A skin biopsy is a diagnostic medical procedure used to identify skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer, and certain infections. During a skin biopsy, medical professionals remove a small skin sample for laboratory examination. The results typically become available within one to two weeks. Based on the results, our team will determine the proper treatment course.
What To Expect
During the appointment, our provider will cleanse the site before the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to reduce discomfort. After the procedure, the site will be covered with a bandage or sterile dressing. Small biopsies generally do not require stitches, but you may experience soreness that will resolve within a few days.
Have you noticed any recent skin growths? A mole is a cluster made up of many skin cells. Even though most moles are benign, they may become harmful due to abnormal cells. For that reason, we encourage our clients to discuss new growths and changes in appearance to existing growths during an annual screening. Moles may change in size, color, or even shape!
A skin biopsy can identify abnormal cells and determine whether mole removal is necessary. In some cases, mole removal is performed for cosmetic purposes.
What To Expect
For the most part, mole removal is a relatively simple procedure. There are two different types of removal techniques – surgical excision and surgical shave. A surgical excision may require stitches, but a surgical shave usually does not require sutures.
During the appointment, our provider will cleanse the site before the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to reduce discomfort. After the procedure, our team of professionals will provide aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing takes place.
Cysts, Boils, and Abscesses
Cysts are abnormal, membranous sacs or cavities that contain fluid. They can vary in size from small to a few centimeters across. Cysts are usually not painful, but they may become infected. On the other hand, boils result from a localized skin infection that originates within the hair follicle or oil gland. Abscesses are tender masses that are typically caused by bacterial infections. They are often painful, producing discomfort for our patients.
What do cysts, boils, and abscesses have in common? They may develop on any part of the human body. When a skin infection arises, it is essential to seek prompt medical treatment.
What To Expect
A consultation will allow our provider to conduct an examination and determine proper treatment. For example, you may require a fine needle aspiration or incision and drainage.
In some cases, drainage is collected for bacterial cultures and other laboratory testing. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be provided to fight the bacteria or prevent future onset.
Fine Needle Aspiration
During the appointment, our provider will cleanse the site before the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to reduce discomfort. Then, a thin needle is inserted directly into the site. Any fluid or pus accumulation is drained through the needle.
Incision and Drainage
Like a fine needle aspiration, most incision and drainage procedures require a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. A small incision is made on the site to drain any fluid or pus accumulation. Multiple office visits may be necessary to treat large areas.
A laceration repair involves cleaning, preparing, and closing a wound. It is essential to clean the affected area(s) to prevent unwanted infection. There are multiple techniques that we can apply to close an open wound. A special skin glue or skin closure strips may be sufficient. Still, some patients may require stitches or staples to close more severe wounds.
A joint injection is a non-surgical alternative that can help treat joint pain and arthritis. By combining a corticosteroid with a local anesthetic, patients can benefit from instant and long-term pain relief. In addition, corticosteroids effectively reduce inflammation, which can also improve your range of motion and boost the positive effects of physical therapy.
What To Expect
During the appointment, the solution is gently administered directly into the damaged joint tissue. We may use x-ray imaging to ensure accuracy and effectiveness. Treatment is done in an outpatient setting and takes about 20 minutes, followed by a brief rest period. Multiple injections may be administered during a single office visit, and multiple treatments may be required for optimal results.
Trigger Point Injection
A trigger point injection (TPI) is another effective option for non-surgical pain management. It generally contains a local anesthetic, saline solution, and may include a corticosteroid. This solution can improve muscle pain caused by trigger points, especially in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. When small knots form in these sensitive areas, they cause unwanted pain.
Trigger point injections can help prevent muscle spasms and offer a better quality of life for those with fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome.
What To Expect
During the appointment, the solution is gently administered directly into the trigger point to soothe muscle pain. Treatment is done in an outpatient setting in just a few minutes, making it a convenient option for anyone with a busy schedule. Multiple injections may be administered during a single office visit, and multiple treatments may be required for optimal results.
Cryosurgery is a medical treatment that utilizes extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissue cells. This solution effectively treats lesions on the skin’s surface in the affected area(s), but it can also be applied inside the body using a device called a cryoprobe. This localized treatment allows professionals to target specific areas in just seconds, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.
Cryosurgery can be done with local anesthesia in an outpatient setting, meaning it usually does not require a hospital stay. A consultation with our provider will help determine the proper treatment course for desired results.
Cryosurgery can be performed safely throughout multiple treatment sessions until the abnormal tissue cells are entirely removed.
How It Works
During the procedure, liquid nitrogen is typically applied to the target area(s). Carbon dioxide and argon may also be used to freeze abnormal tissue cells, prompting the body to generate new healthy tissue.
What To Expect
After the procedure, you may notice a blister formation on the frozen external tissue. However, it will peel off after a few days, revealing new healthy skin. When it comes to more complex internal treatment, the body’s immune system will naturally help remove the frozen dead cells.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery offers a minimally invasive treatment option with good cosmetic results.
What types of skin lesions can be treated with cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery can effectively treat benign and abnormal skin lesions, including actinic keratoses, seborrheic keratoses, molluscum, cherry angiomas, skin tags, and warts.