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Dr Howard Stevens

Dr Howard Stevens

Dermatology 03198344

 

  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Overview
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • General
  • Skin cancer

Offers

  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I am a consultant dermatologist and Dermatological ands mohs surgeon, specialising in skin cancer.

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Investigative techniques I use combine the normal tools of a dermatologist with the latest technology. Dermoscopy and confocal microscopy are used to look beneath your skin, or digital dermoscopy for detailed analysis.

Apart from increasing accuracy, they help to avoid surgical biopsies. This fits with a belief in minimalist intervention, reflected in my experience as a Mohs surgeon.

MOHS SURGERY

A relatively recent yet well developed technique which reduces tissue damage. Mohs surgery is carried out in stages, alongside microscopic analysis, so that only tissue requiring removal is taken, rather than a wider margin.

Training as a Mohs surgeon in the USA in 2006 proved helpful on return to the UK, where the technique was not widely practiced.

I have carried out a substantial number of Mohs procedures, for straightforward and complex cases. Confirming the belief that Mohs surgery being called the gold standard of skin cancer surgery is justified.

SKIN CANCER TREATMENT

There can be cases, or conditions where Mohs is not the best option. Surgery is a valuable approach to curing skin cancer and alternative forms of excision may suit, although other approaches should be considered.

Minor cases may be manageable with medicated creams, or cryosurgery (freezing). Laser treatment, or non invasive photodynamic therapy are possibilities.

Whether through surgery, or other options, skin cancer treatment is a personal experience. Ensuring tailored treatment is available is a principle I have followed leading an NHS team, in private hospitals and at my own London clinics.

SKIN CANCER SCREENING

Prevention and early detection matter in skin cancer care. Skin cancer screening can help early stage conditions be found, prevent them from exacerbating and reduce required treatment.

This saves inconvenience, discomfort and on occasion, lives. At risk patients, such as those with previous skin cancers, or atypical, or numerous moles should be screened, although most of us could benefit.

As with diagnosis and treatment, I believe in using the latest technology for screening. This can be mole mapping via digital photography, or a similar approach to total body imaging, allied with digital dermoscopy.

WIDER DERMATOLOGY

Specialist care is important yet not always provided in isolation. Experience of general dermatology and management of acute adult, or paediatric patients help me provide rounded care.

This can be for patients with other medical, or surgical requirements, or for a single condition, where overall health and the future are still integral factors.

Throughout my career and when teaching others, I have supported the belief that medicine is about looking forward. Doctors are there to offer treatment and quality of life.

Areas of interest

Skin cancer, treatment and screening; Mohs surgery; Dermoscopye; Confocal microscvopy, Photodynamic therapy Oncology; A range of skin conditions; Skin

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Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)

Procedures completed

  • S1500

    Biopsy of skin or subcutaneous tissue - (>50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (5-50)

  • S0607

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) to malignant lesion of skin, with artificial light source, four or more - (>50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (>50)

  • S0651

    Removal of benign lesion on trunk or limbs less than 10 cm in diameter or on scalp less than 5cm in diameter (excluding lipoma) - (>50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (>50)

  • S0820

    Curettage/cryotherapy of lesions of skin (including cauterisation) - four or more - (>50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (5-50)

  • S0606

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) to malignant lesion of skin, with artificial light source, up to three - (>50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (>50)

  • S1110

    Curettage/cryotherapy of lesion of skin (including cauterisation) - up to three - (5-50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (1-5)

  • S0603

    Primary excision of malignant lesion - Trunk & Limbs - (5-50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (5-50)

  • S0654

    Removal of benign lesion on head and neck (excluding scalp) which is closed by primary closure or advancement flap (excluding lipoma) - (5-50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (5-50)

  • S2500

    Local flap - less than 9cm2 - (5-50)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (5-50)

  • S0632

    Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - up to three, Head & Neck (excluding lipoma) - (1-5)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (1-5)

  • S0642

    Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - four or more, Head & Neck (excluding lipoma) - (1-5)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (1-5)

  • S0605

    Secondary excision of malignant lesion - trunk & limbs - (1-5)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (1-5)

  • S0602

    Primary excision of malignant lesion - Head & Neck - (1-5)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (1-5)

  • S0643

    Excision of lesion of skin or subcutaneous tissue - four or more, Trunk & Limbs (excluding lipoma) - (1-5)

    Skin Care Network - Barnet (1-5)

  • C2220

    Biopsy of lesion of eyelid - (1-5)

  • BB906

    ExCon - Further Discretionary Payment - (1-5)

  • S4720

    Drainage of lesion of skin (including abscess) - (1-5)

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