You may need a biopsy, for example on a rash or large lesion (bump, lump or patch), so that we can take a small sample of tissue for further investigation. In some cases, you may need surgery to remove a lesion.
Types of skin surgery
We use various surgical methods including complete excision (removal), shave excisions (slicing off), curettage (scraping off), cautery (burning off) or cryotherapy (freezing off). We usually perform these types of surgery under local anaesthetic which involves an injection.
Stitches and scarring
We repair the skin to leave as neat a scar as possible but we can’t remove a lesion without leaving a mark or scar. Biopsies and excisions usually need stitches that your GP practice nurse can remove.
Where we treat our patients
We see patients at Amersham Hospital, Wycombe Hospital and Stoke Mandeville Hospital for skin surgery.