Mole Excision

Your caregiver has removed (excised) a mole. Most moles are benign (non cancerous). Some moles may change over time and require biopsy (tissue sample) or removal. The mole usually is removed by shaving or cutting it from the skin. You will have stitches in your skin if the mole is large. A small mole, or one that is shaved off, may require only a small bandage. Your caregiver will send a piece of the mole to the laboratory (pathology) to examine it under a microscope for signs of cancer. Make sure you get your biopsy results when you return for your follow-up visit. Call if there is no return visit.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • If the biopsied area was the arm or leg, keep it raised (above the level of your heart) to decrease pain and swelling, if you are having any.

  • Keep the wound and dressing clean and dry. Clean as necessary.

  • If the dressing gets wet, remove it slowly and carefully. If it sticks, use warm, soapy water to gently loosen it. Pat the area dry with a clean towel before putting on another dressing.

  • Return in 7 days or as directed to have your sutures (stitches) removed.

  • Call in 3 to 4 days, or as directed, for the results of your biopsy.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have excess blood soaking through the dressing.

  • You have increasing pain and swelling in the wound.

  • You have numbness or swelling below the wound.

  • You have redness, swelling, pus, a bad smell, or red streaks coming away from the wound, or any other signs of infection.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.