- Melanoma and other Skin Cancer Excisions – Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is the leading cause of death from skin cancer. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells that can grow aggressively, invading other tissue and organs. If you suspect you have an abnormal growth on your skin, it is very important for you to see a dermatologist for further evaluation. Skin cancer excision (including removal of melanomas, as well as other types of skin cancers) includes removal of the growth, plus an added margin of skin that surrounds the growth. Depending on the stage of cancer, Dr. Fore may also remove nearby lymph nodes. You can learn more about melanomas and other types of skin cancers at PubMed.
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (Melanoma) – A “Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy” (SLNB) is a procedure where very tiny amounts of radioactive material and/or dye are injected around the site of a primary melanoma and then traced to determine which lymph nodes collected the material. This helps your medical team determine which lymph nodes may be affected by the cancer and should be removed (if any). A good explanation of this process can be found at Melanoma International Foundation.
- Lipoma – A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor made of adipose, or fatty, tissue and can be found just about anywhere in the body and can occur in any age, although they are most prevalent between the ages of 40 and 60. They are not usually life-threatening, unless they are located within or very close to internal organs. Surgical removal is necessary if the lipoma is causing pain, restricting movement, or has become life-threatening. You can read an overview about lipomas at WebMD.
- Skin and Soft Tissue Abscess Drainage – An abscess is a collection of fluid, or pus, within a confined space, usually due to bacterial infection, although some abscesses are sterile. Draining an abscess helps prevent infection from infiltrating into surrounding tissue or the bloodstream, which can lead to severe complications or even death. To read more about abscesses, visit Baptist Online.