Minor Procedures

Minor procedures or colloquially 'lumps and bumps' is the term we use for an in rooms procedure performed under local anaesthetic. For patient convenience this can be done on the same day as the consultation reducing time off work and specialist visits.

Our in hospital rooms have a treatment room with all the equipment necessary to perform minor surgery including single use disposable instruments for patient safety. When making a consultation booking please advise us if your GP  has stated that your condition is suitable for a small 'in rooms' procedure under local anaesthetic so that an appropriate appointment slot can be reserved. 

We will also give you an indication of cost when you book. Minor procedures under local anaesthetic attract a Medicare rebate with your GP referral.

What are lumps and bumps?

Many conditions that affect the skin cause the formation of lumps and bumps on the surface or below the skin. Some of the common masses include cysts, lipomas, neurofibromas, cherry angioma, dermatofibromas, folliculitis, hematoma, ganglions and keratoacanthoma.

Often suspicious skin lesions that may or may not be skin cancers are removed

All lesions removed from patients are sent for histological examination and a definitive diagnosis is obtained

What are the signs and symptoms of lumps and bumps?

Most of the growths are benign and do not cause much harm. Some may cause discomfort and press against a nerve, while others can become infected and cause irritation.

How can I tell if my lump is cancerous?

It is rare for a lump or bump to be cancerous. You should be worried if your lump:

  • Grows rapidly
  • Grows larger than 2 inches
  • Causes persistent pain
  • Interferes with your regular activities
  • Attaches itself to deeper tissues
  • Is hard
  • Is black
  • Shows signs of infection such as:
    • Redness
    • Increased temperature
    • Pus

All lesions that are removed are sent to the pathologist for examination

When should I consider removing the mass?

After close inspection, your GP will inform you if you need to remove the growth or let it be. Any lump that is suspected to be cancerous needs to be removed. You may choose to remove the lump for aesthetic reasons as well.

What are the treatment options for lumps and bumps?

Most skin growths are harmless and resolve on their own, without the need for any treatment. However, if they cause discomfort and are cosmetically not pleasing the lesions are surgically removed (cut out).

You will have a few stitches and a waterproof dressing to cover the wound.

How do I prepare for a minor procedure?

Before a minor surgery, you are advised to stop taking certain medications. Shower before the procedure, but refrain from shaving, and applying any lotion or powder on the affected region.

What is the procedure followed for a minor surgery?

Minor surgery to remove lumps and bumps is performed under local anaesthesia. An incision is made, the growth is removed and the skin is closed with sutures. The excised tissue may be sent for further examination. The entire process may take 30-60 minutes to complete.

What can I expect after surgery?

Minor surgeries are performed under local anaesthetic without the requirement for hospital admission. You will be able to go home immediately following the procedure but we do ask you to bring a driver in case you feel a little ligh headed. You may experience swelling and bruising at the site of surgery, which can be reduced by using an ice pack. Your dressing can be removed on the second day and you can wet the incisions, but do not soak or vigorously rub your incisions. Avoid applying pressure on the region for 10 days.

Depending on the location of the growth and the nature of your work, you should be able to resume work the next day.

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the below:

  • High fever
  • Increasing pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Pus draining

Other Minor Procedures

In addition to skin lesions and lumps and bumps this practice is expert in Wedge resection of Ingrown toenails

Wedge Resection of Ingrown Toenails

A wedge resection is a minor surgical procedure performed to treat a painful ingrown toenail.