Our offices, adjacent to Inova Loudoun and StoneSprings Hospitals, are equipped for minor procedures and excisions in the office. These procedures include:
- Excision skin lesions, suspicious moles, skin cancers
- Excision cysts, skin masses, lipomas
- Drainage of skin abscess, cyst infections and direction of follow up wound care
- Ultrasound Guided Needle Biopsies on breast lumps, thyroid nodules, lymph nodes and soft tissue masses
Local anesthesia works very well for in-office procedures such as small skin lesions, superficial masses and deeper needle biopsy techniques. Many patients worry about pain and are surprised to find it was not as uncomfortable as they were anticipating.
How does it work?
We use a very tiny needle to inject the area and a buffered solution of local anesthesia known as “Sting Free.” Injecting Sting Free creates a slight warming or burning feeling. Patients with active infection or inflammation may experience more pressure or discomfort. Anesthesia at the hospital or surgery center is recommended for large skin lesions, melanoma, masses that are large or deep or near vital structures. Anxious patients and children are often scheduled in an operating room.