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Dermatological surgeons are able to do even large procedures using local anaesthetic. We do not tend to access GA lists. It is amazing how a well-used "little" can go a long way eg. by use of regional nerve blocks and tumescent technique.
Almost all skin cancer surgery is carried out under local anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is used if very large procedures are necessary such as large skin grafts or lymph node procedures.
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If it was really a BCC and was completely removed, nothing more needs to be done and there should be no need for further follow up. Perhaps there are some details missing.
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Usually local anaesthetic, skin preparation with antiseptics and drapes, surgical removal and suturing of the skin. The skin lesion will be sent off for microscopic investigation to the pathology lab and the results are often back in 2-3 weeks depending on local setup.
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