Dr. Hina Altaf Dermatologist

Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C)

Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C)

Electrodesiccation and Curettage, also known as ED&C, is a common surgical procedure used to remove certain types of skin lesions. It is a simple outpatient procedure that is performed using a local anesthetic, and it typically takes less than an hour to complete.

It involves two steps: electrodesiccation and curettage. In electrodesiccation, a needle electrode is used to apply an electric current to the lesion, which heats and dries out the tissue. In curettage, a surgical tool called a curette is used to scrape away the lesion, removing any remaining abnormal tissue. The procedure may be repeated several times, depending on the size and depth of the lesion.

Conditions treated under ED&C

ED&C is commonly used to treat various types of skin lesions such as warts, skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, and some types of moles.

After the procedure, the area may be covered with a bandage or dressing, and you will be given instructions on how to care for the wound as it heals. It is common to experience some pain, redness, and crusting in the treated area for a few days after the procedure. You may also notice some scarring or discoloration in the treated area, but this will usually fade over time.

A wound from Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C) typically takes 2-3 weeks to heal. The wound is healed when there is no longer a crust on the site or drainage on the bandage. Most people are able to return to their normal activities on the same day of the procedure.

As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks associated with ED&C. These can include bleeding, infection, scarring, and damage to surrounding tissue. Discuss with your doctor the potential risks and benefits of ED&C before the procedure, to help you make an informed decision.

Minimal Downtime

You can return to your daily routine immediately after

Immediate Results

Results within 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days

Painless Procedure

Brief period of discomfort during the injection, similar to a pinch

Results That Last

Effects typically last for several months

Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C) is a common surgical procedure used to remove certain types of skin lesions, such as benign growths or precancerous lesions. It involves two steps: first, the lesion is scraped off using a sharp curette, and then an electric current is applied to the wound to control bleeding and destroy any remaining abnormal cells.
ED&C is often used for the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas in situ, and other non-melanoma skin cancers that are small, localized, and have not spread to other parts of the body. It can also be used to remove certain benign skin growths, such as seborrheic keratoses or dermatofibromas.
During the procedure, the area around the lesion is numbed with a local anesthetic. The surgeon will then use a sharp curette to scrape and remove the lesion. Afterward, an electric needle is used to cauterize the wound, applying heat to control bleeding and destroy any remaining abnormal cells. The process is typically quick and can often be performed in an outpatient setting.
After the procedure, you may experience some pain, swelling, and mild bleeding at the site of the procedure. Your doctor will provide specific instructions on how to care for the wound, such as keeping it clean and applying an antibiotic ointment. Healing time varies depending on the size and location of the lesion, but most individuals can expect the wound to heal within a few weeks.
Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with ED&C. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in skin color or texture, and, in rare cases, nerve damage or injury to nearby structures. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you before the procedure and take appropriate measures to minimize them.

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