Dermatological surgery consists of the removal (with or without sutures, depending on the indication) of small to medium-sized skin lesions under local anaesthetic in the practice. Larger lesions are preferably treated in hospital.
Some examples of lesions treated:
- Molluscum pendulum (acrochordons)
- Hair cysts ("burls"), epidermal cysts, sebaceous cysts
- Naevi (moles)
- Skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma,...)
- Skin biopsies, scalp biopsies
- Nail surgery
The duration of this type of operation varies between 20 and 60 minutes depending on the nature and number of lesions.
A local anaesthetic is given if necessary and you should not be fasting.
No anticoagulant treatment should be stopped before dermatological surgery
All excised lesions are sent to the laboratory for histopathological analysis.