Getting to the source of your issue
After being seen and assessed by Dr. Coffey, a booking in our surgical clinic can provide a variety of solutions.
Types of surgeries performed:
- Elliptical excision of moles, premalignant and malignant lesions
- Shave/cauterization excision of premalignant and malignant lesions
- Curettage and cautery
- Toenail/fingernail removal
What should I do before my appointment?
- We advise our patients to discontinue smoking or drinking alcohol one week before and one week after surgery, as it can create complications with bleeding, healing, and infections.
- Be sure to inform us if you have a PACEMAKER, thyroid disease, or if you are currently pregnant.
- Make sure to inform us if you have any artificial joints or heart valves, or if you have a heart murmur, as a course of antibiotics may be indicated.
- Have breakfast the morning of your procedure.
Please note: make arrangements for someone to drive you home after your procedure. If you have a fainting or seizure disorder, please notify nurses prior to surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your surgery, please phone ahead of time and speak with the nurse for clarification.
What should I expect from this treatment?
After you check in with the receptionist, you will be taken into an exam room. The nurse will confirm your reason for visit. Dr. Coffey will mark the area for removal, and then the nurse will freeze the area with Xylocaine. This freezing works instantly and lasts for a few hours.
Depending on the issue, your surgery will last anywhere from ten minutes to one hour.
Please note: medical staff will assist with the procedure.
What are some of the possible side effects?
Some of the common side effects include:
- Numbness of surgery site
- Decreased movement
- Minor oozing of biopsy site
- Light headed or dizzy spells
Some of the more uncommon side effects may include:
- Suture failure with opening of wound
- Thick itchy scar (keloid)
- Fainting episode
- Pigment changes to area of biopsy
Some of the rare side effects can include:
- Injury to the nerve resulting in permanent loss or partial loss of movement to the muscle group in this area.
- Major infection requiring antibiotic medications.