Many skin cancer patients are unaware of all the options open to them when it comes to skin cancer treatment. One of the more common methods of treatment for skin cancer is electrodessication and curettage. While the official title of the procedure makes it seem a little intimidating, the procedure in itself is very safe and has a great success rate.

What is electrodesiccation with curettage?

Electrodesiccation with curettage is a common skin cancer treatment for basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers. A dull tool called a curette is used to dig and scrape the cancerous cells off all the way down to the dermis. Once this has been performed, electrodesiccation is performed. This portion of the procedure includes the use of an electrosurgical device that is used to denature the top layer of the dermis. After this, the curette is used again to dig and scrape at the cancerous cells again.

How long does it usually take for the procedure to be completed?

For the most part, these steps will be repeated 2 to 3 times. There are instances where the process may need to be repeated more than three times, and in those cases we will talk with you to ensure that comfort is always put first. If another appointment needs to be made, we will go ahead and schedule that then.

How successful is this treatment?

This treatment is entirely based on the person receiving the treatment, as with any treatment, but all special situations set aside, this procedure is one of the more well known treatments because of how successful it is when completed.

If you have any questions regarding electrodessication and curettage, feel free to contact our team and ask away. We are more than happy to go into further detail over this procedure so that we can determine if this truly is the best option for you.