Friday, September 4, 2009

Post-Op Day... My Little Surgery

I had a "Stage Zero" melanoma on my left arm. It looks like the illustration below... just on the top surface of the skin. If you have to have a melanoma, I guess it's the best kind to have. Well, now it's gone... I had it cut off yesterday at the dermatologist's office. They numbed the area with lidocaine. That stung a little, but the cutting itself was not felt at all. Before I knew it, he was stitching it up and applying a bandage. So, I now have a big bandage on my arm. I have to go back in two weeks to have the stitches removed. It's a good thing to discover a melanoma and have it removed before it grows deeper into the tissue; that's when the cancer cells can begin to spread to other areas in the body. So, I am happy that I have had this done.

7 comments:

Jenn Jilks said...

All the best. Glad you had it looked at swiftly and done away with easily.

Bearette24 said...

Yikes! Glad you caught it.

judy in ky said...

I'm glad I caught it, too. It was just like a big freckle for a long time, but then it started thickening.

Mim said...

Judy
So glad you found it and it was removed!
And your post yesterday about cat fur in the fridge! Funny.
Do you have plans to replace the frig or just cope with it.
Yes I kinda haven't been around much, but now that it feels more like fall I hope to visit on the computer more.
Stay well!

chickory said...

really glad you were on point so early! yay!

Susan said...

hugs from me and the Gang !

rachel said...

Good news for you, and instructive for us too. Hope it all heals up well.