This isn't the most pleasant thing to discuss, but I don't know anyone else who has had it. Monday I went in for out patient surgery to have an infected Sebaceous Cyst removed on my back. I'm a little pissed about the whole thing because I've had this for a while, (over a year), and showed it to my doctor a long time ago. He said not to bother with it because they sometimes go away by themselves. It was then quite small and not a problem.
About 3 weeks ago it became very large, (about the size of half a golf ball), red and sore. I went back and he told me it was infected, and he was going to send me to a surgeon because he said it would be much too painful to remove in his office. A week ago Monday, (the 7th), I went to see him, (the surgeon), for the initial examination and he booked the surgery for this past Monday, (the 14th), in the hospital as an out patient procedure.
He told me because of the infection he would have to "remove some skin over the top of it". During the week that followed waiting for the surgery it really became inflamed, painful, and began to drain. I had the surgery done, and they kicked me to the curb with a prescription for 40 Vicodin, and said to leave the bandage on for 48 hours before taking a shower and changing it. Yesterday afternoon I took the bandage off and I have a 3" by 2" hole in my back close to a 1/2" DEEP! I was shocked. I had no idea he was going to remove so much tissue! I can't imagine how long this is going to take to heal? Has anyone ever had anything like this done? I could post a picture of it but it is a large wound and really graphic. They never even told me how to properly bandage this thing. I'm going to the pharmacy this morning to get some supplies. The last thing I need is to get this thing infected before it heals. Right now it feels like I've got a red hot branding iron sitting on my back. I just wish I was better prepared for what I was in for! Bill T.