Assorted Skin Procedures: Foreign Body Removal, Cryotherapy, Electrosurgery, and Treatment of Keloids

Prim Care. 2022 Mar;49(1):47-62. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2021.10.003. Epub 2022 Jan 5.


Clinicians in the primary care setting will encounter various different skin conditions requiring procedural intervention. There are many different procedural approaches to treatment. Knowing which modalities are available and best suited to handle a particular skin lesion allows for flexibility for patient and clinician. Although some treatment modalities may be used more than others, it is helpful to be at least familiar with basic in office skin procedures such as removal of foreign bodies, cryotherapy, electrosurgery, and treatment of keloids, as these procedures are helpful in addressing the wide variety of the most commonly encountered skin issues in primary care.

Keywords: Cryosurgery; Electrosurgery; Foreign body removal; Keloid treatment; Skin procedures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cryosurgery*
  • Cryotherapy
  • Electrosurgery
  • Foreign Bodies*
  • Humans
  • Keloid* / pathology
  • Keloid* / surgery