When trauma, disease and other conditions affect the skin and soft tissues of the body, surgery may provide a solution. Skin and soft tissue surgery may be an elective procedure for a benign condition or necessary treatment for a serious health issue. Depending on the condition being treated and its severity, skin and soft tissue operations may be administered on an outpatient basis, with patients returning home on the same day as their procedures.
Did you know that many people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin and soft tissue conditions every year? Currently there are:
- More than 3 million annual cases of lipomas (fatty tumors growing beneath the skin)
- More than 200,000 annual cases of melanoma skin cancer
- More than 5 million annual cases of non-melanoma cell skin cancer
- More than 400,000 annual cases of burns needing treatment
FAQs About Skin & Soft Tissue Surgery
What types of benign skin and soft tissue surgery do you perform?
As general surgeons, we perform a wide range of skin and soft tissue surgeries. It may be for the urgent treatment of a traumatic wounds or burns, or it may be an emergency incision and drainage procedure to treat an infection. We can also excise dead tissues and surgically remove benign masses, lesions and fatty tumors that grow beneath or on the surface of the skin. We can even perform cosmetic procedures to remove non-cancerous lesions and growths, such as warts and moles, that a patient is bothered or embarrassed by.