Your skin growth will be excised (removed surgically) in the clinic or day procedure centre and will be sent for pathology (microscopic examination.)
Please tell us if:
- You are taking blood thinners, e.g. Warfarin, Aspirin, Cardiprin, Cartia, Vitamin E, arthritis tablets or other supplements.
- You have ever had a reaction to local anaesthetic injections.
- You have heart trouble or a pacemaker.
- You are allergic to antibiotics or sticky tape.
- You have had a joint replacement.
- You are at risk of Hepatitis or HIV/AIDS
Stitches (sutures) are used to close the wound after surgery. The type of stitch we use depends on the surgery and your skin. Stitches that need removal are usually taken out 7 to 14 days after surgery. Stitch removal takes only a few minutes and is not particularly painful. Sometimes we use stitches that dissolve by themselves.
The dressing we apply to your wound is to be kept dry for 24-48 hours. You will be given written instructions telling you exactly how to take care of the wound.
Postoperative discomfort is usually mild, and lasts only 12 to 24 hours after surgery. If it lasts longer, or you have severe pain, please call our clinic. If a pain-killer is needed, take Panadol. Remember, no aspirin for 48 hours after surgery.
All surgery produces a scar. Every effort will be made to minimise the scar. Often a scar may be barely visible. On the chest, shoulders, back, arms, and legs, however, scars may spread and become thickened, and may be quite noticeable.
Other Side Effects
- Bleeding may rarely occur following surgery and this should be fairly easy to control with pressure. You should take a gauze pad, lie down and apply constant pressure over the bleeding point for twenty minutes.
- Sometimes a red area may develop surrounding your wound and if associated with pain may indicate infection. If this redness does not subside quickly or if accompanied by increasing pain, swelling and a fever, or any evidence of draining pus then you should notify our clinic immediately or see your GP.
- Swelling and bruising are very common following surgery especially when it is performed around the eyes. This condition will usually subside four or five days after surgery and may be decreased by sleeping with the head slightly elevated and by using an icepack for short periods of time during the first twenty-four hours after surgery.
- At times the area adjacent to the operative site may become numb to touch. This area of anaesthesia (numbness) may persist for several months or longer. In some instances it may be permanent. If this occurs please discuss it with the Doctor at your follow up visit.
- Infrequently when deeper sutures are used one of these may find its way to the surface and present as a small thread or lump. This can often be easily removed so let the clinic know if this is a problem.
- Scars are typically red for a couple of months or more. Persistent and obvious redness in the scar may be helped by a variety of laser treatments.
How Do I Prepare For the Day of Surgery:-
- Please arrange a relative or a friend to accompany you either by private transport or taxi.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that will not disturb the dressing.
- At home, have Panadol or Panadeine for pain relief, and an ice pack or frozen peas available to use after the surgery.
- Do not plan on physical activities (golf, lawn bowls, sports etc) for at least 3-4 weeks. A sutured wound takes at least one month to develop 50% of the strength of normal skin.
Please take note:-
- If you have any questions or concerns, please ask.
- If you would like to bring someone with you, please do.