Eyelid biopsy is a method used to diagnose and manage eyelid tumors. It uses techniques such as incisional, excisional, shaves biopsies, and punch, depending on the eyelid lesion or your doctor’s preference. It may seem scary, but the procedure can be of great help to your general health.
If you have been diagnosed with a skin lesion, your doctor may recommend that an eyelid biopsy and excision is done to determine if the tumor is risky or not. It is essential to understand the process to know what to expect.
If your doctor notices that you have a skin lesion, your doctor may decide to remove a piece of the lesion and send it for testing or remove all of it. If you decide to remove the entire lesion or mass, then that is known as biopsy excision. After the removal of the mass, it is sent to the lab for further tests to determine if it is cancerous or not.
If the lesion or tumor is cancerous, you may have to undergo further surgery to remove the entire thing. This procedure can only be performed in a hospital and by a specialized doctor. The doctor performs the surgery as the medical team examines the tissue being removed. That way, less tissue is altered while the cancerous cells are being removed.
Before the procedure is performed, your doctor must take some factors into consideration. Not all persons are candidates for eyelid biopsy and excision. Your doctor has first to check your medical history and lifestyle to determine if you qualify for the surgery or not.
Any medications or allergies should be noted to avoid any treatment that may cause harm to you. Patients who smoke are not ideal candidates for this procedure, as it can slow down or impair your healing process. It would help if you had excellent overall health for this procedure to be effective.
Persons with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, anticoagulants, and bleeding disorders are also not ideal for this procedure. Furthermore, if you have severe eye conditions, your doctor may advise you against this treatment option. Be sure to inform your doctor of any condition you may have so that they make an informed decision when deciding on the best biopsy technique to use.
The risks associated with this surgery include:
Scarring and bruising
Recurrence of the lesions even after adequate and successful excision
Damage to the optic nerve, though that is rare
Lash loss, especially if the lesion being removed is close to the eyelashes
Most of these risks can be managed or avoided if you have a good and specialized surgeon. It would be best to do your research before undergoing the procedure to help you make an informed decision.
Learn more about eyelid biopsy and excision, contact Volusia Eye Associates in New Smyrna Beach or Edgewater, FL at (386) 427-4143 or (386) 230-0300.