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Minor Surgery

Irritated by a mole, wart, skin tag or ingrown toenail? 

We offer minor surgery procedures to treat these conditions and many more!

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 are treated through minor surgery procedures? 

   Skin tags/skin biopsy (non-malignant)

   Skin cyst

   Incision and drainage of an abscess

   Warts (verruca) destruction treatment

   Mole removal

   Biopsy of growths (non-malignant)

   Ingrown toenail treatment/removal (resection or complete extraction)

   Lipomas/fatty tumors

   Actinic keratosis

   Seborrheic keratosis

   Laceration and incision repair of skin & soft tissue

   Pilonidal cyst and abscess

   Burn treatment

   Foreign body removal from skin and soft tissue

   Plus many more ...

Will it hurt?

Local anaesthetic may hurt when injected. After that, the procedure should be pain-free. Pain after the procedure depends on the complexity of the surgery. Strictly following aftercare instructions will reduce the chances of infection and 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 30 minutes to one hour. Sterile procedures can take one to two hours.

How do I make an appointment?

Request an appointment online here, or call 480.428.3232.

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 colored ‘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 melanoma, we will refer you to a specialist immediately.

Benign moles may be flat or raised, large or small, smooth or hairy, and often there is no reason to remove them. However, if needed, they can be cut out; 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 and appear as brown, crusty growths that build up as patches on older skin, often on a person’s back. Some people are prone and have a large number of them. SK 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. There 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.

DRAINAGE OF CYSTS: Some types of simple cysts 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. 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.

INGROWN TOENAILS: Ingrown 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.