Surgical treatment of malignant melanoma.

  title={Surgical treatment of malignant melanoma.},
  author={Richard Essner},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  volume={83 1},
The surgical management of melanoma has evolved over the last 100 years. when early concepts of lymphatic permeation of the tumors and metastases led surgeons to perform radical operative procedures. Wide excision of primary melanoma is now performed with 1- to 2-cm radial margins, significantly reducing the need for complex plastic closures, skin grafts. and hospital admissions. Although elective lymph node dissection remains controversial as a therapeutic procedure, the development of SL has… CONTINUE READING