Your Skin Lesion – What If It Reduces In Size Or Disappears?

  • Reference Number: HEY-804/2016
  • Departments: Plastic Surgery

Introduction

This leaflet has been produced to give you information about the lesion that you are waiting to have removed.  It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion.   If after reading it you have any concerns or require further information, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team caring for you.

What if my lesion starts to reduce in size?

If your lesion starts to reduce in size and you are unsure whether you need to have the surgery that has been planned for you please telephone the Plastic Surgery team on (01482) 623085. They may be able to arrange to see you in clinic to reassess the area and advise you regarding treatment options.

What if my lesion has disappeared?

As soon as you notice that your lesion has disappeared it is important that you telephone the department on (01482) 623085 so that an appointment can be arranged for you as soon as possible. At this appointment you will be seen by one of the Plastic Surgery team who will be able to assess whether you still require the surgery.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Plastic Surgery Department Outpatient clinic on telephone number (01482) 623085.

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about you

We collect and use your information to provide you with care and treatment. As part of your care, information about you will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.

We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.