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Skin cysts are common and usually harmless but can cause undue distress, especially if they are in a visible position. Cysts are a fluid-filled bump lying just underneath the skin. Cysts can be unsightly, affect your confidence, and they can be a nuisance, especially if they regularly catch on your clothing or you cut them while shaving.
Cysts can range in size and grow slowly, and although they don’t generally hurt, they can get in the way or become tender and sore if they get infected. Cysts are benign, meaning they are not cancerous and they shouldn’t be harmful to your health in any way.
Although cysts can be surgically removed, cyst removal isn’t generally available on the NHS as cyst removal is usually seen as a “procedure of limited clinical value”. However, if you choose to get a cyst removed, the process is relatively simple and you can get private cyst removal service at a private healthcare provider like Summerfield Healthcare where we can help you arrange the surgery quickly and efficiently.
Epidermoid cysts are commonly found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, or on the skin around the genitals. They can affect young and middle-aged adults and are particularly common in people with acne.
Pilar Cysts form around hair follicles and are often found on the scalp. They are more commonly found in women, but usually affect middle-aged adults. Unlike Epidermoid cysts, pilar cysts tend to run in families.
Regardless of the type of cyst, you can book an appointment with one of our GPs to help you decide if surgery is right for you. They will be able to advise you one what type of cyst you have, how it can be removed, and any other information you might want before proceeding.
Procedures used to remove the cysts will depend on the nature of the cyst and its location on your body.
Most cysts are easily removed with a small operation done under local anaesthetic.
During your procedure, a local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area where the cyst is located. Once the area is numb, a small cut is made in the skin. The cyst can then be removed safely without disrupting the skin around it by detaching it from the joining tissues and therefore decreasing the chances of it returning. Depending on the size of the cut, it may need to be closed with stitches, the wound will be cleaned and dressed, and it will heal on its own.
You may have a small scar after the procedure and there is a small chance of the cyst growing back. Cysts on the scalp and around the genitals are particularly susceptible to regrowth.
Cyst removals are an outpatient procedure, you will be free to go immediately after the removal and, depending on the location of the cyst, you can probably return to normal activity immediately.
No, you do not need a referral to book a cyst removal consultation or operation.
Procedures such as cyst removals are usually considered to be cosmetic and are therefore not available from your NHS GP. We take self-referrals so that you don’t need to worry about not being able to get the treatment you want.
Our service allows you to arrange your appointment at a time to suit you and you have the option of whether you want us to inform your NHS GP of your procedure.
All of our services are private and confidential and our healthcare professionals are discreet. It is entirely up to you who knows about any treatment you receive from us.
As a private healthcare provider, there is a consultancy and surgery fee, however, our prices are structured with your care in mind and our booking team and clinicians are dedicated to ensuring you don’t incur any unnecessary cost when arranging your procedure.
We offer a free enquiry triage process allowing you to use the contact form to upload a photograph of your cyst(s). We will then advise you whether we can remove your cyst(s) and which clinician you will see, based on the complexity of your case.
We can also offer a free 5 minute appointment in person to give you a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ of whether we can assist you, for those who are not able to upload a photograph of their cyst(s).
Please note, if we confirm we can assist you with removal of your cyst(s) we are not always able to guarantee a subsequent consultation and removal on the same day.
Once we have confirmed we can assist you with your cyst(s) removal, our consultation fee starts from £89.00 depending on the consultant who is most suitable for your case, this is based on factors including the area of the body your cyst(s) is located.
The consultation is mandatory to ensure the consultant can conduct a thorough physical examination of the cyst(s), discuss the appropriate removal methods and obtain the relevant paperwork from yourself.
We will also advise you of the cost of removal during your appointment. There are no hidden costs and you are not obliged to proceed with the surgery after the consultation. You can discuss all your options with the clinician and take your time in making a decision. Cyst removal procedures start from £320.00 depending on the size and location.
Any histology* options and charges will be discussed with you at your consultation.
*Histology involves sending the cyst to the laboratory for further investigation.
It’s easy to book your cyst removal with our GP. We offer cyst removal in Wolverhampton and Cyst removal in Shrewsbury, with both sites offering state of the art facilities and excellent levels of care.
Haydn Glass, 44, from Rugeley, had been on an NHS waiting list for a year for the removal of two cysts growing on his head before he sent an email to the team here at Summerfield – within eight days the cysts had been removed.
We had a chat to him about his treatment and experience at Summerfield Healthcare.
Why did you decide to undergo the operation?
“I had been on the NHS waiting list for about a year. The cysts were both growing – the one on top of my head was about the size of a 20p piece which wasn’t the end of the world but the one on the right side of my head was starting to come through my hairline.
“When it was covered and I couldn’t see it I didn’t particularly care but it got to the point where a big bump was becoming clearly visible on the side of my head. It was getting bigger and bigger so I needed to do something about it and had been waiting a long time on the NHS which is why I decided to go private.”
Why did you choose Summerfield Healthcare?
“I Googled private healthcare sites close to me and came across two or three websites – one looked particularly complicated and another just didn’t seem to appeal to me then I came across Summerfield Healthcare in Wolverhampton and I found it very user-friendly.
“I uploaded the pictures, sent off the email and they came back pretty much straight away, went through everything and booked me in for the following Friday.”
How was your overall experience with the team?
“It was absolutely brilliant from start to finish, the doctor and nurse looking after us, everything, really. I couldn’t fault any of it. It was a really good service, prompt and just what I wanted.”
Was there anything specific you feel pleased about throughout the planning and procedure?
“I was kept informed throughout. We talked at the beginning and I was told they would get me in quickly and have the cysts removed within the hour. The doctor had the first one done within about 15 minutes, the second was a bit more of a challenge and went over the time they had allocated but they still stuck to the price quoted and didn’t charge any extra because of that.”
Would you recommend Summerfield Healthcare?
“Yes, without hesitation. I was in for an hour-and-a-half on the day and then went back to have my stitches out and, again, it was brilliant service. Professional and swift – just what I was after. I found it all a pleasurable experience.”
What did it mean to you to have the cysts removed?
“It wasn’t as bad for me as for people who have cysts on their face, but they were there, I knew they were there and am a lot happier now they have gone. The cysts were something I didn’t want anymore and didn’t want to wait for any length of time to have them removed. I’m glad they are gone.”
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
General Practitioner / Medical Director
Dr Vivake Roddah is a GP with professional interests in Dermatology, Minor surgery and Occupational Medicine. He completed his GP training in the Oxford Deanery and has had the opportunity of working with patients from many different backgrounds.
All services are available at Summerfield Healthcare with appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place during the current restrictions. Our call centre is open at our usual times of 8am-6pm Monday-Friday, and 11am-2pm Saturday.
For GP and consultant services we are now providing COVID-19 testing for all patients and Doctors. This is mandatory due to the proximity of the practitioner, the duration of the appointment and multiple clinicians often being involved in your treatment. An additional £10 will be included in the appointment fee at the point of payment to cover the cost of COVID testing, and your booking confirmation will reflect this requirement. This is not required for blood testing due to the short duration of appointments and reduced risk of exposure.