Minor Surgical Procedures Questions and Answers
Injuries are a normal part of life and knowing where to go for treatment is important. At Memorial Medical Center in Houston, TX, we are able to perform minor surgical procedures to patients through our urgent care to get them fixed up and back to their day, just give us a call from the parking lot. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online.
What are minor surgical procedures?
There are many different surgical procedures available and they have been classified into minor and major procedures. So, what is the difference between a minor or major surgical procedure? Minor surgical procedures are ones that are only minimally invasive and require only a mild anesthetic if any is needed at all. These procedures can be performed through a doctor’s or specialist’s office, meaning that patients can avoid an expensive trip to the hospital. The procedures are also quick, allowing patients to be in and out of the office in a short amount of time to be able to continue on with their day. Major surgical procedures, on the other hand, require an anesthetic, are performed in a hospital, and often require at least an overnight stay at the hospital, and in many cases may require being admitted for several days to ensure there are no complications and the patient is closely monitored. Memorial Medical Center provides minor surgical procedures on-site for puncture wounds, cuts, and the removal of foreign objects from the body. Our highly skilled team is able to treat these injuries quickly and efficiently.
What is the most common minor surgery?
There are many surgical procedures that fall under the umbrella of a minor surgical procedure, typically used to treat minor wounds that require little to no anesthetic. These surgical procedures can be performed through a doctor’s office, walk-in clinic, or urgent care, as opposed to having to make a trip to the hospital. Common minor surgical procedures include incision and drainage of a sore, removal of a mole, wart, or other imperfection, removal of a foreign object that has become lodged in the skin, circumcisions, and other procedures that are only minimally invasive to the patient as they are performed on the surface of the skin. These procedures often require a few stitches or sutures following the surgery to close up the wound and ensure it doesn’t become infected. Different clinics may focus on different types of minor surgeries, your doctor may direct you to a particular clinic for a specific treatment such as circumcision. Urgent cares like the one at Memorial Medical Center are able to perform minor surgical procedures to clean and promote the healing of cuts, puncture wounds, and removing foreign objects.
What is the difference between a surgical operation and a surgical procedure?
Surgical operation and surgical procedure are terms that are often used interchangeably as the difference between them can be blurry. In some parts of the world, they basically mean the same thing and refer to any surgery that is performed. In other cases, they can mean the difference in the extent of the surgery being performed and what the surgery actually entails. The term surgical operation typically refers to a surgery that requires an incision to be made to the body in order to perform the surgery, in most cases referring to major surgery. A surgical procedure is then used to refer to a surgery that doesn’t require an incision to be made on the skin, such as many types of minor surgery. At Memorial Medical Center, we provide minor surgical procedures to patients through our urgent care or patients can book an appointment for a procedure that doesn’t require immediate medical attention.
Do you offer minor surgical procedures?
Minor surgical procedures can be performed through many doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, and urgent care centers. Memorial Medical Center provides minor surgical procedures on a walk-in basis through our urgent care or by booking an appointment with an expert member of our team in the case of procedures that are urgent in nature. We provide minor surgical treatment of cuts and puncture wounds, as well as the removal of foreign objects that have become lodged in the skin.