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Hemangioma excision


Definition:

Hemangioma excision is surgery to remove a noncancerous blood vessel growth.

See also: Hemangioma

Alternative Names:

Birthmark excision

Description:

The procedure is done while you are under general anesthesia (deep asleep and pain-free).

The surgeon will remove the hemangioma. If the hemangioma was large, the site may be covered with a skin graft.

Why the Procedure Is Performed:

This procedure may be used to remove large hemangiomas that cause symptoms or are disfiguring.

Risks:

The risks for any anesthesia are:

  • Reactions to medications
  • Problems breathing
The risks for any surgery are:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
After the Procedure:

Cosmetic improvements depend on the size and location of the lesion and the surgeon's skill. Generally, the long-term outlook is quite good.

Outlook (Prognosis):

The hospital stay will depend on the extent of surgery. Complete healing may take up to 6 weeks.


Review Date: 7/25/2007
Reviewed By: Robert A. Cowles, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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