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About South Bay Skin Cancer and Melanoma Institute

Here at South Bay Skin Cancer & Melanoma Institute, our surgeons treat a variety of skin cancers ranging from Basal Cell carcinoma, Squamous Cell carcinoma, Melanoma and rare ones like Merkel Cell carcinoma. We work closely with our Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Oncology and Radiation Oncology colleagues to provide the most tailored treatment for our patients.

SERVICES

Melanoma Specialist

Melanoma is a serious and potentially deadly kind of skin cancer, but there is hope. The surgeons at Association of South Bay Surgeons check irregular moles, diagnose melanoma, and provide effective treatments like excisional skin biopsy when they’re needed.

Melanoma Q & A

Melanoma is a type of aggressive skin cancer. This type of cancer comes from cells which produce skin color. The cause of this skin cancer is likely from overexposure to the sun and its powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The damage from overexposure to the sun can lead to moles or skin changes. Not all moles are cancerous, but those with unusual characteristics may indicate melanoma. It is highly recommended to get your skin checked regularly especially if you are under the sun a lot or frequent the tanning salon.

The cause of malignant melanoma is the uncontrolled expansion of the melanocytes, the pigment cells of the skin. Studies suggest that UV radiation is a major contributor to this melanocyte growth. Both sun exposure and tanning beds may cause melanomas. UV radiation damages the DNA within the cells, and this results in mutations in the genes. As the rapid cellular division occurs, those mutations are transmitted to new sets of cells. Soon, the growth rate can be uncontrollable, resulting in tumors.

Usually there are no symptoms associated with melanoma until late stages of the disease.

Only a doctor can diagnose malignant melanomas. A malignant melanoma is typically asymmetrical, has an irregular border, has more than 1 color, and is more than 6 mm in size. Patients should also keep a close watch on wounds as they heal, because slow-healing lesions may indicate melanoma. The doctor performs both a visual exam and another type of skin exam, such as a dermatoscopic exam. Growths that are suspected to be malignant melanomas are typically biopsied.

Treatment of melanoma

The treatment of this disease usually requires a team of physicians such as a dermatologist, oncologist, and surgeon. However, once diagnosed with melanoma the only cure is complete resection. This will require a wide resection around the melanoma skin site. Also, melanoma travels from the original location to other locations in the body through lymph nodes. If the melanoma is deep enough on the skin it may be necessary to check and remove several surrounding lymph nodes to see if the melanoma has not spread.

Other treatments

Aside from surgery, other medical treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy may play a supporting role.

This will depend on the location of the melanoma and whether or not lymph nodes will need to be taken. Also at times if the site of the melanoma is on the face or is large a plastic surgeon may be needed for reconstruction.

For the majority of patients with skin melanoma, patients usually return home 2-3 hours after surgery. Select few may require an overnight stay in the hospital depending on if or how many lymph nodes are taken and how large the skin resection is. Most patients have mild surgery incision site pain lasting 3-5 days and usually resume full physical activity within 2-3 weeks.

Squamous Cell Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin is the second most common form of skin cancer, characterized by abnormal, accelerated growth of squamous cells. When caught early, most SCCs are curable.

One of three main types of cells in the top layer of the skin (the epidermis), squamous cells are flat cells located near the surface of the skin that shed continuously as new ones form.

SCC occurs when DNA damage from exposure to ultraviolet radiation or other damaging agents trigger abnormal changes in the squamous cells. SCCs can appear as scaly red patches, open sores, rough, thickened or wart-like skin, or raised growths with a central depression. At times, SCCs may crust over, itch or bleed. The lesions most commonly arise in sun-exposed areas of the body.

While the majority of SCCs can be easily and successfully treated, if allowed to grow, these lesions can become disfiguring, dangerous and even deadly. Untreated SCCs can become invasive, grow into deeper layers of skin and spread to other parts of the body. Contact us today for an appointment.

Basal Cell Cancer

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. In the U.S. alone, more than 4 million cases are diagnosed each year. BCCs arise from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells.

Because BCCs grow slowly, most are curable and cause minimal damage when caught and treated early. Understanding BCC causes, risk factors and warning signs can help you detect them early, when they are easiest to treat and cure.

One of three main types of cells in the top layer of the skin, basal cells shed as new ones form. BCC most often occurs when DNA damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning triggers changes in basal cells in the outermost layer of skin (epidermis), resulting in uncontrolled growth.

