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Alternative Names Return to topBirthmark excision
Definition Return to top
Hemangioma excision is surgery to remove a noncancerous blood vessel growth.
See also: Hemangioma
Description Return to top
The procedure is done while you are under general anesthesia (deep asleep and pain-free).
The surgeon will remove the hemangioma. If the hemangioma was large, the site may be covered with a skin graft.
Why the Procedure is Performed Return to top
This procedure may be used to remove large hemangiomas that cause symptoms or are disfiguring.
Risks Return to top
The risks for any anesthesia are:
After the Procedure Return to top
Cosmetic improvements depend on the size and location of the lesion and the surgeon's skill. Generally, the long-term outlook is quite good.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The hospital stay will depend on the extent of surgery. Complete healing may take up to 6 weeks.Update Date: 7/25/2007 Updated by: Robert A. Cowles, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.