Clinics and Services - Minor Surgery

Overview

At Lion Health we offer minor surgery for a number of different skin problems including warts, tags, moles and lumps of the skin. As this surgery is performed under the NHS we must adhere to local policies on the type of skin problems that we cab operate on.

To help explain what we can perform minor surgery on, it is important to consider a few things in relation to your skin lesion.

Most skin lesions can be divided into three groups.

  • There are those that cause a serious problem, such as cancer. Your G.P. will arrange urgent review by a skin specialist if this is felt to be the case.
    • The advice is that recent change in size, in shape or in colour of these lesions (or any part of them) should encourage you to see a doctor at the practice. Protecting your skin effectively from the sun will help to reduce your chances of getting most skin cancers.
  • Then there are lesions that are not serious but can cause other problems such as getting inflamed, causing discomfort, or snagging, for instance on your clothing. This is the group of skin lesions that we deal with most commonly during our minor surgery sessions. Your G.P. will refer you to our service.
  • Then there are those lesions that are not serious and do not cause a problem, apart perhaps from their appearance. These types of lesions are not treated by the NHS and as such are not suitable for removal via our minor surgery service.

What do we treat?

So what about the things that we do treat? These may be warts and verrucae (warts on the feet). They may be lesions such as skin tags and moles, and other lumps such as sebaceous cysts which are causing problems.

The first step is to see any doctor at the practice. They can advise, and give some treatments. For instance warts and verrucae can be treated with freezing but can also be dealt with just as well with wart paint, covering, or just leaving alone Most will go within a few months to a year.

Other lesions may also be dealt with by freezing, or by cutting them out (excision) or burning them off (cautery). For these latter, which can be painful, we will probably also use local anaesthetic injection to numb the area around the lesion. The risks of these treatments are pain after the anaesthetic wears off, bleeding, infection, inflammation, and blistering. The treatment of anything on the skin will result in scarring, which can range from a slight change in the colouring of the area up to large scars. Treatment does not always completely remove things, and those that have been removed can come back (recurrence).

When does the surgery take place?

A lot of the minor surgery is carried out at Lion Health, 2 Lowndes Road, where we have a more suitable room for this. Generally this is on a set day of the week (currently Thursday morning). Having seen a doctor to discuss your problem, and if it is felt to be suitable for removal by our service, you may then have to wait for a month or two for an appointment.

Summary

So there are lesions that we can treat with minor surgery. You should ask yourself a question first - why has it been noticed, or why has it become a problem? It is important to remember danger signs - has this grown or changed in the recent past? If yes to this question, then it may need some more rapid treatment. If it is causing a problem, but has not changed recently, then we may be able to offer some treatment. See a doctor in either case.

Joint Injections

Some conditions such as osteoarthritis and other types of musculoskeletal problems can respond very well to an injection.

Your G.P. will advise or offer you an injection if it is felt suitable for your condition. Our joint injection clinic runs weekly and is designed to deliver this service in a safe and efficient manner.

Remember - all injections come with very minor risks which will be explained to you before your injection is given.