requires surgery but in some cases radiation can be used. But melanoma, the most aggressive formof skin cancer, will require surgery. Read more...

Why do doctors choose to do surgery when there is a proven skin cancer cure known as curaderm-bec5?

Beware. Anytime you see "proven cure" attached to a product, you should be suspicious. Curaderm bec5 is an extract of eggplant, and there is no credible evidence that eggplant is an effective treatment for skin cancer, no matter what you've read on the internet. Not only that, but using these "magical" creams only delays effective treatment (such as surgery), once you realize that you've been had. Read more...
What proof? A quote from the archives of dermatology: "escharotic agents are available as herbal supplements and are being used by patients for the treatment of skin cancer. The efficacy of these agents is unproven and their content is unregulated. Serious consequences may result from their use. ...Physicians should recommend against the use of escharotic agents for skin cancer". Read more...
It is a scam. The "scientific" publications you have read have not be published in the actual medical literature. If you have had "amazing results", I am happy for you. However, i could never, ever, recommend this type therapy to a cancer patient without proven data that it might help. Unfortunately, all it will do for a patient is make them poorer. Read more...
Not proven. There is no "proven" skin cancer cure aside from surgery. Curaderm is an escharotic agent that is widely regarded as a scam, and has been around for decades. Most testimonials you read, people are reporting treating multiple different cancers, basal cells and squamous cells, all over themselves; to have that many different primary cancers would be rare and likely just self(and wrong) diagnosis. Read more...