Electrodessication and curettage is a combination skin cancer treatment that involves scraping the abnormal cells with a curette and then “burning” or cauterizing the area with an electric current or liquid nitrogen to seal the blood vessels and remove all remaining cancer cells. This process may be repeated up to three times to ensure complete removal.
Curettage may be performed alone or in conjunction with other treatments. When performed together, electrodessication and curettage are most effective for primary lesions and are sometimes used for recurrent lesions as well. Your doctor will determine which treatment is best for your individual condition.