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Reconstruction after skin cancer resection

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. A variety of methods may be used in the treatment of skin cancer, and surgical resection is often performed.

Reconstruction after skin cancer resection

Access the full reconstruction after skin cancer resection guideline from JAAD (free access).

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Guideline highlights

  • In addition to the AAD, the guideline for the management of reconstruction after skin cancer resection was co-developed by representatives from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Mohs Surgery, and American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

  • Co-published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) and two other journals simultaneously, the guideline identifies areas of common ground and provides evidence-based recommendations to improve patient care. Recommendations related to concepts concerning the timing of reconstruction, management of anticoagulation, use of antibiotics, methods of pain control, and follow-up assessment are addressed in the guideline.

  • The guideline also provides evidence-based recommendations for surgical reconstruction after resection of skin cancer once clear margins have been achieved.

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Additional Academy resources

Coding resources

See coding resources related to surgery and other common dermatology procedures.

Advocacy priorities

See the Academy's advocacy priorities to help represent the interests of dermatologists.

Clinical and quality resources

See other resources available to help dermatologists meet clinical and quality goals.