HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Outpatient setting very safe for skin cancer surgery

Durham, N.C. -- Mohs micrographic surgery, a common technique used to remove skin cancers, is very safe when performed in an outpatient setting, according to a study published in the Feb. 17, 2003, issue of the Archives of Dermatology. The researchers said their results counter the arguments of legislators, lobbyists and others who question the overall safety of outpatient surgeries.

"It is concerning as a physician to see lobbyists and policy makers openly criticize medical practice without the benefit of data to support their arguments," said study lead author Jonathan Cook, M.D., director of dermatologic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

The study, conducted by Cook and resident physician Jennifer Perone, M.D., assessed rates of complications associated with 1,343 outpatient Mohs procedures performed at Duke during 2000. The overall complication rate was 1.64 percent, or 22 complications out of the 1,343 surgeries. Thus, said the researchers, the complication rate is low enough to conclude that performing Mohs surgery on an outpatient basis does not represent an undue risk.

Mohs surgery, also known as microscopically controlled surgery, was developed by Frederic Mohs, M.D. for the treatment of certain skin cancers. Performed under local anesthesia, the technique combines surgical removal of the skin cancer with immediate microscopic examination of the removed tissue in order to identify any residual cancerous tissue. The surgeon continues the process of removing tissue and studying it under the microscope until all cancer has been removed. Typically, the surgeon then reconstructs the surgical wound by using a variety of repair techniques.

The Mohs technique has the highest cure rate of all skin cancer treatment methods, and involves the surgical removal of the least amount of tissue possible in order to adequately treat the cancer.

"Of course, any surgical procedure has to be performed in a supervised setting," sa
'"/>

Contact: Laura Sawyer Brinn or Amy Austell
laura.brinn@duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
17-Feb-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Outpatient lung cancer procedure promising for inoperable disease
2. Outpatient procedure shrinks benign breast lumps
3. Outpatient pediatric visits good opportunity to help parents quit smoking
4. Outpatient treatment shrinks liver tumors to acceptable size for laser procedure
5. Outpatient treatment is as effective as inpatient treatment for PID
6. Study: Dementia often undiagnosed in clinical settings
7. Risks of outpatient surgery vary with patient characteristics, surgical setting
8. U of MN study first to detect tobacco-specific carcinogens in non-smokers in public setting
9. Study suggests radiography unnecessary to identify TB in HIV pts in some settings
10. NIDA leads research network to improve substance abuse treatment in criminal justice settings
11. Vitamin C may help juice up metabolism in older adults, offsetting weight gain

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 28, 2017 , ... ... Coach Institute (HCI) announced a new partnership through which HCI students, faculty, ... coaching curriculum and practices. The partnership also enables the HCI community to receive ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 28, 2017 , ... ... Overl.ai Inc., a healthcare automation intelligence company based in New York. , “Ensuring ... ensuring the provider’s workflow remains unaltered. Those two fundamental reasons are the reasons ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... ... Bo Chen, PhD is the recipient of the 2017 ASLMS Dr. Horace ... Session at ASLMS 2017, the Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine ... , During the Plenary Session on April 7, Dr. Chen will give his ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... ... Healing and Spiritual Awakening, is happy to announce her “Spring Rejuvenation in ... body, these individual customized retreats offer the winter-weary soul an excellent opportunity to ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Orange County dentist, Dr. A. Rassouli, ... that occurs when the bacteria in plaque infect the gums and other tissues supporting ... and root planing or SRP, and can include surgical therapies if the condition has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/28/2017)... DUBLIN , Feb 28, 2017 ... "Digestive Enzyme Supplements Market Forecasts 2014-2025" report to their ... ... reach USD 1.6 billion by 2025. Growing consumer awareness regarding ... good health is expected to stimulate industry growth over the ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... 27, 2017 Halyard Health, Inc. (NYSE: ... and provided its 2017 outlook and related key planning assumptions. ... $410 million, a 2 percent increase compared to the prior ... 2016 was $10 million compared to net income of $15 ... net income was $24 million compared to adjusted net income ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... 27, 2017   Royal Philips (NYSE: ... leader in health technology, today announced 510(k) clearance ... to market its ElastQ Imaging capability, further expanding ... systems. ElastQ Imaging enables simultaneous imaging of tissue ... for the diagnosis of various liver conditions. With ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: