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Diagnosis and treatment of melanoma

PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION: Given the continuous increase of new cases and mortality from this disease, early diagnosis is the primary goal and prerequisite for successful treatment. The diagnosis and the treatment are based on the clinical picture and physical examination. Physical examination consists of thorough examination of all areas of the skin, and distinctions are then made between benign and malignant pigment changes. For this condition, surgery is considered to be the best form of treatment.

CANDIDATES: People with larger number of moles and people who have been exposed to extensive sunbathing without SPF, then people with lighter complexion, genetic predispositions and people with more than 25 moles on the skin.

PREPARATION OF THE PATIENT FOR SURGERY: After the diagnosis is made, the most optimal forms of surgical treatment under local or general anesthesia are agreed upon, depending on the magnitude of the change on the skin. Patients are not allowed to take blood thinners for 2 to 3 days before and after surgery (Andol, etc.). All other necessary information, you will receive during your examination at our polyclinic.

PROCEDURE PROCESS: When treating these types of changes on the skin, localization and knowledge of the anatomical features of particular regions with the use of different surgical techniques are essential. After a suspected skin change has been cut out, it is sent for histopathological analysis. Depending on the results, other additional treatments might be advised according to the standards and protocol of the medical profession. Our team will provide you with further information during your examination.

RECOVERY: Post-operative treatment varies depending on the type, size and localization of the treated area. The dressings are regularly done, and the stitches are usually removed approximately 10 to 15 days after surgery, depending on the localization, size and type of surgery.

PRECAUTIONS: It is important to follow all the instructions given to you by your doctor before, during and after surgery.

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