84 Years Old with a New Ear! - Melbourne, FL

I had a melanoma on my ear that kept growing. My...

I had a melanoma on my ear that kept growing. My son suggested I see a plastic surgeon because it was big and my ear would have to be taken off.

Dr. Oppenheimer removed the cancer and I was able to keep my ear. I am very happy that I went to see him and he was able to remove the cancer within days of meeting him. It was not painful and now I am cancer free.
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Adam was great. He explained exactly what he was doing throughout the procedure and reassured me that I would not have a huge hole in my ear as I feared. He is a wonderful person.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Dear SarahJo.The result of the resection is very gut. The important thing is, whether the melanoma was resected sufficiently. It must be histologically confirmed, that this tumour has a safety distance of at least 2 cm, better 3 cm to the edge of the incision line in the resected specimen. If this isn’t the case, then it must be considered whether still more of the ear should be removed.
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Thanks Dr. Merck. This was a melanoma in situ that I excised with the square procedure: permanent margins and delayed reconstruction with a post-auricular flap.
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You look great, SarahJo. Thanks for sharing your experience and photos. Was your surgery under general anesthesia or local?
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We did the procedure in office under local anesthesia. I used a ring block to anesthetize the entire ear.
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