BCCs can look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, scars or growths with slightly elevated, rolled edges and/or a central indentation. At times, BCCs may ooze, crust, itch or bleed. The lesions commonly arise in sun-exposed areas of the body. In patients with darker skin, about half of BCCs are pigmented (meaning brown in color).

While BCCs rarely spread beyond the original tumor site, if allowed to grow, these lesions can be disfiguring and dangerous. Untreated BCCs can become locally invasive, grow wide and deep into the skin and destroy skin, tissue and bone. The longer you wait to have a BCC treated, the more likely it is to recur, sometimes repeatedly.

There are some highly unusual, aggressive cases when BCC spreads to other parts of the body. In even rarer instances, this type of BCC can become life-threatening.

Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment.

OUR SPECIALITIES

South Bay Breast Center

Welcome to the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care Since 1995

At the Comprehensive Center for Breast Care at ASBS we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Our Center brings together the South Bay’s premier multidisciplinary breast cancer team. Specialists from medical, radiation and surgical oncology work together to provide the most advanced individualized treatment plans. We treat close to 500 women each year and offer comprehensive screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical breast services, nutrition and genetics counseling, and a full array of psycho-social support for patients and families.

South Bay Metabolic and Weight Loss Institute

Our Surgical Weight Loss Team

At the Association of South Bay Surgeons, we’ve harnessed the collaborative power of multiple specialists and sub specialists into one comprehensive team of expert surgeons. For more than 10 years, we’ve provided quality care for our patients while paving the way for future medical innovations. Since the practice was formed in 1995, our surgeons have performed countless procedures. You can feel confident that our physicians have the experience needed to provide patients with the best possible care. And now, many of these surgeries can be performed using minimally-invasive techniques. This benefits patients in many ways – smaller scars, less bleeding, less pain and quicker recovery.

Center for Liver, Pancreas, and Complex Cancers

Pancreatic Surgery Specialist

Surgery is a highly effective means of dealing with many common types of cancer. The doctors at Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced in the diagnosis and staging (determining the extent) of cancer, and surgically treat many cancers safely and effectively.

Laparoscopic Surgery Specialist

Advanced laparoscopic surgery is the new era of modern surgery. The highly experienced physicians at Association of South Bay Surgeons use this surgical technique to deal with a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. With the tiny incisions, recovery is much faster and easier than it would be with open surgery.

Liver Surgery Specialist

Liver malfunctions may be caused by cysts, cancer, or something else. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is critical to maintaining good health. The Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced in this area, and they’re here to help. Call the office today for an appointment or consultation.

General Surgery – Our Approach

General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g. intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland (depending on the availability of head and neck surgery specialists). They also deal with diseases involving the skin, the breasts, and hernias.

Robotic Surgery Institute

Many surgery patients now opt for robotic surgery. This type of surgery is much less invasive than open surgery and allows for faster recovery. The team at Association of South Bay Surgeons helps patients consider their surgical options. Contact the office today for an appointment or consultation.

South Bay Hernia Institute

Our expertly trained surgeons provide the most up to date treatment for a variety of hernias ranging from the simple to the more complex. In addition to traditional methods of repair, we also offer minimally invasive techniques, including the Da Vinci Robot, for most types of hernias allowing for a faster recovery and less postoperative pain.

South Bay Colon and Rectal Specialists

Colon issues can include large bowel obstruction, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, and more. The highly skilled surgeons at the Association of South Bay Surgeons offer both open and laparoscopic colon resections to help their patients get normal function back.

Endocrine Specialists

Parathyroid Specialist

Parathyroid glands are tiny glands on the corners of the thyroid gland within the neck. The parathyroid glands help regulate calcium levels, which allow the nervous and muscular systems to function at their peak. When the parathyroid gland is diseased, the surgeons at Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced, help with specialized surgery.

Thyroid Specialist

The thyroid gland can develop a number of different diseases that cause serious symptoms, and surgical treatment is often the best solution. The Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced, offers a variety of treatment options customized to the patient.

Adrenal Specialist

The adrenal glands are responsible for producing important hormones, and when there are problems, it causes serious medical issues. The experienced team at the Association of South Bay Surgeons effectively deal with adrenal gland cancer and other issues. Call the offices to schedule a consultation today.

