Minor surgery – any surgical procedure that does not involve general anesthesia or respiratory assistance during the surgical procedure, and does not enter a body cavity.
Which conditions can be treated?
Will it hurt?
Local anaesthetic may hurt when it is being put in. After that the procedure should be pain free. Pain after procedure depends on the complexity. Strictly following after care instructions will reduce the chances of infection and encourage/support healing.
How long does it take?
This depends on the condition treated. Often, multiple moles, warts, skin tags, actinic keratosis or seborrheic keratosis can be taken off during the span of a ½ hour to 1 hour appointment slot. Sterile procedures can take 1-2 hours.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call our office to schedule your initial evaluation. Be sure to submit your patient paperwork in advance so our doctors know what concerns you want addressed.
Existing patients can schedule their consult through the patient portal. You need to indicate in the notes that you wish to discuss minor surgery as a treatment option.
How many visits will I need to make?
This will depend upon the nature of your condition and the treatment required. If you have multiple lesions we may have to treat them in two or three sessions.
Your doctor will advise you at the initial consultation.
What if there is a risk of malignancy?
Prior to the minor surgery the doctor will conduct an examination and determine if there are any special considerations, concerns or problems. IF THERE IS ANY RISK OF MALIGNANCY YOU WILL BE REFERRED TO A SPECIALIST FOR FURTHER ASSESSMENT/TREATMENT.
More about common conditions that can be treated:
SKIN TAGS: These are small skin coloured ‘tags’ often found around the eyes, neck and in the armpits usually a few millimeters in size but they can be much larger. If they catch on clothes and jewelry or cause problems with makeup or shaving they can be removed by cautery, even if they are on the eyelid. Sometimes they form as fleshy ‘polyps’ around the anus. Normally these do not require any treatment but if they are causing symptoms they can also be removed.
MOLES: Most moles are benign patches of skin cells containing brown or almost black pigment. A small proportion of moles are cancerous (malignant melanoma) and this is a serious type of cancer. Should we think there is any possibility of you having this we will refer you to a specialist at once.
Benign moles may be flat or raised, large or small, smooth or hairy and often there is no reason to remove them. However if it is done they need to be cut out and in some cases it is wise to send them off to a laboratory to be examined.
WARTS: Viral warts are small skin growths caused by a virus infecting the skin. A viral wart on the foot is known as a verruca. Often, given long enough, viral warts will disappear on their own but this can take years rather than months. We can remove them by burning or freezing them. This may require multiple sessions to kill the virus and fully treat.
SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS (SK): These are very common. They are brown, crusty growths which build up as patches on older skin, often on a person’s back. Some people are prone and have a large number. They can irritate and sometimes catch on clothing. They are simple to remove with cautery.
SEBACEOUS CYSTS: These form under the skin when a grease gland becomes blocked and the grease builds up. They may be multiple, on the scalp or face or anywhere on the body. They can become very large and it is generally wise to remove them because they are prone to becoming infected. They have to be cut out.
DRAINAGE OF CYSTS: Some types of simple cyst can be drained with a needle and syringe. This treatment also sometimes works for a ganglion, which is a type of cyst forming around a joint for example on the finger. Unfortunately they often recur and may be best left untreated.
LIPOMAS: These are harmless growths of fatty tissue and can occur anywhere on the body, varying from small, like a pea, to large like the size of an orange, or bigger. If they are causing symptoms they can be removed. Sometimes they have grown on a stalk and can be cauterized away but more often they have to be cut out.
IN-GROWN TOENAILS: In-growing or seriously damaged toenails can cause a lot of pain. If the condition does not get better with antibiotics and careful nail trimming then part or the whole of a toenail can be removed under local anesthetic.
Our doctors are available to discuss in-office, minor surgical procedures as part of your integrative treatment plan at Revolution Health Medical Center.
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substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a health problem.
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