Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and malignant melanoma may affect the skin of the hands. Indeed, because these tumours are most likely to occur in sun-exposed areas, the hand is a relatively commonly affected area.
SKIN TUMOUR REMOVAL
Type of anaesthetic
Local or general anaesthetic
Length of surgery
Nights in hospital
Reconstruction & recovery
The type of reconstruction performed will depend on the site and size of the area that needs to be removed. Most commonly, the wound is either closed with stitches, or a skin graft or local flap (borrowing neighbouring skin) used. You will know what to expect prior to any surgery going ahead
My priorities when performing your surgery are to remove the skin cancer in accordance with national and international guidelines, and to provide a reconstruction that allows for optimal function. All tissue samples removed are sent to an expert pathologist for examination, and I aim to have your results available for you in the shortest possible timeframe.
It may be necessary to wear a splint or sling for a short time after your surgery, and hand therapy may be prescribed in order to preserve function and reduce stiffness. The extent of the condition as well as your occupation, hobbies, and certain other factors will determine the amount of time you will need off work and your overall recovery time. This will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.