I need a large cyst removed: general surgeon or plastic surgeon?
I have a golf ball sized cyst in my shoulder/back that I need to have removed. It's deep and I would think having it removed would leave a huge crater in by back. Would a plastic surgeon be a better choice over a general surgeon for the procedure? Is there something out there that doctors use to "fill in" when something is removed? Anyone ever had a large cyst removed? I'd appreciate your advice.
Put some raw bacon on the cyst. Fasten it with tape or a bandaid and leave it on overnight. The fat will draw the cyst to a head and you can drain it yourself.
I learned this on DL.
R1 is right. Some of the finest medical experts in the world post on DL.
Just rub some 'Tussin on there and it'll be fine!
Plastic surgeons are never the right choice.
And they are not affordable.
Was there a crater in your back before there was a cyst? Of course not. So why do you think there will be one afterward?
I had a regular dermatologist remove mine. It was on the back of my neck. There wasn't much of a scar because he made 2 small incisions and removed the cyst. Don't look at the cyst - the cyst wall is nasty - I couldn't believe that was in me.
I had a dermatofibroma on my forehead, looks like a large spot. It's fairly simple to remove and you can only vaguely see the scar if you look. The forehead is a good place to have it cause it just blends in with forehead lines. It really wasn't anything major though, just a slight bump.
They can grow though and I saw someone with a much bigger one. I don't know about golf ball sized cysts, but I imagine they would be the same scar wise - just a slight depressed area that you wouldn't notice.
Mine was a surgeon, a fairly simple slicing with a scalpel procedure. Don't think plastic surgeons have anything to do with this or would do it, possible some are involved with plastic surgery as well.
What the fuck? Why did you wait until it was golf-ball-sized before you did something about it? Are there no doctors in your part of West Virginny, Abner?
Does the bacon work for breast cancer?
I had a basal cell carcinoma on my nose. I went to a plastic surgeon for that, because I needed a good cosmetic result for such a prominent feature. Why not get a consultation?
I've had several removed and they've all come back because the cyst wall was broken. Don't ever try to pop them or mess with them because that can cause infections and make it impossible to get the whole thing out and then it will grow back.
Op, get a good surgeon, plastic surgeon should be best but whomever has the talent...your doctor should be able to recommend the best.
I had a GP remove one from my back when I was a teenager.
The scar is so bad that it looks like I was stabbed with a large knife.
I had one on my back removed by a surgeon. He initially thought it was quite small but 3 general anaesthetics later he was still digging it out. It was awful, OP, and though I have quite a high pain threshold I was almost screaming.
To make matters worse the recovery period was about a week. I went straight to work after the op but as soon the meds wore off had to go home. I couldn't sleep on my back or left side for over a week and couldn't lean back in a chair. I'm glad it's out but the whole procedure was more intense than I was led to believe. Stock up on whatever drugs you can get your hands on.
Don't drain it yourself. It will just come back. Why? Becaus the cyst is contained in a sac. If the sac is not removed, it will just keep filling up. A dermatologist or experienced and willing family doc can remove the cyst safely.
OP, a dermatologic surgeon (a derm who has done a fellowship in skin surgery; available at any academic medical center nearby) will be able to handle the removal and will most likely have a better sense of cosmetic considerations than a general surgeon. Alternately, I would go to a reconstructive (not cosmetic) plastic surgeon (the kind of plastic surgeons who repair cleft palates and skin grafting after burns) for its removal. I can't imagine your insurance wouldn't cover it (if you're fortunate enough to be insured) given its size.
wishing you a speedy recovery OP!
What's in them nasty thangs – yellow matter custard?!
The best guide of what to expect. NO CRATER. Just the ability to sleep on your back, baby.
(The music is great - the whole thing is worth sitting through the 15-second ad.)
OP, are you sure its a cyst? Haven't you seen the movie The Manitou? It could be a reincarnated midget witch doctor!
OP had the surgery. It didn't go well.
View at your own risk.
many people do not realize that there are many surgical situations in which you should at least have a consult with a plastic surgeon - this sounds like one of them. Even in an emergency situation, if it's non-life threatening, I would advise people to ask for a plastic surgeon. When I was in a bad car accident I needed 32 stitches in my face and when my mom (a nurse) arrived in the ER she stopped them from stitching me up and asked for a plastic surgeon - I waited about an hour and she came in and did the work. You really can not tell I even had an accident and I wonder what it would have been like if the general surgeon zipped me up. Anyway, it never hurts to at least ask, and if the surgeon gets insulted, then you've discovered you have the wrong one anyway because they should always want what is best for you. good luck - get well soon OP
Ewww r22. If it's potentially serious enough scar wise to warrant it, by all means go to a dermatological or plastic surgeon for a second opinion or better result. Least you've given it a lot of thought before going ahead.
