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What does curettage mean?

Curettage and cautery is a simple type of electrosurgery in which a skin lesion is scraped off and heat is applied to the skin surface to seal the blood vessels and stop bleeding.

Why do I need a curettage appointment?

Curettage can assist with a wide range of skin conditions from sun damage (such as actinic keratoses and Bowen’s disease), to low-grade skin cancers like superficial basal cell carcinoma, as well as raised skin lesions like warts and fleshy moles.

What does the procedure involve?

The curettage procedure involves a local anaesthetic injection into the area around the lesion to be treated. This will make the skin go numb so the procedure is painless. The skin lesion is then scraped off with a spoon shaped tool called a curette. The surface of the wound is then cauterized using a pencil-like metal instrument to apply a high-frequency electric current to the area to prevent bleeding and also remove any remaining unwanted tissue.

Is there any recovery time afterwards?

Typically, a wound will take approximately 2-3 weeks to heal over. Scarring may occur and initially be red and raised but will usually reduce in colour and size over several months.

When do I get my results?

We normally work on a quick turn around of two to three days, your surgeon will usually arrange a follow up consultation with you within a week of your procedure to discuss your results . Sometimes due to extra tests being required this there may be a delay in your result but this will be discussed with you.