Cutaneous oncologic and cosmetic surgery in geriatric patients

Noah Scheinfeld, Thomas Yu, Jeffrey Weinberg, Marsha Gordon, Sirunya Silapunt, Robert A. Norman, Murad Alam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A wide array of surgical procedures is available to geriatric patients. These interventions can enhance the appearance of patients and facilitate the removal of skin cancers. Pre-existing medical conditions of geriatric patients must be considered comprehensively when selecting and performing cutaneous surgical procedures. Many older patients suffer from a variety of diseases and take a variety of medications and herbal supplements to ameliorate the consequences of such diseases. In general, skin surgery can be performed safely on even very old patients, provided precautions are followed. The biopsychosocial wellbeing and essence of patients must also be addressed when performing dermatologic surgery. If patients are treated holistically and comprehensively, their surgical experience can be enhanced and their health and appearance improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-113
Number of pages17
JournalDermatologic clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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