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Excision of a melanoma is a type of surgery to remove (excise) a melanoma from the skin. Melanoma is a form of skin cancer in which abnormal skin cells grow out of control.
Your teen may have stitches until the surgical wound heals. This may cause a scar that should fade with time. How quickly the wound heals depends on its size. Most wounds take 1 to 3 weeks to heal. If a large area of skin was removed, your teen may have a skin graft, and healing may take longer.
Some soreness around the wound is normal. The doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medicine. Your teen may get a prescription to help if there is pain.
Your doctor may give you specific instructions on when your teen can do normal activities again, such as driving and going back to school.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your teen to recover. But each teen recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your teen get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your teen's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your teen is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your teen's test results and keep a list of the medicines your teen takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your teen may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your teen's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: April 29, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine
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