Practical procedures

Skin surgery in general practice: delivering the optimal outcome

Practical procedures

Skin surgery in general practice: delivering the optimal outcome

JENNIFER NGUYEN, PHILLIP ARTEMI

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Abstract

Delivering the optimal surgical outcome requires the GP to provide near painless local anaesthesia, to remain sensitive and empathetic to the patient throughout the procedure and immediate postoperative period and to ensure a long-lasting imperceptible scar.

Article Extract

Excisional skin surgery is performed for many benign and malignant cutaneous lesions. Such surgery can be a source of significant anxiety in patients for reasons such as pre-existing needle phobia, algophobia and concern about the cosmetic outcome (resultant scar).