is where the abnormal mole or area of skin (and a small amount of normal skin around the area) will be removed (‘excised’) and sent to a laboratory for testing. The excision is a relatively simple operation performed under by a or plastic surgeon. A pathologist will look at this tissue under a microscope and make a diagnosis. The analysis of the typically takes two weeks and therefore there will be a short wait after the before the diagnosis is known.
Like all surgery, excision of melanoma carries risks, including poor scarring/cosmetic appearance, wound infection, scar opening up, bleeding and numbness. As this is usually a small procedure, these risks are often minimal.
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