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Other General Surgery Procedures in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Sutker provides patients throughout Dallas-Fort Worth, TX a wide variety of general surgery procedures they need for optimum health and wellness.

These procedures include Mediport placement, abscess drainage, skin lesion removal, soft tissue mass and lipoma removal, pilonidal cyst excision, and wound care.

Part of his commitment to outstanding care is the transparency with every procedure. He will keep you informed of a recommended course of action and why he advises you to get it. This freedom of information helps to calm your fears about your prognosis and the surgery he performs. Armed with a full understanding of a procedure and what to expect as a result, you can accept our prognosis is for your well-being. For questions or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

Mediport Placement

Mediport placement is a minimally invasive, minor surgical procedure that connects a mediport to a vein using a catheter (or tube). It is usually performed using local anesthesia or conscious sedation, as well as pain control medication. The doctor surgically implants the mediport in the upper chest under the skin, requiring only two incisions. Mediports are typically placed for patients who need long-term IV access for chemotherapy or other medications.

Abscess Draining

An abscess is an infected fluid collection, most commonly located in the skin. Treatment of an abscess typically involves surgical drainage and antibiotics. For the procedure, the area is cleaned and sterilized. Local anesthetic is injected. The doctor makes an incision over the abscess, drains out the pus, and cleans out the space using a sterile saline solution. We leave the incision open and cover it to absorb any additional pus that the wound might produce. If your abscess is especially deep or large, the doctor might place a gauze “wick” inside to keep the abscess open. This helps the tissue heal correctly and absorbs any pus or blood while it heals. Large abscesses may require drainage in the operating room under general anesthesia.

Skin Lesion & Mass Removal

Removing a skin lesion or mass can be performed using multiple methods, depending on its depth or expansion. Shave excision removes lesions that rise over the skin or only occupy the upper layer of skin, using a small blade after we numb the area. For simple scissor excision, the doctor uses forceps to lightly pull up the mass or lesion and cut around it, using small, curved scissors. This is also suitable for lesions or masses on the upper layer of skin or rising above the skin. A skin excision removes a mass or lesions in deeper skin layers and down into the fatty layer, if necessary. The doctor also removes a minor amount of healthy surrounding skin to make sure there aren’t any possible cancer cells. In any of these cases, especially if cancerous growth is suspected, we may run a biopsy on the lesion or growth. Small lesions may be amenable to excision in the clinic, but larger lesions will require excision in an operating room.

Lipoma Removal

Lipoma happens when a lump of fat grows in your body’s soft tissue. While the medical community classifies them as tumors, they’re ordinarily harmless. The doctor will thoroughly check it to determine if it’s just a lipoma or something serious. It isn’t always necessary to remove a lipoma, but the procedure is a simple incision and extraction. It’s uncommon for a lipoma to recur after we remove it.

Pilonidal Cyst Removal

Pilonidal cysts are just a swelling on the sacrum close to the tail bone that starts under the skin. It looks like a dimple, and your skin oils, hair, and dead skin can fill it. The inflammation around the cyst will be excised in the operating room. If the cyst is infected, the surgeon makes an incision to open the abscess cavity and drain out the pus, along with any hair or debris that might’ve accumulated. Wound care is generally required for 2-6 weeks after excision of a pilonidal cyst.

Wound Care

There are two types of wounds to address: acute wounds and chronic wounds. Acute wounds include surgical incisions, burns, abrasions, and lacerations with the risk of infection. These typically heal within three weeks. Chronic wounds tend to take a minimum of three months. They typically occur as a complication from other diseases like pressure ulcers, foot ulcers, and neurodegenerative processes. Treatment includes swabbing for infection, cleaning the wound, dressing it, and possible debridement of the wound. Dr. Sutker may refer you to a wound care center for chronic wound management.

To learn more about our other general surgery procedures in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area, please reach out to our office to schedule a consultation.

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