What constitutes a minor surgical emergency?

  • Cuts or skin tears requiring stitches
  • Abscesses or boils requiring surgical drainage
  • Abnormal bumps or marks on the skin requiring biopsy

Some medical problems may be immediately life-threatening, in which case you should call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest hospital Emergency Room. Examples of major surgical emergencies requiring immediate care at a hospital include, but are not limited to, large lacerations with persistent bleeding, skin infections or abdominal pain with fever.