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Learning about ED&C Procedures

The Physician's Assistant for Dr. Stephen J. Krivda at Montgomery Dermatology Associates called to tell me about the results of a recent biopsy. He advised that I had a squamous cell carcinoma that needed to be removed from the front part of the top of my head. He then asked if I was familiar with electrodesiccation and curettage procedures. I was not familiar with the procedure but agreed to a Friday morning appointment for the removal.  

After the ED&C procedure, Dr. Krivda advised that all went well and I was fine until the next appointment scheduled in April. I had to visit Google for details on the procedure.

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. This may be repeated if the growth is cancerous. The wound will need to be dressed until it heals, and it usually leaves a small white mark. Click here to learn more.

Without complications, I was able to visit Chef Dolores at ProMedica in Potomac, Maryland where she is undergoing physical therapy for her recent hip replacement. She is having a difficult time with the slow progress.


Flower, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 7527
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Photograph by Roy Kelley 
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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Glad all went well with you and bet Chef Delores is anxious to get home and disappointed with her progress no matter how good it really is. She is an over achiever! Enjoy your day.

Jan 28, 2023 04:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

Gal you were able to get your issue rectified with the procedure. Now hopefully Dolores will start seeing more improvement soon, it takes time!!

Jan 28, 2023 05:23 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Glad your procedure went well, and I'm sending good wishes to Delores for a speedy recovery!

Jan 28, 2023 05:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm glad you took care of your issue, and can understand Dolores being frustrated with slow progress. But as long as she's making progress, it's good!

Jan 28, 2023 05:57 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thank you for the great information in your blog today to share with us here on the Rain.  Make it a terrific day! bill

Jan 28, 2023 06:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... happy to hear that all went well. Skin cancer is so much more prevalent than most people think and so most of us never think about it much. 

Jan 28, 2023 06:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, glad to hear your procedure went well, and hope it never returns.   Prayers said for Dolores and her progress on healing!

Jan 28, 2023 06:44 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Thanks for sharing the good news with us!  We all need to stay on top of our health and our check ups! 

Jan 28, 2023 09:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Too much time in the sun can cause skin damage. Wear a hat to protect your scalp.

Jan 28, 2023 09:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

I am so glad your procedure went well. I have regular appointments with a dermatologist to help prevent skin issues. 

Jan 28, 2023 10:05 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have never heard of "electrodesiccation."  I learned something new today!

Jan 28, 2023 01:09 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Jan 30, 2023 06:03 AM