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Skin and Soft Tissue


Below is a list of skin and soft tissue issues that can be treated by our experienced general surgery team.

Common issues we treat

Skin cancers: Many skin cancers can be removed by a dermatologist in an outpatient setting. However, some skin cancers may require a deeper or wider removal. St. Luke’s general surgeons often perform these removals. They do not remove skin cancers on the face or neck.

Cyst: A cyst is a closed sac in or under the skin that is lined with skin tissue and contains fluid or semi-solid material. A cyst may need to be drained or removed.

Abscess: An abscess is a collection of pus and infected fluid trapped in a closed space. This may require incision and drainage.

Skin lumps (lipomas): Fatty lumps under the skin are called lipomas. Most are non-cancerous.

Enlarged lymph nodes: The lymph nodes are small glands located in many parts of the body, including the neck, armpit, chest, abdomen and groin. If a lymph node becomes enlarged, a lymph node biopsy may be required to diagnose what is happening. A biopsy is the removal of a small amount of tissue for examination.

St. Luke’s expert team of general surgeons and physician assistants offer surgical consults at these locations.

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