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Minor Surgery

At LivingCare all Minor Surgery procedures are carried out by a specialist team of GPwSI in Minor Surgery and supported by fully trained nurses.

Patients with the following conditions may be referred to this service:

Skin lesions are lumps or bumps on your skin such as cysts, warts or skin tags. Most skin lesions are harmless and don’t need to be removed although your doctor may recommend you have a lesion removed if it’s causing you significant problems, if there’s any concern it could be cancerous or is physically causing you discomfort.

LivingCare can treat minor lesions, general skin lesions and skin lesions on head/neck/axilla.

Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin. They're harmless and can usually be left alone if they're small and painless.

Lipomas are non-cancerous (benign) and are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells. They can grow anywhere in the body where there are fat cells, but are usually seen on the:

  • shoulders
  • neck
  • chest
  • arms
  • back
  • buttock
  • thigh

They feel soft and "doughy" to touch and range from the size of a pea to a few centimetres across. They grow very slowly and don't usually cause any other problems.

Occasionally, lipomas can develop deeper inside the body, so you won't be able to see or feel them.

You should see your GP if you develop a growth or swelling on your body. They can examine it and confirm whether it's a lipoma.

When a lipoma is pressed, it should feel smooth and soft, like rubber or dough. It may move about under the skin.

If there's any doubt, your GP may recommend that you have an ultrasound scan, a biopsy or that the lump is removed altogether. LivingCare can provide any of these for you.

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a relatively common condition that causes a tingling sensation, numbness and sometimes pain in the hand and fingers.

Usually, these sensations develop gradually and start off being worse during the night. They tend to affect the thumb, index finger and middle finger.

Other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • pins and needles (paraesthesia)
  • thumb weakness
  • a dull ache in the hand or arm

In some cases CTS will disappear without treatment, or simple self-care measures will reduce the symptoms.

Non-surgical treatments, such as wrist splints and corticosteroid injections, are used to treat mild or moderate symptoms.

Surgery may be required if non-surgical treatments fails to relieve the symptoms. It may also be used if there is a risk of permanent nerve damage.

Surgery is usually recommended for cases of CTS, when other treatments have failed to relieve symptoms.

Surgery for CTS is known as carpal tunnel decompression or carpal tunnel release surgery and is performed on an outpatient basis. During surgery the roof of the carpal tunnel, known as the carpal ligament, is cut to reduce pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. A local anaesthetic is used to numb your hand and wrist, but you will remain awake throughout the operation. The surgery can be performed as open surgery, which involves making a single cut in the wrist, and is the traditional type of operation.

Your minor surgery procedure can be held at:

Thorpe Park Clinic

Fountain Medical Centre