Original ArticlesOutcome of Aspirin Use During Excision of Cutaneous LesionsShalom, Avi MD*; Wong, Lesley MD† Author Information From the *Department of Plastic Surgery, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel; and the †Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine–Chattanooga Unit, TN. Received Jul 3, 2000, and in revised form Jul 24, 2002. Accepted for publication Jul 24, 2002. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Wong, Department of Plastic Surgery, 979 East Third Street, Suite C920, Chattanooga, TN 37403. Shalom A, Wong L. Outcome of aspirin use during excision of cutaneous lesions. Annals of Plastic Surgery: March 2003 - Volume 50 - Issue 3 - p 296-298 doi: 10.1097/01.SAP.0000037275.54751.4E Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief The perioperative course of 253 patients undergoing excision of cutaneous and subcutaneous lesions by the same surgeon was evaluated, comparing patients using aspirin and those not using aspirin. Intraoperative methods of obtaining hemostasis and the incidence of postoperative complications were evaluated. Suture ligatures were used more frequently in the group using aspirin, but there was no statistical difference in the use of electrocautery. There was also no difference in the incidence of wound dehiscence, erythema, or hematoma. The outcome of excision of cutaneous and subcutaneous lesions under local anesthesia is not affected by patients using aspirin. In a study of skin or subcutaneous excisions under local anesthesia, 41 patients using aspirin (110-320 mg every day) were compared with 212 not using aspirin. There was no difference in complication rates, although suture ligatures were required more frequently in those using aspirin. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.