If it was in a prominent area like the face I definitely would do that, but who would want a nasty scar anywhere if they could avoid it.
Regarding R22 My guess that is either a bed sore or MRSA.
Just bend over the kitchen table and have some drunk friends poke it with a dirty needle and scream when it 'splodes. Then post it on YouTube. Be sure they all scream many times about how much the gunk inside STINKS.
I would just go to the drugstore and buy a tube of Ichthammol drawing salve. It looks and smells like black tar but it does the job.
OP, it may leave a crater after the doctor removes the sac, but that area will fill back in on its on in a few months.
[quote]I have a golf ball sized cyst in my shoulder/back that I need to have removed. Would a plastic surgeon be a better choice over a general surgeon?
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Nasty. I hate anything to do with holes in the skin. There was this well known fake of a woman with parasites in her breast, that pic scarred me.
It is not on your face, so you should go to a regular surgeon. Check with your regular doctor for a referral and check with your insurance.
OP, my brother had a similar cyst. He got a referral from his GP to go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon, who did a great job. Bro says it was painful surgery, but it never came back.
His GP requested it be biopsies for cancer, so insurance paid for the whole thing.
You'll feel better when it's gone.
Are you sure it is cyst? I have a fatty tumor on my back. It's benign but also the size of a golf ball. It's not something you pop, it's surgery and may even require an overnight stay. I don't believe this part but this is what my doc said. I don't know if insurance will cover it but if it's not interfering with your life then you probably have to pay our of pocket.
Someone said this worked on them after they saw it work for the dog.
Ask a dermatologist. If the thing is actually a cyst, it will automatically fill back, so the whole shebang will have to come out, walls and all. If you can effectively drain it, it's a boil. And you responder who advised bacon was wrong--if you want to draw the evil stuff out of it, use raw potato scrapings and/or a slice of raw garlic bandaged to your ugly place overnight and whenever you can. But it's not a boil, according to your own diagnosis. It's gonna stay and get bigger. Have a dermatologist remove it, at least. Mine was right inside my shoulder blade, and I had it removed over 30 years ago, so maybe the medical knowledge has improved, but I still have a 2" scar. My friends tell me it's hardly visible, but they're kind and they know how sensitive I am. Still, its edges are soft, and above all, it doesn't look like it's going to ooze or erupt or spread or anything! Whatever you do, consider the health aspect before the cosmetic aspect. Unhealthy never looks good!
Try and have the pastic do it. If it is not cosmetic your insurance should cover it...ask his front desk person. It would be less painful if they did it as well since they work with such fine detail.
Dermatologist do not have a surgical residency so I would have a surgeon as the second choice do it,except as someone above mentioned someone who has a surgical dermitological residency.
OPie, I've had one that I would describe as cherry tomatoe size. What they dig out out is much smaller than what you see externally.
Outpatient surgery at you local clinic is fine. You will have a minor scar that is hardly noticeable.
OPie - there is also no pain. As you would expect on DL, most of these posters are full of sh*t
What the fuck is wrong with you cyst-covered people?
Just go to Pep Boys and pick up a tub.
Just be prepared for the stink. The cheesy rotten puss that sits there for years has an indescribably odor that cannot be gotten rid of. It takes residence in your hair, skin and nasal passages. My uncle had a cyst on his back drained, and the smell was so bad he shaved his head because shampooing wouldn't get rid of the odor. But it still was in his pores, and he couldn't sleep and lost his job and started drinking. He finally killed himself, after his wife left him because of the odor in his skin.
So be careful. Wear nose plugs.
R35, it sounds like you have a lipoma. Four years ago I went to a plastic surgeon to have a golf-ball sized lipoma (a benign fatty tumor) removed from the middle of my back, just to the right of my spine. It cost less than $800 cash and the whole visit took little more than an hour. The plastic surgeon deftly removed it intact (they can grow back but mine has not.) It left only a modest and fading scar that is far preferable to being unable to rest peacefully on one's back. If I had known how simple and affordable it was, I would have had it done long ago.
There won't be a significant scar. A plastic surgeon will accept your money, but it makes absolutely no sense to go to them.