Dr James Cotter
MyCorkGP is delighted to announce that we are now offering a dedicated Minor Surgery clinic. We provide rapid access to a comprehensive list of minor surgery procedures. Many procedures are reimbursable under, VHI, LAYA, Irish Life. If you are a subscriber and wish to avail of this, please request a receipt on the day from reception which you can submit to your insurer and request reimbursement. Procedures are performed under local anesthetic and are pain free.
Some of the procedures that may be covered:
- Removal of verrucas/warts (cryotherapy)
- Removal of skin tags (cryotherapy)
- Incision and drainage of abscesses
- Lipoma removal
- Sebaceous cyst removal
- Removal of foreign body from eyes/ears/nose
- Excision of ingrowing toe nails
A cyst is a slow-growing, protein-filled, dome-like, yellow or white lump that can move easily under the skin. There are many types of cysts — hundreds, actually. Unlike epidermoid cysts, which originate from the skin, and unlike pilar cysts, which come from hair follicles, true sebaceous cysts are rare and originate from your sebaceous glands.
Sebaceous cysts can be found on your entire body (except the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet). When squeezed, the punctum (a small dome-shaped projection) will appear. Through that opening, the fluid (sebum) inside may be squeezed out.
Sebaceous cysts are usually harmless. Very few can become malignant (cancerous).
Warts sometimes go away on their own, but it can take years. If you don't want to wait, you may want to freeze them off. Doctors call this process cryotherapy. It’s one of the most common ways to get rid of warts. It may also lower the chances that the warts will spread to other parts of your body.
You can get cryosurgery, which usually only takes a few minutes, in your doctor's surgery.Most doctors use liquid nitrogen, which can reach temperatures as low as -320 F to freeze off the wart. Your doctor may shave off dead skin on the wart area with a blade before doing the cryosurgery.
A lipoma is a round or oval-shaped lump of tissue that grows just beneath the skin. It’s made of fat, moves easily when you touch it and doesn’t usually cause pain. Lipomas can appear anywhere on the body, but they’re most common on the back, trunk (torso), arms, shoulders and neck.
Lipomas are benign soft tissue tumours they grow slowly and are not cancerous. Most lipomas don’t need treatment. If a lipoma is bothering you, your healthcare provider can remove it with an outpatient procedure.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, inflamed skin, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect the big toe. If excessive inflammation, swelling, pain and discharge are present, the toenail is probably infected and should be treated by a doctor. You may need to take oral antibiotics and the nail may need to be partially or completely removed . The doctor can surgically remove a portion of the nail, a portion of the underlying nail bed, some of the adjacent soft tissues and even a part of the growth center. Surgery is effective in eliminating the nail edge from growing inward and cutting into the fleshy folds as the toenail grows forward. Permanent removal of the nail may be advised for children with chronic, recurrent infected ingrown toenails.
Cryotherapy, which literally means ‘cold therapy’, is a non-surgical technique that employs liquid nitrogen to remove skin lesions by freezing the skin cells until they die and fall off.
The freezing treatment normally involves 5-10 seconds of the liquid spray being applied locally to the target area, with a break between treatment cycles. The duration and number of treatment cycles depend on the skin type and the nature of the problem.
Over the days following treatment, a scab will form which will take a couple of weeks to fall off – this process cannot be hurried. Depending on the response of the tissue treated, follow up sessions may be required.
- Initial consultation €60
- Cryotherapy €60
- Implanon insertion/removal €100
- Incision and drainage of abscess
- Removal of skin tags, moles, non-pigmented lesions, sebaceous cysts, and lipomas €250
- Skin and Soft tissue Laceration repair €200
- Removal of ingrown toenail €250
- Removal of foreign body €150
- Skin Biopsy €100
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Douglas Road Medical Centre