Skin Cancer Reconstruction Procedures
Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Sydney – Procedures
What happens during skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney?
When you book your appointment to discuss skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney, you will be sent a Patient Information Form. Completing this and returning it prior to your appointment will streamline your appointment.
Consultation appointments prior to your skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney
At your first appointment, you should expect to spend about half an hour with Dr Gavin Sandercoe. During this time he will take a thorough history and examination, and discuss your goals for your skin cancer reconstruction. Digital photographs are taken to assist with planning and explaining any limitations. He will then discuss your reconstructive options with you, and help you to decide which will be best for you.
Dr Gavin Sandercoe is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with training and experience in many techniques of skin cancer reconstruction. He does not favour one particular technique – instead, he will help you understand which type of surgery will best suit your needs for your skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney.
Dr Gavin Sandercoe will discuss what you wish to achieve from your procedure. The risks and expectations of the procedure are then discussed, and you are given a take home information package to review before your procedure. If you have any questions about this information, you will have the opportunity to ask them prior to your procedure.
The day of your skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney
Frequently, skin cancer removal and reconstruction can be performed under local anaesthetic in the rooms of Norwest Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery. If you are hoping to have this done, please ensure that you inform the receptionist when you schedule your skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney, so that enough time is allocated for you. Whether or not this is possible depends on many factors, including the size and location of the skin cancer and the type of reconstruction that is needed. Dr Sandercoe will discuss this possibility with you and let you know whether or not it would be an option for you.
For larger procedures, performing the procedure under local anaesthesia in our rooms will not be possible. Dr Gavin Sandercoe only performs major skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney in accredited hospitals and day surgeries, ensuring that your safety is paramount. Prior to your operation, you will have planning marks drawn on you and a digital photograph taken.
You will be put to sleep by a specialist anaesthetist (using a general anaesthetic), and pain relief and antibiotics are given through a drip before the operation is started. The antibiotic helps to prevent an infection from developing in the incisions, keeping you healthy and helping to improve your results.
Most skin cancer operations are performed as day surgery procedures, as most patients feel well enough to leave hospital on the day of the operation. If you do not think that you will be ready to go home on the same day, we can arrange for you to spend a night in hospital to recover from your procedure. Dr Gavin Sandercoe will monitor you to ensure your safety during and after your skin cancer reconstruction in Sydney.