Minor Procedures

Selected minor procedures are available at some of our polyclinics: 

1. Steroid and Lignocaine injections for: 

  • Trigger finger 
  • Trigger thumb 
  • Tennis elbow 
  • Dequervain's Tenosynovitis

2. Evacuation of subungal hematoma

3. Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) removal and insertion

4. Wedge resection of ingrown toenail

5. Nail avulsion

6. Ear syringing

7. Toilet and suture of laceration

8. Incision and drainage of abscess

9. Excision biopsy (removal) of skin tag

10. Excision biopsy (removal) of superficial lumps

11. Removal of foreign bodies

IMPORTANT NOTES for Minor Procedures  
  1.  We regret that certain procedures may not be available at some of our polyclinics. 
    Depending on the clinical condition, some patients will need to be referred to the A&E or to the specialist department for further management even if the service is available.
    The doctor will advise you during the consultation in the general clinic, during which s/he will review your condition and advise you on the most appropriate treatment. 
  2. For patients advised to have the procedure done electively, the doctor will schedule the minor procedure at the next available appointment.  
  3. If the patient’s condition warrants an urgent procedure, the attending doctor will refer the patient to the A&E department or arrange for the procedure to be done on the same day at the procedure room  

On the day of the procedure:

  1. You are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time, and bring along your appointment card/slip.
  2.  If you are below age 21, your guardian (preferably a parent) will need to be present to give consent. (Exception: National Servicemen do not require a parent or guardian's consent).
  3. Upon receipt of your guardian's consent, our doctor will assess your condition before performing the surgical procedure. We may refer you to a specialist or the hospital's A&E department if you show symptoms of the following: 
    • Recurrent problems after surgical procedures have been performed
    • Large or deep lumps where bleeding risk may be high
    • Lumps near important structures such as nerves and blood vessels
    • Growths at cosmetically sensitive areas, for example, the face
    • Foreign bodies embedded in the cornea or too far down the throat

  4.  For your safety, it is advisable not to drive after minor procedure is carried out. 


Polyclinics with this service:

Ang Mo Kio 
Choa Chu Kang 
Toa Payoh