A Buckingham-based skin cancer specialist offering expert assessment and treatment of suspicious skin lesions using the full range of surgical and non-surgical techniques including Moh's surgery and photodynamic therapy (PDT).
Dr Ravi Ratnavel is Consultant Dermatologist at Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Consultant at Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust. He provides private treatment for skin cancer at four independent hospitals in Buckinghamshire:
- BMI The Chiltern Hospital, Great Missenden
- BMI The Paddocks Clinic, Princes Risborough
- Spire Thames Valley Hospital, Wexham
- BMI The Shelburne Hospital, High Wycombe
An experienced skin cancer specialist
A graduate of Oxford University, Dr Ratnavel underwent his clinical training at hospitals attached to London and Cambridge Universities and completed his dermatology training at the world renowned St John's Institute for Dermatology in London. With a special interest in the medical and surgical treatment of skin cancers, he has been the NHS clinical lead for the provision of skin cancer treatment services in the Buckinghamshire and Oxford region.
Skin conditions treated by Dr Ravi Ratnavel
Dr Ratnavel offers assessment and treatment for a wide range of skin lesions, including:
- Suspicious moles
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Malignant melanoma
- Solar keratoses
- Bowen's disease
Expert assessment and treatment of skin lesions
Dr Ratnavel highly experienced in the assessment of worrying moles, lumps and blemishes, surgically removing the lesion under local anaesthetic where necessary and sending a sample of the tissue to the laboratory to confirm diagnosis. In many cases, no further treatment is required as long as the histology matches the expected diagnosis and the excision site heals satisfactorily. Other methods of removing skin lesions include currettage, cauterisation, cryotherapy, electrodiathermy and shave excision.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) in Buckinghamshire
Dr Ratnavel offers photodynamic therapy (PDT), a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for thin basal cell carcinomas and precancerous skin conditions such as actinic (solar) keratoses and Bowen's disease. A special light sensitive cream that is selectively absorbed by diseased skin cells is applied to the affected area of skin for approximately three hours and the area is then exposed to red light emitting diodes, selectively destroying the dysplastic and cancerous cells.
Associated with excellent cosmetic results, photodynamic therapy is carried out as a day procedure, usually without the need for local anaesthetic .
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