South Bay Skin Cancer and Melanoma Institute

Skin Specialists

Here at South Bay Skin Cancer & Melanoma Institute, our surgeons treat a variety of skin cancers ranging from Basal Cell carcinoma, Squamous Cell carcinoma, Melanoma and rare ones like Merkel Cell carcinoma. We work closely with our Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Oncology and Radiation Oncology colleagues to provide the most tailored treatment for our patients.

South Bay Reflux and Esophageal Specialists

Gastric Procedures Specialist

Gastric issues like ulcers, polyps, cancer, and gastroparesis can be effectively diagnosed and treated by the experienced surgeons at Association of South Bay Surgeons. Treatment includes minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery that allows for a fast recovery.

GERD Specialist

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, commonly known as GERD, causes major problems with digestion and overall health. The Association of South Bay Surgeons helps patients deal with the most severe cases of GERD that require specialized surgical correction. To learn more about how surgical intervention can help GERD, contact the offices today.

Esophagus

Our board-certified & fellowship-trained surgeons are skilled at diagnosing and treating esophageal diseases, including:

  • Neuro-muscular diseases (achalasia, nutcracker esophagus, esophageal spasm)
  • Barrett’s Esophagus

OUR SPECIALITIES

South Bay Breast Center

Welcome to the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care Since 1995

At the Comprehensive Center for Breast Care at ASBS we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Our Center brings together the South Bay’s premier multidisciplinary breast cancer team. Specialists from medical, radiation and surgical oncology work together to provide the most advanced individualized treatment plans. We treat close to 500 women each year and offer comprehensive screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical breast services, nutrition and genetics counseling, and a full array of psycho-social support for patients and families.

South Bay Metabolic and Weight Loss Institute

Our Surgical Weight Loss Team

At the Association of South Bay Surgeons, we’ve harnessed the collaborative power of multiple specialists and sub specialists into one comprehensive team of expert surgeons. For more than 10 years, we’ve provided quality care for our patients while paving the way for future medical innovations. Since the practice was formed in 1995, our surgeons have performed countless procedures. You can feel confident that our physicians have the experience needed to provide patients with the best possible care. And now, many of these surgeries can be performed using minimally-invasive techniques. This benefits patients in many ways – smaller scars, less bleeding, less pain and quicker recovery.

Center for Liver, Pancreas, and Complex Cancers

Pancreatic Surgery Specialist

Surgery is a highly effective means of dealing with many common types of cancer. The doctors at Association of South Bay Surgeons  are experienced in the diagnosis and staging (determining the extent) of cancer, and surgically treat many cancers safely and effectively.

Laparoscopic Surgery Specialist

Advanced laparoscopic surgery is the new era of modern surgery. The highly experienced physicians at Association of South Bay Surgeons use this surgical technique to deal with a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. With the tiny incisions, recovery is much faster and easier than it would be with open surgery.

Liver Surgery Specialist

Liver malfunctions may be caused by cysts, cancer, or something else. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is critical to maintaining good health. The Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced in this area, and they’re here to help. Call the office today for an appointment or consultation.

General Surgery – Our Approach

General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g. intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland (depending on the availability of head and neck surgery specialists). They also deal with diseases involving the skin, the breasts, and hernias.

Robotic Surgery Institute

Many surgery patients now opt for robotic surgery. This type of surgery is much less invasive than open surgery and allows for faster recovery. The team at Association of South Bay Surgeons  helps patients consider their surgical options. Contact the office today for an appointment or consultation.

South Bay Hernia Institute

Our expertly trained surgeons provide the most up to date treatment for a variety of hernias ranging from the simple to the more complex. In addition to traditional methods of repair, we also offer minimally invasive techniques, including the Da Vinci Robot, for most types of hernias allowing for a faster recovery and less postoperative pain.

South Bay Colon and Rectal Specialists

Colon issues can include large bowel obstruction, colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, and more. The highly skilled surgeons at the Association of South Bay Surgeons offer both open and laparoscopic colon resections to help their patients get normal function back.

Endocrine Specialists

Parathyroid Specialist

Parathyroid glands are tiny glands on the corners of the thyroid gland within the neck. The parathyroid glands help regulate calcium levels, which allow the nervous and muscular systems to function at their peak. When the parathyroid gland is diseased, the surgeons at Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced, help with specialized surgery.

