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 to SkinCheck , we issue you with a receipt and you claim some of the money back from your insurer.
Biopsy or 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 either doing a partial biopsy of the lesion (for example – if it is a large pink flat lesion) using a 3mm/4mm punch biopsy instrument or completely excising the lesion (for example – if it is a suspicious mole) using a scalpel. The procedure takes approximately 30 mins and the patient is asked to return in 1 to 2 weeks to have the stitches removed. All specimens excised are sent to the Mater Hospital for histological examination and the report is sent back to SkinCheck in about two weeks.
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 Beacon 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.