Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

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What to Expect for a Melanoma Resection

Types of anesthesia

Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. You may or may not know what is going on when the surgery starts. Occasionally, you may experience sore throat after procedure but it should improve over the next 24 hours after surgery.

Day of discharge

Patients can be discharged the same day or stay in hospital

What to expect after procedure

  • Bruising
  • Minor pain
  • Redness and swelling of incision site
  • Infection
  • Swelling in hands or arms, called lymphedema, after having lymph nodes removed
  • Scarring

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after procedure for 24 hours.
  • The activities will be depending on the site and extent of the surgery.

When to contact a doctor

  • Persistent nausea and vomiting.
  • Drainage or infection at the incisions