Sanctuary Health Practices

Minor Procedures

Biopsies, treatment for cysts, foreign body removal, hemorrhoids, lacerations and incision and drainage of abscesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices perform a variety of other minor surgeries in his office, including:

Cyst treatment

Cyst treatment usually includes creating a small incision, removing the cyst and the cyst sac, and then closing the incision with a stitch or two and a small bandage.

Depending on the kind of cyst, the providers at Sanctuary Health Practices may examine the cyst contents under magnification.

Foreign body removal

Foreign body removal involves numbing the area thoroughly and then removing a splinter, piece of metal, or other object lodged in your skin. You may need a few stitches.

Abscess treatment

An abscess is a collection of pus that pushes your skin out to form a bump or raised area. Usually, abscesses are caused by bacterial infections. The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices can drain the abscess and treats the infection to prevent regrowth.

Depending on the size of the abscess, you may need a few stitches to close the incision after drainage.

Laceration repair

Very small and thin lacerations may heal naturally, but larger lacerations may require minor surgery. The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices can reposition your skin and perform minor surgical repairs to help the skin knit back together effectively as you heal.

All in-office surgeries require only local anesthesia. This means that you’ll be numb in the treatment area and won’t feel any pain during your procedure.

Dr. Littlejohn gives you specific aftercare directions. Generally, this involves keeping the area clean and protected from the elements. You may need to apply topical ointments and change bandages at home before you come in for a follow up visit.

For minor surgery in an easily accessible office, call the office of Sanctuary Health Practices or book an appointment online.

If you have a minor injury and don’t recover within a short period of time, it’s best to book an appointment with Dr. Littlejohn.

If an injury is very mild, like a slight ankle sprain, it may resolve with just a period of rest at home, but any injury that persists or is intensely painful needs professional care right away.

The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices will treat all types of minor injuries, including common issues such as:

Minor eye injuries

If you have a problem like badly swollen eyelids, intensely red or bloodshot eyes, eye drainage after an accident, or a condition like pink eye, The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices can assess the damage and prescribe treatment to ease your symptoms.


When you have a burn, it can be quite painful. Even worse, it can cause lasting damage to your skin if you don’t get treatment. The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices can protect your burned skin as it heals while also relieving your symptoms.


If a laceration is big enough to cause any significant amount of bleeding or it’s deep enough to involve several layers of skin, you need professional care. The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices can clean the affected area, position your skin for optimal healing, and even perform minor surgery to reconnect the skin.


A sprain is an extremely common ligament injury. It can happen when you overstretch your ankle, knee, wrist, or other joints connected to ligaments. In many cases, sprains are sports injuries, but you can sprain your ankle when you lose your footing or in other ways just as easily.

You can also experience other minor injuries like muscle strains and animal bites. Dr. Littlejohn can treat virtually all types of minor injuries.

After your treatment, The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices will give you guidelines for a fast and safe recovery. This generally involves keeping wounds clean, not bearing weight on an injury for a specified period of time, and taking medication if needed.

The providers at Sanctuary Health Practices have your whole family covered for minor injury care. Same-day appointments are usually available, so call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

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