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Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Area of medical practice that uses surgery to reshape, repair or restore an area of the body - the surgery may be for medical reasons or personal reasons

Procedures:

Bilateral mastectomy for gynecomastia

Surgery to remove excessive breast tissue in a male (not due to obesity). This may include liposuction.

Bilateral otoplasty

Surgery to correct a deformity of the ear which has been present from birth which makes the ear stick out. This is for a person less than 18 years old.

Bilateral removal of breast prosthesis and capsulectomy

Surgery to remove a breast implant or breast tissue expander. Any tissue removed is sent for testing. This is often performed on both breasts. This procedure does not apply when a breast implant is re-inserted.

Breast reconstruction with removal of tissue expansion unit and insertion of prosthesis

The second of two surgeries to reconstruct one breast. The specialist will remove the tissue expander and insert a permanent implant to recreate the breast. This surgery follows 3 to 6 months after the service “Breast reconstruction with tissue expansion”.

Breast reconstruction with tissue expansion

The first of two surgeries to recreate one breast. At the same time as, or after a mastectomy, the specialist inserts an expandable/empty breast implant. They inflate the expander over 6-8 weeks, until it reaches the size you both agree on. Once ready, the expander is replaced with a definitive implant. The procedure is followed 3-6 months later with “Breast reconstruction with removal of tissue expansion unit and insertion of prosthesis”.

Breast reduction

Surgery to make the breasts smaller for medical purposes only. It also involves repositioning of the nipple.

Carpal tunnel release

Surgery to divide a ligament in the wrist to help reduce pressure on the nerve in that area.

Dupuytren's fasciectomy (multiple fingers)

Surgery to treat a condition that causes deformity of multiple fingers. The specialist may need to perform a full thickness graft.

Dupuytren's fasciectomy (one finger)

Surgery to treat a condition that causes deformity of one finger. The specialist may need to perform a full thickness graft.

Excision of large squamous or basal cell carcinoma

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous or cancerous lesion, cyst, scar, or ulcer from the skin of the face, scalp, neck, nipple area, lower leg, or forearm. The area may be repaired with either a flap of muscle, skin or muscle and skin from another part of the body directly after. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of medium melanoma on trunk

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin between 15 mm and 30 mm in size. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of small basal cell carcinoma on the face

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin less than 14 mm in size from the face. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells.The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Rhinoplasty

Surgery to straighten or fix the outside shape of the nose for medical purposes. May include a graft using cartilage or bone from the nose.

Skin flap repair

Surgery to move a piece of healthy muscle, skin, or both, to repair a nearby area after removal of a skin growth. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Services:

Professional attendances
Follow-up specialist appointment

A follow-up appointment with a specialist at their rooms or in-hospital. The specialist may provide additional services which may have their own costs.

Initial specialist appointment

The first appointment with a specialist at their rooms.

MBS item 91822

The first appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91823

A follow up appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91832

The first appointment with a specialist for a specific condition and/or course of treatment. The appointment is by telehealth and is for more than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91833

A follow up appointment with a specialist. The appointment is by telehealth and is for more than 5 minutes.

Therapeutic procedures
Excision of large squamous or basal cell carcinoma

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous or cancerous lesion, cyst, scar, or ulcer from the skin of the face, scalp, neck, nipple area, lower leg, or forearm. The area may be repaired with either a flap of muscle, skin or muscle and skin from another part of the body directly after. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of medium melanoma on trunk

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin between 15 mm and 30 mm in size. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of small basal cell carcinoma on the face

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin less than 14 mm in size from the face. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells.The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Glucocorticoid preparations

Many injections of steroid medicine. This is to treat areas of damaged or abnormal skin.

Skin biopsy

Taking a sample of skin for testing (biopsy) during a consultation.

Skin flap repair

Surgery to move a piece of healthy muscle, skin, or both, to repair a nearby area after removal of a skin growth. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

MBS item 18236

Injection of anaesthetic into a branch of one of the main nerves of the face (trigeminal).

MBS item 18266

Injection of an anaesthetic into one or more nerves of the arm and hand (ulnar, radial, median).

