Skip to main content
Select Page

Electrodesiccation and Curettage

Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is a quick, minimally invasive procedure commonly used to treat certain types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. At Sanova Dermatology, we have numerous locations across Louisiana and Texas, where we offer this procedure as part of our comprehensive skin cancer treatment services.

Yearly Skin Check

What is Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C)?

Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) is a skin cancer treatment option that involves two primary steps. The first step is scraping away the targeted skin growth with a curette, which is a small, spoon-shaped instrument. The second step is using an electrical current (electrodesiccation) to burn the area, reducing the risk of bleeding and killing any remaining cancerous cells. This technique is especially effective for removing superficial skin cancers.

When is ED&C a Good Treatment Option for Skin Cancer?

ED&C is considered a good treatment option for certain types of skin cancers, particularly when they are caught early and are localized on the top layers of the skin. It is most effective for treating small basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas that have not penetrated deeply into the skin. The decision to use ED&C will depend on the size, type, location, and depth of the cancer, as well as the patient’s overall health and medical history. This method is frequently recommended for its simplicity and effectiveness, providing a quick solution with minimal downtime.

What are the Benefits of ED&C?

ED&C offers several advantages, including its minimally invasive nature and its effectiveness in removing cancerous lesions with a low risk of scarring. The procedure is usually quick, performed under local anesthesia, and does not typically require stitches, which minimizes the recovery time. It is an excellent option for treating skin cancers in non-cosmetic areas where scarring is less of a concern.

What is the Electrodesiccation and Curettage Recovery Period Like?

Following an ED&C procedure, patients can generally expect a healing period of several weeks, during which care must be taken to keep the area clean and protected from infection. Recovery may vary depending on the size of the treated area and the patient’s overall health. Sanova Dermatology provides detailed aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing and is available to address any concerns that may arise during the recovery process.

What is the Success Rate of Electrodesiccation and Curettage?

Electrodesiccation and curettage has a high success rate, particularly when used to treat certain types of non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma that are detected early and are superficial. Studies have shown that ED&C can achieve cure rates approximately 85% to 95% for primary basal cell carcinomas, which are small and have well-defined borders. The success of ED&C largely depends on the type, size, and location of the skin cancer being treated. The procedure is most effective on small, well-defined and superficial lesions. Factors that might reduce the effectiveness of ED&C include larger tumors, tumors with poorly defined edges, or those located in areas where it is difficult to achieve clear margins, such as on the scalp or near the eyes.

How Much Does Electrodesiccation and Curettage Cost?

The cost of electrodesiccation and curettage can vary based on several factors including the size and location of the cancer, the complexity of the procedure, and the number of treatments required. Sanova Dermatology customizes each treatment plan to the patient’s specific condition, which will be outlined and discussed during a personal consultation. At this time, we will be able to provide you with a transparent explanation of all costs associated with your treatment. We accept most major insurance plans and also offer financing options to ensure that our treatments are as affordable as possible.

Contact Sanova Dermatology

If you are considering treatment options for skin cancer, electrodesiccation and curettage at Sanova Dermatology may be a suitable choice. We invite you to contact us at one of our locations in Louisiana or Texas to schedule a consultation. Our skilled team will assess your condition, answer any questions you might have, and discuss the most effective and safe treatment options for your individual needs.