When we arrived at the doctor's office, the kids broke out their iPods, thus becoming the iZombies I've grown to accept. My wife picked up a copy of "Carolina Woman" magazine and pointed out a really good article on sunscreen (I may share some of that on my Facebook page). Earlier in the week, I was contacted by UV Skinz to give them a call and talk about my blog a bit. After my wife was called into her appointment, I figured what better opportunity to discuss melanoma awareness than on the phone from a dermatologist's waiting room! I placed the call, which lasted about 30 minutes. I'll share more on this conversation in a later blog, but I will say that many folks listened in with great interest.
At the end of the call, my wife came out from her appointment. She had scheduled her apointment to address her rosacea, and also to follow up a previous biopsy on her back of a dyplastic nevi. The mole was shaved and sent to pathology about 3 or 4 months ago with negative results, and was a little tender still to the touch. What she discovered was that the nevi was growing back.
It's located on her left shoulder blade and her dermatologist has recommended that a plastic surgeon cut it out and send off. It wouldn't be a mild shaving, but a true cutting out..."with stitches" as my wife whispered.
My initial reaction was to encourage her to arrange an appointment right away. But I could see that she's scared. The fear is not so much for any potential towards skin cancer, but mostly for the surgery itself. She has a lot of questions and does not like the prospect of being cut into to a point of requiring stitches. She's a daycare teacher and she's worried that her ability to lift will be hampered. And she's worried about the pain.
As she goes off to work tomorrow, I told her that I could call the plastic surgeon's office and ask some questions. I've encouraged her to do the same...but I think her fear is blocking her from potentially making such calls. I asked her if I could convey her situation in my blog and Facebook page...perhaps ask others to share their similar stories.
So here I am. My wife Kim (Kim, meet the BITNP readers...readers, meet Kim) is wondering about the following.
- Does such an extraction of a dysplastic nevi hurt? Do they numb it? Are you awake during the procedure?
- What is the recovery like? Do you have to stay off work for a while, and for how long?
- What kind of stitches are used? Does it hurt to get them out?
- Are there any complications involved?
- Should she have the procedure done? (I know the answer to that...but I'm asking anyhow).
I thank you...and Kim thanks you as well.