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Minor Surgery

Creekside Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Huntsville, AL

The thought of surgery can daunting and scary. At Creekside Family Practice in Huntsville, Alabama, the team of expert medical professionals is committed to finding the most minimally invasive surgical solutions for your health needs. If you need a minor surgery, please discuss this option with your physician.

Minor Surgery Q & A

What is minor surgery?

Minor surgery refers to any procedure that deals with the superficial structures of your body, such as the skin. In most cases, minor surgeries can be performed at Creekside Family Practice.

What are some common minor surgical procedures?

Since minor surgeries don’t require an involved process or extensive preparation, many can be performed in an outpatient setting at the practice. Some of the most common types of minor surgeries include:

  • Nail debridement
  • Stitching or removing stitches
  • Removal of skin abnormalities, such as warts, moles, skin tags, cysts, and small skin cancers

Your doctor will discuss your symptoms with you and determine whether minor surgery will solve your problem. In most cases, minor surgical procedures are quick and easy. Depending on your symptoms, though, your doctor might conclude that a more significant surgical intervention is necessary.

Do minor surgeries require anesthesia?

Compared to major surgery, which can be very painful and require general anesthesia minor surgeries normally only need a local anesthetic. Your doctor may apply a topical cream or inject the area with a numbing agent.

How long does minor surgery take?

Due to their simple and straightforward nature, minor surgeries shouldn’t last more than an hour or so. In some cases, a minor surgery can take only a few minutes. Naturally, the length of the procedure will vary according to what your doctor is treating.

Regardless of how long it takes, the team at Creekside Family Practice is committed to ensuring your complete comfort and safety. Because minor surgery doesn’t involve general anesthesia or a large-scale incision, you should be able to resume your daily activities after the procedure. If you need to take some rest after your procedure, your doctor will let you know.

Your doctor can recommend any minor surgeries that may be needed based on his diagnosis at your time of visit.