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Skin lesion removal fact sheet

Skin lesion removal

Skin lesions include pyogenic granulomas, dermoid and epidermoid cysts, naevi (moles) and pilomatrixomas.

Some skin lesions need to be surgically removed. This is a common day procedure that involves a small incision to remove the lesion followed by several dissolvable stitches which are usually hidden beneath the skin.

How long will it take?

Your child will be admitted to hospital for one day. The procedure takes about one hour and this includes the anaesthetic, operation and time spent in the recovery room.

What happens after the operation?

The procedure requires a short anaesthetic and your child will be allowed to go home one to two hours after surgery.

Your child will be able to shower or have a shallow bath if the wound has a plastic-covered dressing. However, do not immerse the dressing in the bath and leave it on until it begins to fall off.

The stitches will dissolve by themselves and usually won’t need to be removed.

Will there be a scar?

Yes, lesion removal always leaves a scar, but this will fade over time.

Pain relief

After surgery it is important to provide regular pain relief to your child at home to ensure they are comfortable during their recovery. Medications such as paracetamol or an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen (Nurofen®) should be sufficient to relieve your child’s discomfort. These medications are available over the counter at pharmacies.

Your anaesthesist, surgeon, pharmacist and/or nursing staff will discuss the suitability of these medications for your child before you go home.

If your child has bleeding problems or asthma, it is recommended that you consult a doctor before you give them ibuprofen (Nurofen®). Do NOT give aspirin to your child.

When can my child eat and drink again?

When your child wakes up after the procedure, they may have clear fluids (water, cordial etc.) and introduce food slowly.

Most children continue with their normal diet the next day. Babies may have clear fluids to start with, then breast milk or formula as usual.

If your child experiences nausea or vomiting when home — stop food and fluids for one hour then give sips of clear fluid, dry toast or a biscuit.

Follow-up visits

Public patients

You will receive an appointment for an Outpatient’s Clinic before you go home.

Usually this appointment will be scheduled for 10 days to two weeks after the operation. Please contact us if you have concerns before your appointment.

Private patients

You will receive follow-up details from your doctor.

Contact us

Surgical Day Unit
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 4C, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource No: FS223. Developed by Surgical Day Unit. Updated: February 2017. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.