Tumor removal is one of the most commonly performed reconstructive surgeries in the United States. In addition to correcting abnormalities that may result from birth defects, injuries, and infections, plastic surgeons also commonly treat benign or cancerous tumors.
Tumor removal methods
Tumors, or abnormal growths, vary significantly in size, structure, severity, and recurrence. Tumor removal methods are dependant on a number of factors including:
- Type and size of the tumor
- Location of the tumor
- Stage of development
- Potential for recurrence
Tumor removal methods also range in complexity. Skin cancer and small growth removals are less invasive than the removal of large or spreading cancers. In small tumor removal, a surgeon will extract the tumor or the cancerous area with a scalpel and stitch up the wound or allow it to heal on its own.
In cases of large tumors or spreading skin cancers, major invasive surgery is required, involving skin grafts to reconstruct the treated area. After tumor removal reconstructive surgery, most patients are required to undergo follow-up treatments and medical imaging to ensure there is no recurrence or redevelopment of the growth.
What risks am I facing?
As with any other surgery, there are several risks associated with tumor removal including:
- improper wound closure
- unattractive scarring
- complications with anesthesia
In order to avoid such problems and ensure a high quality medical care patients are advised to seek only board-certified plastic surgeons for their procedure.