Dr Jacobus Vlok removes skin lesions with state-of-the-art radio surgery technology. Warts (verrucae) can also be removed by cryotherapy. In most cases, the NHS doesn’t cover the cosmetic removal of aesthetically unacceptable benign skin lesions. This service fills the gap.
Advantages of Radio Surgery
Radio surgery was developed in Sweden for extremely intricate neurosurgery.
Before the use of radio surgery, scalpels were usually used to remove skin lesions. This was often painful, and it could also lead to significant bleeding and scarring. Radio surgery is a vast improvement, offering many advantages:
- It is minimally invasive.
- It is painless.
- It uses a low amount of heat, so the surrounding tissues are unaffected.
- The incisions are bloodless.
- There is very little scarring.
- The wound heals rapidly.
- There is little or no bruising or swelling.
- The electrode is self-sterilising, reducing the risk of bacterial infection.
How does it work?
A little anaesthetic is given to the patient to ensure that the procedure is pain-free and comfortable.
Dr Vlok’s team then apply a surgical electrode to the lesion. This emits low-frequency radio waves that split the lesion into layers until it is completely removed.
A plaster is then placed on the affected area. This can be taken off in two days.
How long does it take to recover after radio surgery?
The incision usually heals within one or two weeks, but the recovery process depends on its location.
For example, a wound on the scalp or the face usually gets better rapidly – within a few days. The rest of the body takes a bit longer.
Patients can usually return to work very soon after the radio surgery.
Warts (verrucae) can also be frozen with liquid nitrogen using a process known as cryotherapy. This is often applied to benign skin lesions, such as actinic lesions and seborrhoeic keratoses.
How long does it take to recover after cryotherapy?
There may be some swelling or redness afterwards, but the area usually heals in one to two days.
You can usually return to work the next day, or even immediately afterwards.
What happens during the initial consultation?
Dr Vlok and his team will discuss treatment options with you and decide on the best treatment for your skin condition.
You’ll be informed that lesions sometimes need to be excised for a complete histological assessment (involving the study of the cells and tissues) and diagnosis.
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