Surgical Care for Diseases of the Skin and Nails
Surgical procedures without going to hospital.
Community surgery means having common skin, joint and nail diseases treated by GPs under local anaesthetic without having to go to hospital.
GPs have traditionally undertaken common procedures such as removal of lumps and bumps, cysts, tags, moles as well as surgery to ingrown toenails, and the diagnosis and removal of many skin cancers. We also often provide joint injections.
Please discuss your concern with your GP who can refer you, or enquire directly about your condition through our booking page.
Community Surgery Ireland is made up of a group of experienced GPs, all of whom, besides providing routine GP services in our clinics, have developed an expertise in providing surgical operations for skin and related conditions under local anaesthetic.
We operate a nationwide network of clinics where you will meet the highest standards of community surgical care close to where you live, and without having to attend hospital or join a long waiting list.
We are all members of the Primary Care Surgical Association and have years of experience in diagnosing and treating all the common surface conditions that can affect people.
We are happy to see you by referral from your own GP, or to advise you directly if you need our opinion.
Skin tags are small outgrowths of skin, usually dangling from a stalk, commonly in the groin or armpits.
Under local anaesthetic, these can be removed surgically or using liquid nitrogen (freeze) therapy.
Small or large, tan coloured or very dark, these stuck-on skin lesions are a cosmetic nuisance and often alarming for the patient.
If they are a cosmetic bother, they can be removed using a variety of techniques, usually without sutures, by the CSI GP.
Often mistaken for a cyst, this fatty lump usually occurs just underneath the skin and can be removed surgically if it is uncomfortable or unsightly.
This will require use of anaesthetic and sutures.
Ingrown nails, usually of the big toe, but sometimes affecting other toes, or even fingernails, are a painful affliction.
In young people, ingrown nails can result from trauma, whereas in older people, a degeneration of the nail plate or fungal infection is more often the cause.
These nails are treated by careful removal under anaesthetic, sometimes also with removal of the matrix to prevent nail regrowth.
Your CSI GP can diagnose and treat common skin diseases caused by UV light.
These include scaly and flatter skin blemishes in order to relieve discomfort or cosmetic concern.
At times, to aid diagnosis, a small biopsy may be required and your CSI GP would discuss this with you.
Many parts of the skin are prone to developing an abscess, an infection caused by a collection of matter, leading to increasing heat, pain and swelling.
Often, in addition to antibiotic treatment, a lancing of the abscess with specialised dressings will accelerate healing and prevent recurrence.
The CSI GP will be able to diagnose your infection and treat accordingly, depending on the type and severity.
Cysts usually arise in the surface layer of the skin and scalp and may become infected.
Surgical removal requires administration of a local anaesthetic to the skin around the cyst.
This is followed by careful dissection of the cyst from the healthy tissue and sutures are usually required to close the wound.
Moles are the common name given to brown markings on the skin. They can be raised or flat. Changes in colour, size or surface feel can make people worried about them as there are rare cancers related to moles (melanoma).
Often the CSI GP will be able to confirm that your mole is innocent using dermoscopy, a specialised skin examination. Innocent moles can be left alone or removed if they are a cosmetic nuisance.
CSI doctors have a special expertise is diagnosing or ruling out skin cancer.
Many skin cancers have a pre-cancerous phase and, if necessary, the CSI GP can treat pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lumps to cure them thoroughly.
If there is suspicion of a melanoma, a referral to a special skin cancer clinic, with whom the CSI GP collaborates with, can be arranged.