Specialist Clinics: Minor Operations

In the first instance you will need to book a routine GP appointment for an initial assessment and then we will book you into Dr Cribbin’s Minor Op Clinic to remove your lumps and bumps.

Minor surgery appointments last 30 minutes with Dr. Cribbin and a practice nurse. You will probably require stitches which will need to be removed 7-10 days later. If you will be unable to return at this time to have the stitches removed please arrange an alternative appointment time. If you cannot keep the appointment please cancel it.

It is important to note the following:

If you are take Warfarin or Sinthrone please let the doctor know. You will need to stop this treatment three days before the surgery and have an INR done the day before the operation.

  • A local anaesthetic agent will be used – please let the doctor know if you have had any adverse reactions to local or dental anaesthetics in the past.
  • You will have a scar post – operatively which may look quite angry for a while afterwards – most scars fade away quite nicely after a few months but will always remain slightly visible.
  • If stitches are used they will need to be removed about a week later.
  • Wounds can get infected and can very occasionally break down. If you are concerned about the wound please contact the surgery and ask to see either the nurse or the doctor as soon as possible.
  • Our nurse at the time of surgery will instruct you how to look after the wound site post-surgery.
  • All lesions excised are sent off to Salford Royal Hospital for examination under the microscope. The results are usually available 10-14 days later. Please contact the surgery to obtain the result. If there is any cause for concern you will be given an appointment to see the doctor.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you agree to the operation being performed and that you understand the procedure.
  • After the procedure you will be given a drink and asked to remain in the treatment room for a few minutes to make sure you feel well enough to leave the premises.

Wound care instructions:

  • Your wound will have a dressing on which can remain in place until the stitches are removed.
  • If the dressing needs changing use a breathable plaster rather than a waterproof one.
  • The wound should be kept dry for 48 hours to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Scalp wounds should also be kept dry for 48 hours. Please avoid the use of any products except gentle shampoo until the stitches have been removed and the wound has healed.
  • New scar tissue can be sensitive to the sun – avoid exposing it to the sun for approximately 3 months.
  • If the wound starts to bleed please contact the surgery immediately or if we are closed attend the Accident and Emergency at Salford Royal Hospital.