Cryotherapy uses extreme cold to destroy precancerous and some cancerous cells of the skin. It uses liquid nitrogen sprayed onto the skin to remove the abnormal cells.
A punch biopsy uses a specialised tool to remove a small disc of skin that can be sent to the laboratory to aid in diagnosis and management of suspicious skin lesions. A punch biopsy can be used to remove an entire lesion or small parts of a larger lesion to best determine treatment.
A shave biopsy is similar to a punch biopsy where a specialised tool is used to remove a shave/flap of skin that can be sent to the laboratory to aid in diagnosis and management of suspicious skin lesions. This type of biopsy would be more suitable for flat or superficial skin lesions.
An excision biopsy involves removing the entire area of interest plus a small amount of normal skin surrounding it. The tissue that is removed can be sent to the laboratory to aid in diagnosis and management. This type of biopsy is used for complex or suspicious lesions to best determine further management.
Wound review/Removal of Sutures
During this follow-up appointment we will manage your post-procedure wound, remove any sutures and discuss the results of any pathology with you. During this appointment we will also discuss if any further action is required for the management of your skin lesion.
You doctor may also want to refer you to other specialised doctors including dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, depending on the outcome of your skin check and/or procedures. If referrals are required we will also include letters to your regular general practitioner.