Skin Cancer Surgery

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Skin Cancer Surgery

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in the world. Skin cancers need to be excised and repaired with care and skill. We perform skin cancer surgery in practices in both Tauranga and Rotorua.

Mr Adams has extensive experience in managing even the most complex skin cancer problems, including Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. He is skilled in a comprehensive range of methods of repair and reconstuction so that you can be assured that if your cancer excision (removal) is extensive then the best repair will be available. Common techniques used for treating melanoma and other skin cancers include direct closure, skin flaps, skin grafts or microsurgery techniques. Complications of skin cancer surgery include scars, wound healing problems, graft or flap failure, asymmetry or distortion, incomplete excision, need for revision or second surgery.

how long does  the operation take?

Time will depend upon the extent of the skin cancer surgery procedure. 



Plastic and reconstructive surgery is a specialised branch of medicine which requires many years of training. Following medical school Mr Adams undertook an additional 9 years of training and was awarded a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He then undertook 18 months training in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) surgery and complex reconstructive surgery with leading experts.


If your surgery requires implants or a special post operative garment then these will have a cost associated with them.


Your follow up for 6 weeks, including any wound care and appointments are included in your surgeons’ fees. Costs for revision surgery are not included.


To perform safe surgery a high quality operating facility is required. Extensive surgery requires overnight hospital stays with skilled nurses.

Private hospitals charge for time used in the operating theatre, recovery time and day stay or overnight hospital stays. In addition they charge for all equipment used such as sutures, dressings, disposable instruments and drapes.

Mr Adams only operates at private hosptials with highly trained nursing staff who care for you after your operation in recovery and on the ward if you stay overnight.


Any surgery requring a general anaesthetic (going to sleep for surgery) or sedation requires a skilled anaesthetist. Anaesthetists are skilled doctors who require at least 7 years training after medical school to achive the highest standards of skill and safely.

Your comfort and safety is the result of team work between all of the doctors and nurses who will care for you. If you have complex medical conditions you may need additional assessments prior to surgery.


Most of the time surgery goes well and wounds heal without problems. However, no surgical treatment is completely risk free - if you are having elective or cosmetic surgery it is especially important that you understand this. The general complications of surgery which occur with some regularity include:

  • Infection
    Delayed healing
  • Bruising
    Problematic or unsightly scars
  • Infection
    Injury to nerves, blood vessels, or surrounding structures
  • Pain
    Distortion of surrounding skin or other structures
  • Allergic reactions
    Poor cosmetic result
  • Complications of sedation or general anaesthetic
    Further surgery or other treatments

If there is a complication that requires further surgery – you or your insurer will be responsible for any further costs.


The estimates of cost provided are estimates only and are not based on what is needed by any particular patient. If surgery is unexpectedly complex it may take longer then hospital and anaesthetic costs will increase. If a complication occurs and requires surgery there will be costs associated with repeat surgery. Mr Adams does not control the hospital or anaesthetic costs

How much will this procedure cost?

private hospital

The estimated costs of having a
Skin Cancer Surgery
surgery operation with Mr Adams at a private hospital is approximately

Cost of skin cancer surgery vary due to complexity


* In addition to surgical fees, these figures include an estimate of hospital and anaesthetic costs.

private clinic

The estimated costs of having a
Skin Cancer Surgery
surgery operation with Mr Adams at a private hospital is approximately



* In addition to surgical fees, these figures include an estimate of hospital and anaesthetic costs.


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