Procedures

At the Western Downs Health Centre we have a fully equipped Treatment Room.

Our Doctors are able to perform Implanon insertions or removals.

Ingrown toe-nails are about to be treated at our Centre too.

Our Doctors use cryotherapy to  destroy or remove warts, actinic keratoses, solar keratoses, and molluscum contagiosum. Cryotherapy is a method of super-freezing tissue in order to destroy it.

Cryotherapy is done using a probe that has liquid nitrogen flowing through it. The procedure usually takes less than a minute.

The Doctors also perform skin procedures.

They will perform biopsies or excisions.

What you can expect during your skin biopsy depends on the type of biopsy you'll undergo.

  • For a shave biopsy, your doctor uses a sharp tool, double-edged razor or scalpel to cut the tissue. The depth of the incision varies depending on the type of biopsy and the part of the body being biopsied. A shave biopsy causes bleeding. Bleeding is stopped by applying pressure to the area or by a combination of pressure and a topical medication applied to the biopsy site.

Occasionally, the biopsy site bleeds after you leave the doctor's office. This is more likely in people taking blood-thinning medications. If this occurs, apply direct pressure to the wound for 10 to 20 minutes or cauterisation of the bleeding blood vessels.

 

 

SKIN EXCISION

This technique involves removing a skin lesion in the deeper levels of the skin down to the fatty layer under the skin. A small amount of normal tissue surrounding the lesion may be removed to ensure it is clear of any possible cancer cells (clear margins). It is more likely to be done when there is a concern about a skin cancer.

  • Most often, an area the shape of an ellipse is removed, as this makes it easier to close with sutures. Although Dr O'Reilly is skilled in many different closing techniques.
  • The entire lesion is removed, going as deep as the fat, if needed, to get the whole area. A margin of about 3 to 4 millimetres (mm) surrounding the tumour may also be removed to ensure clear margins.

The area is closed with stitches. If a large area is removed, a skin graft or flap of normal skin may be used to replace the skin that was removed.