Dr Shakarchi performs minor surgical procedures with Nurse Elle Emmott every Wednesday between 2 and 3 PM. We remove moles, skin papillomas and small lumps. These frequently require surgical excision with suturing followed by suture removal one week later. You should make an appointment with the doctor or nurse for them to assess the need for a minor surgical procedure following which you can make an appointment for this procedure with reception. You will need to sign a consent form and we will perform the procedure in our minor surgery room under aseptic conditions using disposable instruments and electrocautery. The procedure itself is performed using a local anaesthetic and usually takes no longer than 15 minutes. We will give you instructions about the care of your wound , its follow up and the need for any painkillers for a few hours afterwards. All biopsies are sent to histology in order to exclude any sinister changes. Please phone us 4 weeks after your procedure for the result of your biopsy. If you have more significant and bigger lumps, we will advise you about a referral to a local surgical unit in Victoria or one of the local hospitals.