What is Wide Margin Excision?

Category: Surgeries

Most popular types: Removal of melanoma


A wide margin excision is usually performed when removing cancerous tissue that is close to the surface of the skin, such as in melanomas or breast cancer. Typically, a wide margin around the cancerous area is removed to be certain that all the affected tissue is extracted.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Melanoma 4 2
Phyllodes tumor 2 0
Atypical hyperplasia of breast 1 0
Breast cancer 1 0
Endometriosis 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wide Margin Excision

Side effect Patients Percentage
Burning sensation at incision site 1
Numbness 1
Pain 1


Stopped having Wide Margin Excision

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 8
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 0
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Wide Margin Excision.