If one of our medical practitioners suspect your spot or lesion is malignant in nature and can progress into or may be skin cancer, we can offer you Skin Cancer Surgery. For your added convenience, this is done at the practice by one of our experienced General Practitioners.
This is a quick and simple procedure, requiring local anaesthetic to numb the area before an excision is performed and then stitched up. Depending on the size and nature of the spot, this procedure could be as small as a biopsy, where a small amount of tissue is taken to be sent to a laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.
What to expect:
- The doctor will prepare the area using a skin marker and local anaesthetic, under a hand held microscope.
- The doctor will then begin the excision using a scalpel, following the lines of the markings in a eclipse shape.
- The doctor will remove this area of tissue and send it to the laboratory to be examined for diagnosis.
- If required, the doctor may then use a Bipolar Machine, which uses electrocautery to stop the wound from bleeding.
- The doctor will then close the wound using stitches and apply tape to hold the stitches in place temporarily.
- You will then require a follow up appointment 2 days post-procedure for wound care and again for removal of stitches when required.
All of the instruments used are sterilised using dry heat sterilisers, ovens and UV chambers. This ensures that all of our equipment is of the highest hygiene standard.