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Painful mole removal?
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I had an appointment last week to have a cyst on my finger removed using this method, but when I got there the doctor said he would rather I saw a surgeon at the hospital as it involves doing some rebuilding of my finger (plastic surgery) and having my nail off, all under local anaesthetic.
I was really annoyed at the time as the cyst is ugly and I had been looking forward to getting rid of it. However,reading your question Hermia, I am now really glad! Poor you.
I hope you feel beter soon.
I think it is wise to have a local anaesthetic for any medical procedure. Without an injection one is tensed against the pain even before there's any pain, which adds to the body's trauma; you might move a bit too much and get injured somewhere else during the procedure, making the suffering much worse. Also, it can't be very nice for practicioners, knowing you are going to feel everything and that you might become difficult to handle because of the pain. I find it difficult to believe that you were not offered a local. If you are not offered, you could insist.
Another thing is that we hold in our groans and screams. That's the modern way for you - adding to pain by trying to deny it. Letting out groans and screams is a way of coping with the tension and pain, a realease for the body. If a person goes without anaesthetic, that's a good excuse for a few stiff brandies beforehand.
My brother-in-law went to the hospital last thursday, ( he has skin cancer on his face ) they used luquid nitrogen on his brow. The doctor used a gun which looked like fire distingiusher and applied it twice to the infected area. My sister told me he looked like he'd had two cigarette burns, the doctor told him he would feel some discomfort that night & he did, the treated area got bigger by evening which looked like cigar burns. He still has more treatment to have in July where they are going to cut the cancer out which is near his eye, he will have local anaesthetic for that proceedure. This the second time in 2 and half yrs he has had treatment for skin cancer, the first time it was cut out under local he is quite a tough guy but he has said he wants general because it was painful the first time.
My husband has had two moles taken off him one on his back, the other on the top of his arm, our doctor gave him local anaesthetic on both occasions as they needed to be cut out, he was o.k. :-)
Thanks for all the replies. It's reassuring to know that freezing moles off IS painful and I wasn't just being a wimp. It's now over a week since I've had it done and it's still sore and looks dreadful, but my friend said it took a couple of weeks before hers began to feel better.
It makes me wonder why doctors don't use a local anaesthetic as a matter of course when doing this procedure. They are so quick to work these days and it would mean that the doctor could do his job without having to deal with an upset patient.