A Quick Guide to Local Anaesthetics for Skin Cancer Procedures

Experienced skin cancer doctor Hamilton Ayres gives a quick overview of all you need to know about local anaesthetics, possible side effects and considerations to take into account before you perform a surgical procedure.

The certificate course includes theory and surgical practical sessions on:

  • Curette and Cautery
  • Diathermy
  • Incisions and Haemostasis
  • Halo grafting
  • Perfecting the ellipse
  • Chaos and Clues Dermatoscopy

Our team of industry leaders and experienced skin cancer doctors will guide you in your learning and skills practice throughout the weekend and beyond. Upon completion of the course, you will receive unlimited access to additional online learning resources and alumni webinars with course revisions, case discussions and Q&A with the instructors. The course qualifies for 40 RACGP Cat. 1 CPD points.


Upcoming Course:

Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine | Click here to enrol

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course will solidify and advance your competency in dermoscopy, surgical and non-surgical treatments.  You will gain hands-on experience in rarely covered areas of skin cancer medicine, including diathermy, curettage and cautery or suturing ‘paper-thin’ elderly skin. You will also receive an excellent introduction to advanced dermoscopy and acquire the essential knowledge to diagnose and manage most skin cancers in your practice. This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

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3 comments on “A Quick Guide to Local Anaesthetics for Skin Cancer Procedures

  1. Can I apply local anesthetics to relieve pain caused by sunburn or other minor burns, insect bites, minor cuts, or before dressing changes? Waiting for your advice. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Tracy,

      Dr Colin Armstrong advises: “Of course it comes down to clinical judgement as to whether local anaesthetic is required but as to how it is applied, injection is the most effective. Topicals like EMLA are quite cumbersome for things like dressing changes. Painful dressing could even be done with a Penthrox inhaler from the doctors bag though not in my clinical work.”

      – HealthCert

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