How long does curettage take to heal?

The wound may take 3 to 6 weeks to heal. How long it takes depends on the size of the area treated. Good wound care may help the scar fade with time.

How long does Electrodesiccation take to heal?

A wound from Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C) typically takes 2-3 weeks to heal. If the treatment is performed on the lower extremities, the wound can take 2-3 months to fully heal. ED&C may be performed more than once if additional cancerous cells present themselves in the same area.

Is curettage and Electrodesiccation painful?

You may not feel pain during the procedure because of the numbing agent applied over the area. Once the anesthesia wears off, some amount of pain may be experienced because the procedure involves scraping of the tissue and sealing bleeding with cauterization (using the heating effect of electric current).

Does Electrodessication cause scarring?

Electrodessication is a very safe procedure and serious complications are extremely rare. Discomfort associated with the procedure is temporary and scabs that form where the growth had been usually heal within three weeks. Scarring and permanent skin discoloration are very uncommon.

How do you care for a wound after a curettage and Electrodesiccation?

Electrodesiccation and Curettage Wound Care Instructions

  1. Clean the wound daily with antibacterial soap and water.
  2. After cleansing, apply a thin coat of Polsporin or Vaseline to the area (do NOT use Neosporin, which may cause an allergic reaction) and bandage every day until the wound is healed.

How do you care for a curettage and Electrodesiccation?

Care Instructions:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water before changing your dressing.
  2. Remove the old dressing, and wash the site with warm water and soap.
  3. Do not scrub the site.
  4. Pat the area dry with gauze or a tissue (does not have to be sterile)
  5. Cover the area with a thick ointment such as Vaseline or Aquaphor.

What is electrodesiccation used for?

Scraping or burning-off skin growths (also known as electrodesiccation and curettage) can be used for less serious skin cancers, pre-cancers and benign growths. A local anesthetic is injected, and then the abnormal tissue is scraped off with a special tool. The area is then cauterized until bleeding stops.

What is Electrodesiccation used for?

Is Electrodessication the same as electrocautery?

Electrofulguration distinguishes itself from electrodesiccation by the lack of direct contact of the unheated electrode with the skin. The result is superficial epidermal carbonization via sparks from the electrode, which is held 1-2 mm above the skin’s surface.

How long does a basal cell carcinoma take to heal?

The site of treatment often takes a month or two to heal.

What is curettage and Electrodesiccation or cryotherapy?

Electrodesiccation, curettage and cryotherapy are destructive techniques, frequently employed by dermatologists. They are recommended for small, superficial primary basal and squamous cell carcinomas with well-defined borders. Formal margin evaluation is unavailable. The wound heals secondarily, without formal repair.