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Diathermy, also known as electrocautery, is a common medical skin procedure used to remove benign skin lesions such as skin tags, cheery naevi, seborrheic keratosis, and superficial vessels. 


Many benign growths, such as dermatofibromas, pyogenic granuloma, benign papillomas, and sebaceous hyperplasia, medically indicated superficial skin cancer such as Bowen's disease and superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma.


Dr Rohde uses a special system of electrocautery surgical unit called Hyfrecator 2000 by ConMed. The benefit of the electrocautery procedure and Hyfrecator surgical system is that many benign skin lesions can be treated painlessly with excellent results without using a local anaesthetic.


Dr Rohde is commonly consulted during a skin check appointment regarding removal of skin tags, benign seborrheic keratosis and other growths, and provides this service after a careful check of each lesion by dermatoscope to rule out skin cancer first.


This means the Hyfrecator procedure for benign growths usually requires extra time and a separate booking. The Hyfrecator treatment of superficial skin cancer, i.e. superficial SCC and BCC (never a Melanoma), always requires a local anaesthetic and a separate surgical appointment.


The fee for procedures is discussed with Dr Rohde during the pre-procedure consent process. If you are interested in learning more about electrocautery, please see the link below.

Diathermy video:

(Warning - the video shows some explicit medical procedural content)

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