Doctors Lounge - Dermatology Answers
"The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."
Forum Name: Dermatology Topics
Question: Sebaceous cyst removal
|lukas_s - Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:55 pm||
This past Saturday I had a sebaceous cyst removed from my neck. It had been there since 2006, but had, within the past week, started to become sore and appeared to be getting a bit larger. It felt hard to the touch.
Removal seemed to go well, I received 4 shots of novocaine around the cyst, after which the surgeon used a scalpel to cut into it and then remove it. He then cleaned it, and placed a bandage over it.
He was not clear with aftercare instructions, however. Only thing he said was to "clean it with Q-Tips and hydrogen peroxide." He did not specify how often, nor how long to keep it bandaged, and at the time I did not think to ask about it. It appears to be healing up just fine, but my question is: should it still feel hard to the touch? Will this go away? It looks a lot better, but I'm worried that perhaps because I still feel hardness under the skin that it was not removed properly. How should I properly care for this?
Thanks in advance!
|Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:24 am||
Hello,Your surgeon would have removed the entire sac and contents.May be what you are feeling could be a small hematoma ie mild blood seepage and clotting.This would get resorbed.While it is not impossible most of the time a single procedure is enough.Rarely there could be a recurrence if part of the cyst wall remains.Best wishes.
|| Check a doctor's response to similar questions|
Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?
Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community
Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.
Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.