Surgery Preparation

This leaflet has been designed to help you prepare for skin surgery procedures. Please take time to read this information prior to attending the clinic.

On arrival

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time. On arrival, the receptionist will ask you to take a seat in the waiting area before the doctor takes you to the treatment room. The doctor will describe the procedure and answer any questions you may have. You will be asked to read and sign a consent form once all the risks and benefits have of the procedure have been discussed.

The Procedure

The doctor will have advised you to have the procedure in order to diagnose your skin condition. Once this is performed and the results are available, the doctor can advise the best treatment option. The doctor will need to know if you are allergic to any medications / anaesthetics. All procedures are done under local anaesthetic; which is a small injection around the area to be removed. This will sting and then become numb very quickly. You should not feel any pain during the procedure, but may experience some touch and pressure.

Important information

* Please inform the doctor performing the procedure if you are taking aspirin or warfarin or other anti-coagulant drugs, as this may affect how much bleeding occurs.
* You do not need to fast (not eat) prior to the procedure.
* It is best if someone else collects you after the procedure as it may not be possible to drive
* The doctor will advise you regarding removal of any stitches, about wound care and post operative pain relief as required. You may also be advised to make an appointment to have your wound checked and any stitches removed.

Common procedures include:

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