Please note as Dr Steve is a non-participating member of VHI, Irish Life and Laya, this simply means that you pay for the procedure up front and you claim some of the money back from your insurer
Complete excision (removal) of skin lesion:
This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and under sterile conditions. It involves numbing the area with lignocaine and excising the mole/skin lesion with a scalpel and closing the wound with stitches. The procedure takes approximately 30 mins and the patient is asked to return in 1 to 2 weeks to have the stitches removed. All lesions are sent to the Mater Hospital for histological examination and diagnosis.
Punch biopsy or partial biopsy of any suspicious skin in order to obtain diagnosis:
This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and under sterile conditions. It involves numbing the area with lignocaine and using a 3 or 4mm punch biopsy instrument to take a sample of the lesion which is then sent to the Mater Hospital for histological examination and diagnosis. This is usually performed for pink flat lesions where the differential diagnosis can be quite broad. After the sample is taken paper stitches are usually sufficient to close the small wound. Procedure time is usually 15 mins.
For more complicated procedures
Suspicious lesions on areas such as the nose, ears and larger lesions are generally excised by the very experienced Plastic Surgeon Mr Fuan Chan. We have a close working relationship and generally tends to see referrals from SkinCheck quite quickly. He works out of the Blackrock Clinic and has a special interest in skin cancer surgery. I have received excellent positive feedback from recent referrals regarding the quality and personalized care he has shown to his patients. Further information can be found at www.fchan.ie.