Thyroid Specialist

The thyroid gland can develop a number of different diseases that cause serious symptoms, and surgical treatment is often the best solution. The Association of South Bay Surgeons are experienced, offers a variety of treatment options customized to the patient.

Adrenal Specialist

The adrenal glands are responsible for producing important hormones, and when there are problems, it causes serious medical issues. The experienced team at the Association of South Bay Surgeons effectively deal with adrenal gland cancer and other issues. Call the offices to schedule a consultation today.

South Bay Skin Cancer and Melanoma Institute

Skin Specialists

Here at South Bay Skin Cancer & Melanoma Institute, our surgeons treat a variety of skin cancers ranging from Basal Cell carcinoma, Squamous Cell carcinoma, Melanoma and rare ones like Merkel Cell carcinoma. We work closely with our Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Oncology and Radiation Oncology colleagues to provide the most tailored treatment for our patients.

South Bay Reflux and Esophogeal Specialists

Gastric Procedures Specialist

Gastric issues like ulcers, polyps, cancer, and gastroparesis can be effectively diagnosed and treated by the experienced surgeons at Association of South Bay Surgeons. Treatment includes minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery that allows for a fast recovery.

GERD Specialist

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, commonly known as GERD, causes major problems with digestion and overall health. The Association of South Bay Surgeons helps patients deal with the most severe cases of GERD that require specialized surgical correction. To learn more about how surgical intervention can help GERD, contact the offices today.

Esophagus

Our board-certified & fellowship-trained surgeons are skilled at diagnosing and treating esophageal diseases, including:

  • Neuro-muscular diseases (achalasia, nutcracker esophagus, esophageal spasm)
  • Barrett’s Esophagus

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Patients Say

*All opinions expressed are the sole viewpoint of the individual patient, and as such should not be treated as medical advice. Results will vary for every individual.*

Frequently Asked Questions

Recovery time can vary, but the typical bariatric surgery patient stays 2-3 days for the laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, and 4-6 days for revisional surgery or the open gastric bypass. The band patients are usually home the same day and do not need to stay overnight.

An exercise regimen is key to maintaining weight loss, and your team at the South Bay Metabolic and Weightloss Institute will help you develop a plan. You’ll start by walking soon as soon as you can after surgery, and continuing to walk more once you go home. Patients with knee or ankle problems are encouraged to swim or bicycle, once cleared by their surgeon.

Patients must stop smoking before any weight loss surgery. Smokers risk having lung problems or infections after surgery. It also slows the healing process. Smoking after surgery can also lead to complications such as ulcers after the bypass or sleeve, or erosion of the band in those patients.

Your doctor and dietician will help you with your specific eating plan, but you can expect to be on a liquid diet right after surgery. After two weeks you can then begin eating pureed or semi-solid food. Most patients resume eating solid food after about four weeks. Again, your doctor and care team will outline your specific diet plan.

National guidelines suggest that bariatric surgery should only be performed on patients 18 years of age or older. Patients should be mature enough to handle the commitment and hard work needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.

Each policy is different, though many insurance providers understand that this is a medically necessary and lifesaving procedure. Your team at the South Bay Metabolic and Weightloss Institute will help you to work with your insurance company to determine your bariatric surgery coverage.

If you’re planning to become pregnant, your surgeon will advise you on how long you should wait. Patients are typically told to wait about 18 months, or when your weight loss and nutritional status has stabilized.

No problem. The specialists at the South Bay Metabolic and Weightloss Institute have over 30 years experience with revisions and caring for patients with prior historical procedures/surgeries not performed anymore.

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Albert Y. Lam

Albert Y. Lam

MD, FACS, Director

Skin Cancer, Hernia, & General Surgery

Son Nguyen

Son Nguyen

MD, FACS, Director

Skin Cancer, Hernia, & Colorectal Surgery

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  • Open surgery – An open operation means a large incision cutting the skin and tissues so the surgeon has a full view of the structures or organs involved.
  • Minimally invasive surgery – Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgery that does not require a large incision. Another term is “Key Hole Surgery”. This usually involves the use of a video camera and small slender instruments. These instruments can be directly held by the surgeon (laparoscopic) or controlled by a machine through a console (robotic). This approach allows for faster recovery with less pain. Not all conditions are suitable for minimally invasive surgery.

 

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