Simple treatments can address bleeding in dermatologic surgery

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This story appears courtesy of MDedge News

EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII – “Nothing can ruin your day more than a lot of bleeding,” said Mohs surgeon Daniel Siegel, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York.

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“Part of planning for surgery is to prevent that sort of problem,” and fortunately, when sutures and pressure don’t do the trick for excess bleeding, there are several hemostatic products that can be used, and some are very inexpensive. There’s even a “fancy form of potato starch” that can be left in the wound and sewn over, he said in an interview at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar, provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.

During the interview, Dr. Siegel described several options and how to use them. They are good products to have on hand in the clinic, just in case, he said.

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By M. Alexander Otto
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