Wide Local Excision of Malignant Melanoma With or Without Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
This chapter describes the surgical procedure for wide local excision of malignant melanoma with or without sentinel lymph node biopsy. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as is found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. Because melanoma can arise in multiple anatomic locations, the surgical approach and technique will vary based on the primary tumor location, thickness, and other characteristics.