In addition to the primary surgical services we offer, there are a number of additional conditions we treat and procedures we perform for our patients at Missoula Surgical Associates.
An anal fissure is a small tear or split in the tissue lining around the anus that may occur after passing large or hard stools. The tear can be detected by bright red blood in the toilet tissue after a bowel movement. Symptoms can also include pain, itching and irritation around the anus. If these fissures do not heal on their own, surgery may be needed to reduce spasm and pain.
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and fortunately, one of the less common. The cancer typically presents as a black or brown mark on the skin, but melanomas can also be tan, white or pink in color. Melanomas usually appear on areas of the skin that are subject to frequent sun exposure, such as the neck, face and legs. When melanomas are detected and treated early using surgical techniques, they usually have a good prognosis. However, this cancer can spread to other parts of the body if left unchecked, making it much more difficult to treat completely.
A lipoma is a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue. They are usually soft to the touch and painless. Most lipomas are small and harmless, but if they grow or become painful, your doctor might recommend surgical removal. Once the tumor is excised, it rarely returns.
A perirectal abscess is an accumulation of pus that develops around the anus. These abscesses might become painful and interfere with normal bowel movements. Surgery may be performed to remove the abscess. The extent of the surgical procedure will depend on the size of the abscess and may or may not involve an overnight stay in a hospital.
These types of cysts typically develop at the base of the tailbone and are usually made up of hair and skin debris. The cyst may become very painful and foul-smelling, prompting patients to seek treatment. Some pilonidal cysts may be drained through a small incision, but a recurring cyst will likely need to be surgically removed.
Sebaceous cysts form from the sebaceous glands, which are glands that secrete oil to keep hair and skin lubricated. If these cysts become large or bothersome, they may be drained. However, a high recurrence rate after this treatment leads some patients to seek surgical removal of the cysts.
Missoula Surgical Associates offers treatments and services at the Wound Care Clinic at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.