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What to Expect After Surgery for Melanoma

It will most likely take a couple of weeks for your incision to heal. During this time, you may experience these things. They can vary from person to person. The side effects will largely depend on the type of surgery that is done. Talk with your health care team before surgery so you know what to expect.

  • Bruising

  • Minor pain

  • Redness and swelling of incision site

  • Infection

  • Swelling in hands or arms, called lymphedema, after having lymph nodes removed

  • Scarring

If you’ve had skin grafts, you’ll learn from your doctor or nurse how to take care of them as they heal.