Minor Procedures

Without the need for general anesthetic and mechanical ventilation, surgical procedures are considered minor. Most procedures will need the use of local anesthetics, either injected into a vein or administered topically in the form of a cream.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are little flaps of tissue that adhere to your neck, underarms, eyelids, groin folds, or under breasts. Although they may look a little strange, they often do not hurt and pose no known medical issues. Many people choose to have skin tags removed solely because they feel they are unsightly. If you’re curious about skin tag removal, Dr. Brashear and his friendly medical staff are happy to answer all of your questions.

Removal of Lipoma

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. Often a lipoma is easy to identify because it moves readily with slight finger pressure. It’s doughy to touch and usually not tender. You may have more than one lipoma. Lipomas can occur at any age, but they’re most often detected during middle age.A lipoma isn’t cancer and is usually harmless. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, you may want to have it removed.

Removal of Cysts

A cyst is a closed capsule or sac-like structure, typically filled with liquid, semisolid or gaseous material – very much like a blister. Cysts occur within tissue, and can affect any part of the body. Most cysts are benign and are caused by plugged ducts or other natural body outlets for secretions. However, some cysts may be tumors and are formed inside tumors – these can be potentially malignant. If you are concerned about a cyst, speak with your doctor about removal options.

Skin Biopsies

A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is removed, processed, and examined under a microscope. Skin biopsies most often are done to diagnose skin cancer, which may be suspected when an abnormal area of skin has changed color, shape  size, or appearance or has not healed after an injury.

Epilepsy is a common condition that causes repeated seizures. The seizures are caused by bursts of electrical activity in the brain that are not normal. Seizures may cause problems with muscle control, movement, speech, vision, or awareness. They usually don’t last very long, but they can be scary. The good news is that treatment usually works to control and reduce seizures.

Steroid Joint Injections

A joint injection is an injection of a steroid or other medication into a joint; any place two bones move against each other and are surrounded by a joint capsule. The medication injected, usually a steroid, is meant to reduce the inflammation and/or swelling of tissue in the joint space. This may in turn reduce pain, and other symptoms caused by inflammation or irritation of the joint and surrounding structures.

Cryotherapy for Warts

Cryotherapy involves freezing a wart using a very cold substance (usually liquid nitrogen). Cryotherapy is a standard treatment for warts and can be done in your doctor’s office. The liquid nitrogen application usually takes less than a minute.

Cryotherapy for Skin Lesions

Cryotherapy for skin lesions is same procedure as wart removal using liquid nitrogen to remove unwanted skin lesions. This may also be done in your doctor’s office and is a very short procedure.