If your melanoma comes back at the original site or very close to it, you may be able to have surgery to remove it. This is called a local excision.
You’ll probably have the surgery under a local anaesthetic in the day surgery unit. Some people may have a general anaesthetic, depending on how much tissue needs to be removed.
The wound can usually be stitched together. Your specialist nurse will talk to you about how to look after the wound area. It will look red and sore at first, but this will gradually get better. Your stitches will be removed 5–14 days later, depending on where the melanoma was. You’ll be left with a scar, which is usually small and becomes less noticeable with time. Occasionally, the wound may be too big to stitch together. In this case, you may need to have a skin graft or a skin flap to mend the wound.