There's a hole in my back, Dear Lisa, a hole!

Last August I had a couple of bumps suddenly appear on the back of my neck, oozing puss.

I have a typical pasty Scottish complexion, and I live in sunny Saskatchewan, so I’m well aware of the risks of skin cancer.

Went to my GP in September. He looked at them and said, “Yup, they should come off. Not a crisis, but I’ll give you a referral to a plastic surgeon.”

While I’m waiting for my appointment with the plastic surgeon, another big bump started forming on my back. Felt at first like a bad pimple, but never healed. Way bigger than the neck bumps.

Early December, saw the plastic surgeon. “Yes,” he said, looking at my neck bumps, “they should come off.”

I said, “I’ve also got this bigger one on my back” and showed it to him.

He took one look at it and said “I’ll take that off too.” No hesitation.

Went to day surgery this week. Bumps are gone from neck and back. As he was leaving, he tapped my foot and said, “Went well.” (He’s not effusive.)

Big dressing on the back, and it hurts more than the neck incision, so I assume he had to take more off to get rid of it.

Now wait for lab results, and avoid showers.

Were they cysts?

I’ve had sebaceous cysts taken off, but the last time I had these types of bumps on the back of my neck, the lab report said “pre-cancerous lesions”. So I don’t take any chances and go to the GP as soon as something like that surfaces.

Oh, hell yeah. Hope everything comes out ok.

Well, there you go. You had cats oozing out of your back. :stuck_out_tongue:

Seriously, Northern Piper, I hope that you feel better soon.

Thanks. It seems to be healing. Not hurting, just itchy.

I had a sebaceous cyst removed from the middle of my back. Mainly because I couldn’t reach the thing and it would get filled and become painful. I was hoping they’d remove it and just leave a tiny scar but they end up leaving a small divot in my back.

Good signs. Itching means it’s healing.

Lots of polysporin, then vitamin E cream for the scars.

The one on my back is over an inch long, as far as I can tell.

Do you have stitches?

I think, in this one specific instance, we can make an exception to the usual rule.


Yes, but if course I can’t see them. Mrs P says they look very clean and smooth. Self-dissolving kind.

Paging Dr. Lee!:stuck_out_tongue:

I’m glad that you fixed it, dear Henry, dear Henry…