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
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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