Skin Cancer Destruction (ED&C) in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL

Florida Dermatology Specialists is proud to offer ED&C surgery to provide skin cancer patients with a safe and effective skin cancer solution. Our team is ready to assist patients in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart and North Palm Beach, FL, who have been diagnosed with skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Destruction (ED&C) in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL

What is ED&C?

ED&C, which stands for Electrodesiccation and Curettage, is a common surgical procedure used to treat certain types of skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It begins with the use of a small electric current to destroy cancerous cells. Then, the treated area is scraped with a curette to remove any remaining abnormal tissue. ED&C is a relatively simple and quick procedure that can be performed in-office under local anesthesia.

How Much Does ED&C Cost?

The cost of ED&C at Florida Dermatology Specialists can vary depending on the extent of treatment needed. In most cases, your treatment may be eligible for coverage by health insurance. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and assess your insurance coverage to estimate the cost of treatment that you will be responsible for.

What is the ED&C Procedure Like?

To begin the ED&C procedure, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, then use a specialized device to deliver the electrical current to the cancerous tissue. This process effectively destroys the cancerous tissue. Then, Dr. Krathen gently scrapes the area with a curette to remove any remaining cells. The procedure is repeated as necessary until the affected tissue has been adequately treated. The treatment typically takes only a few minutes to perform.

What is the Recovery Process for Excision Surgery?

The recovery process for ED&C is generally straightforward. After the procedure, the treated area is typically covered with a protective dressing, which may need to be kept clean and dry for a few days. Some mild discomfort, swelling, and redness at the site are common, but over-the-counter pain medications can help manage any pain or discomfort. The recovery time is relatively short, and most individuals can resume their normal activities within a few days. Full recovery can take between a few weeks and a few months.

How Effective is ED&C for Skin Cancer?

ED&C has been shown to be an effective treatment option for selected cases of skin cancer. Its success depends on various factors, including the size, location, and type of skin cancer being treated. ED&C is particularly effective for small, superficial skin cancers. However, it may not be as suitable for larger, more invasive cancers or those located in cosmetically sensitive areas.

When is ED&C Considered Appropriate?

ED&C is considered appropriate for certain cases of skin cancer, such as superficial basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It may be recommended when the cancer is small, localized, and not located in areas where surgical excision would be more challenging. ED&C can be a suitable option for individuals who prefer a less invasive procedure and who have medical conditions that may preclude them from undergoing more extensive surgeries.  During your consultation, Dr. Krathen can help you determine if ED&C is the most appropriate treatment method for you.

Why Choose Florida Dermatology Specialists for ED&C?

Florida Dermatology Specialists is the premier practice for ED&C, as our team is led by Dr. Richard Krathen, board-certified Dermatologist, board-certified Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon, and fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon. With his expertise, we offer ED&C to patients who are seeking safe and effective skin cancer treatment.


If you are seeking ED&C treatment for skin cancer in Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach or the surrounding areas of Florida, look no further than Florida Dermatology Specialists. Led by Dr. Richard Krathen, a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, we are proud to provide this treatment option to patients dealing with skin cancer. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.