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 electrodesiccation 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.

At Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder, we offer electrodesiccation with curettage skin cancer treatment. Our team of professional and skilled dermatologists will be able to perform this treatment efficiently. We will be able to walk you through the procedure to ensure that you know what will take place and how it will help.

If you think you may have skin cancer, be sure to schedule an appointment with our dermatologists. We offer skin cancer and precancer diagnosis and treatment services. Our team will be able to determine if electrodesiccation with curettage is the right skin cancer treatment for you.

What is Electrodesiccation With Curettage?

Electrodesiccation with curettage is a common skin cancer treatment for basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers. Your dermatologist will start by numbing the area being treated with a local anesthetic. A dull tool called a curette is then 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.

Who Can Benefit From Electrodesiccation With Curettage?

This treatment option is used for basal and squamous cell cancers and generally performed when the cancer is found on the trunk or other areas of the body, where scarring isn’t a concern. This procedure is a great option for patients who are not candidates for more invasive surgeries. Those with low-risk basal and squamous cell cancers are the best candidates. This procedure can also be used for precancerous skin conditions.

How Long Does It Usually Take For The Procedure to Be Completed?

For the most part, these steps will be repeated two to three 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.

What to Expect After The Procedure

Since this is not an invasive surgical procedure, patients can drive themselves home after it is done. The wound will not need stitches, but you will have to care for it for a few weeks after the treatment to ensure it heals correctly. One of our dermatologists will give you care instructions after the procedure.

This skin cancer treatment is very successful and easy compared to others, although results depend on your unique case. If you have been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell cancer and are looking for the right treatment option for you, electrodesiccation with curettage could be the best option.

If you have any questions regarding electrodesiccation and curettage, feel free to contact our team at Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder. 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.