Contact Numbers

Tel: 0141 632 8883
Tel: 0141 632 1233
Fax: 0141 636 0654
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Opening Hours

Mon: 08:30 - 17:30
Tue: 08:30 - 17:30
Wed: 08:30 - 17:30
Thu: 08:30 - 17:30
Fri: 08:30 - 17:30
   

Evening Surgery

Mon 17.30- 18.45
Tue 17.30 - 18.30
   

Introduction

Waverley Park Medical Practice provides minor surgery for both NHS and private patients across Glasgow.

We specialise in skin surgery (excision of skin cysts, naevi, lipomas, skin tumours, and large skin tags) and toenail extractions. 

Minor surgery is performed to remove a lesion or make a diagnosis. This is done using a local anaesthetic which only numbs the skin and does not cause drowsiness. The whole procedure normally takes 30-60mins.

minor surgery

ABOUT THE PROCEDURE

The doctor will explain exactly what he/she is going to do and will ask you to sign a consent form. The local anaesthetic injection is slightly uncomfortable but eases quickly. Thereafter you should not experience any discomfort. On most occasions a few stitches will be required.

STITCHES

At the time of surgery we will tell you about where and when any stitches can be removed: the practice nurse can do this for you. If stitches are put in they will normally need to be removed 7 days later.

RESULTS

The tissue removed will be sent to the Pathology Department of the Southern General Hospital for further examination. The results are usually available within 30 days. These results will be sent back to the surgery. You should telephone your own surgery one month after your procedure (after 2pm) to learn what to do next.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW

In order to prevent problems or delay, you must tell the doctor as soon as possible if:

  • you have ever had a bad reaction to local anaesthetic, or any other medication
  • you have a heart pacemaker
  • you have a heart valve problem
  • you have any bleeding tendency, such as haemophilia
  • you take warfarin or other drugs to thin the blood including aspirin.
  • you have any chronic infection Eg Hepatitis, HIV. 

ASPIRIN/CLOPIDOGREL is used to thin the blood slightly and this can make doing a biopsy more difficult. Usually we ask that patients DO NOT take aspirin/clopidogrel for the WEEK PRIOR to the biopsy. The doctor ordering the biopsy should discuss this with you. 

Please bring all your medications with you.

CAN I DRIVE AFTERWARDS?

Usually the procedure will not directly affect your driving unless dressings need to be applied to the eye, or the lesion biopsied is on the hands or feet. However, it is a good idea to bring a companion, especially if you feel anxious about the procedure.

AFTER MINOR SURGERY

You should avoid alcohol for 24hrs after surgery.

PAIN

Severe pain is unusual following minor skin surgery and simple painkillers such as paracetamol are best. Avoid aspirin which may increase the risk of bleeding.

BLEEDING

If you find that the wound starts to bleed again some hours after surgery you can apply sustained pressure with a tissue, clean cloth or handkerchief for at least 20 minutes. If it continues to bleed, cold compresses (like a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a cloth) may help.

INFECTION

If the wound becomes increasingly red, inflamed, tender or discharges it may be infected. It is important to contact us or your own GP incase you require an antibiotic.

STRETCHING OF WOUNDS

If the wound opens up before or after removal of stitches, contact us to have the wound checked.

SCARS

Small scars are inevitable following surgery, but in some areas, particularly the upper arms, back and chest, unsightly thickened scars (keloid scars) are more likely to occur. 

NUMBNESS OR TINGLING

Minor skin nerves are sometimes damaged during surgery, leading to altered sensations or numbness. Usually the sensation gradually returns to normal.

PRIVATE MINOR SURGERY

We are able to offer a private minor surgical service for the same skin lesions. This service is often used by people requesting removal of a skin lesion for cosmetic reasons as this is no longer allowed on the NHS. If you are interested in this service please contact our practice manager Mr Grant Anthony on 0141 632 8883 and he will advise you regarding the fees and procedure, alternatively your GP can refer you. We offer very competitive rates. 

 

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