Being told that you need surgery is enough to send chills down anyone’s spine. However, undergoing a round of medication may not always be sufficient in treating certain conditions. When topical ointments or oral medications are not an option, your doctor may recommend minor surgery. Luckily, urgent care doctors in South Anchorage are ready and able to perform a wide range of minor surgical procedures.
What is an internist, and how do I know if I need one?
A physician of internal medicine, or an “internist,” is a doctor who specializes in the medical care and treatment of adults. Internists focus on the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and disease in adult patients, in categories ranging from allergies, to cardiology, to geriatric medicine. Our internists are particularly beneficial to patients who have multiple or complex health concerns.
What is minor surgery?
Minor surgery is a term that includes many non-invasive surgical procedures that generally only require local anesthesia, which is applied at the site of the procedure. This category includes most skin-related procedures, such as the removal of bee stingers or small pieces of embedded glass. Treatment for minor burns and joint injections also qualify as minor surgeries. The most recognizable type of minor surgery is repairing a laceration of the skin or soft tissue with stitches, a procedure that many rambunctious children end up needing at one time or another for a particularly bad scrape.
How do I know if I need minor surgery?
In addition to urgent and acute care services, Primary Care Associates also performs minor surgical procedures for patients. When you visit one of our medical centers, our urgent care doctors will be able to determine whether you need minor surgery or another type treatment for your injury. From there, your doctor or another Primary Care Associates physician will be able to perform your minor surgery, or provide an excellent recommendation to another facility if needed.
Why should I choose an urgent care for minor surgery?
Hospitals can also perform minor surgeries, but most people want to avoid hospitals unless absolutely necessary due to higher costs and lengthy wait times. Choosing an urgent care center instead brings the added benefit of being seen and examined quickly without having to make an appointment. This is especially important with non-life-threatening burns and painful lacerations that do not require Emergency Room attention but do require immediate care, since patients typically seek relief as soon as possible.
When you’re looking for urgent care doctors, South Anchorage offers its best at Primary Care Associates. If you become ill or injured and minor surgery is required, our physicians will do everything in their power to help get you back on the road to better health quickly and safely.