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The Surgery

The Day of Surgery

Before surgery, the doctor will again discuss the procedure with you and obtain your written consent. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask them at this time.

Once you are in the procedure room, we will cleanse the area surrounding your skin cancer with a sterile antibacterial soap. The nurse will then anesthetize (numb) the area of skin containing the cancer with a small local injection (needle). This injection will probably be similar to the one you received when your biopsy was taken. The tissue will be removed by the doctor, and it will be processed in our laboratory next to the procedure room. Depending upon the amount of tissue removed, processing usually takes an additional 30-45 minutes. You will wait in our surgical waiting room while the tissue is processed and examined by the doctor. If the microscopic examination of the removed tissue reveals the presence of any remaining cancer, we will go back and remove more tissue.

Palm Harbor Dermatology

TeleDerm Appointments Available!

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are social distancing and would like to be seen, please schedule a TELEDERM appointment.

Please call the office to schedule your TeleDerm visit and receive the information and prescriptions you need without leaving your home!

Notice to all patients:

The safety of our patients and staff is our #1 priority and as always, we are continuing to keep our offices clean and disinfected.

All PHDermatology offices, with the exception of our Carrollwood and Riverview offices, will remain open to serve our communities. We ask that if you are able to come to your appointment alone, to please do so. In addition: if you are experiencing any lower respiratory symptoms, including cough, fever or shortness of breath, please call to reschedule your appointment or receive instruction on our TeleDerm platform.

For additional information and all you need to know about COVID-19, please visit the CDC or the Florida Department of Health.