MBS item 18272

Injection of an anaesthetic into the one or more nerves of the leg (saphenous, sural, popliteal, posterior tibial).

MBS item 18362

Botox injection in a person aged 12 years or older to treat excessive sweating in the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis). Includes all injections on same day.

MBS item 30023

A procedure to clean out a deep or dirty soft tissue wound. General anaesthetic or area specific nerve numbing is needed. Stitches may be used to close the wound.

MBS item 30192

A procedure to destroy 10 or more areas of skin which are at risk of becoming cancerous (premalignant).

MBS item 30202

Surgery to remove a cancerous growth (malignant neoplasm) from the skin or mucous membranes, using liquid nitrogen to freeze the area.

MBS item 30219

A procedure to cut and drain an area of blood (haematoma) or pus (furuncle or abscess). This procedure does not happen in a hospital.

MBS item 31220

Surgery to remove between 4 and 10 growths (tumour or cyst), ulcers or scars, each smaller than 10 mm (in diameter) and located in the skin (cutaneous) or just below (subcutaneous). A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31345

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fatty lump (lipoma) by cutting (excision) or suction (liposuction). The lump is under the skin (subcutaneous) and more than 50mm wide. A sample is sent for testing.

MBS item 31350

Surgery in a person aged 10 years or older, to remove a non-cancerous growth (benign tumour). A sample is sent for testing. This surgery does not include removal of tumours from skin, cartilage or bone, or fatty lumps (lipoma).

MBS item 31356

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin smaller than 6 mm in size. This is from or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31357

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is smaller than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31358

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin larger than 6 mm in size. This is from or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31360

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is larger than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31362

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous area of skin less than 14 mm in size including a fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar. This is from or around the face, neck, scalp, nipple, lower leg or upper arm. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31364

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is more than 14 mm in diameter and is on the face, neck, scalp, nipple area (nipple areola complex), lower leg or forearm.

MBS item 31365

Surgery to remove a skin cancer (malignant skin lesion). The area is less than 15 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31366

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is less than 15 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31367

Surgery to remove a skin cancer (malignant skin lesion). The area is between 15 mm and 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31368

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is between 15 mm and 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31369

Surgery to remove a skin cancer (malignant skin lesion). The area is more than 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31370

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is more than 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31371

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is larger than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31372

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin less than 14 mm in size. This is from or around the face, neck, scalp, nipple, lower leg or upper arm. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31373

Surgery to remove skin cancer larger than 14 mm in size. This is from or around the face, neck, scalp, nipple, lower leg or upper arm. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31374

Surgery to remove skin cancer which is less than 15 mm in size. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31376

Surgery to remove skin cancer which is larger than 30 mm in size. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31563

Surgery to repair a nipple which is turned inwards (inverted).

MBS item 45202

Surgery to fix an area after skin was removed to treat a condition. A flap of muscle, skin or muscle and skin is used in the repair.

MBS item 45203

Surgery to repair a large or complicated skin defect. A flap of skin from another area is taken to fill the defect.

MBS item 45206

Surgery to repair a skin defect of the eyelid, nose, lip, ear, neck, hand, fingers or thumb, or genitals. A flap of skin from another area is taken to fill the defect.

MBS item 45451

Surgery using a piece of skin from one area of the body to repair another area (graft).

MBS item 45506

Surgery by a specialist to correct a scar less than 3 cm long on the face or neck. This is done in an operating theatre.

MBS item 45512

Surgery to correct a scar more than 3 cm long on the face or neck. This is done in an operating theatre or at a specialist's practice.

MBS item 45515

Surgery to correct a scar less than 7 cm long which is not on the face or neck. This is done in an operating theatre or at a specialist's practice.

MBS item 45518

Surgery to correct a scar more than 7 cm long which is not on the face or neck. This is done in an operating theatre or at a specialist's practice.

MBS item 45665

Surgery to remove cancer from the lip, eyelid or ear. This is done by removing the tissue with cancer and then repairing it with stitches.

MBS item 46363

Surgery to help treat swollen tendons in the hand or wrist which are causing trigger finger (stenosing tenovaginitis).