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To perform minor surgery on myself?

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AlannaPartridge Thu 12-Sep-13 21:26:55

Serious question.

I have a sebaceous cyst on my earlobe. It's been there about two years and is the size of a pea. It's not sore or painful, but it's quite obvious & I feel self conscious about it.

I also want to get my ears pierced (finally!) but can't while it's there.

The doctor won't do anything because it's purely cosmetic & causing me no problems at all.

So....I'm thinking.....what if I clean the area really well with antiseptic wipes, sterilise a craft scalpel, make a small cut over the top and squeeze the bugger out (making sure the sack comes too)?

I am a sporner and feel quite excited at the thought of squeezing it out (blush) but obviously don't want to do myself a serious mischief.

What do you think?

IEatDates Thu 12-Sep-13 21:27:55

I would.

Yonihadtoask Thu 12-Sep-13 21:30:09

I would do it too.

candycoatedwaterdrops Thu 12-Sep-13 21:30:14

Only with a photo and/or video.

BigBrassBand Thu 12-Sep-13 21:30:15

You need to video the operation. For research purposes. And post a link here.

MissBeehiving Thu 12-Sep-13 21:32:02


Oh yes, I would fo'shure. But you must post photos, tis the way of the Sporners <channels Mr Myagi>

BeyondTheLimitsOfAcceptability Thu 12-Sep-13 21:32:15

I would. If it goes majorly wrong, you just go to hospital and they have to fix it wink

Twattybollocks Thu 12-Sep-13 21:32:55

It will hurt like a bastard if you use a scalpel. A large bore hypodermic would be better (and more satisfying from a sporn point of view) you do know that if you don't get the sac it will come back though? Is there not a friendly mumsnetter fellow sporner nearby who could video assist you with the surgery?

sameoldIggi Thu 12-Sep-13 21:33:13

I once cut out a wart. It wasn't clever but it worked.
Good luck.

BeyondTheLimitsOfAcceptability Thu 12-Sep-13 21:34:08

If youre near me, I will gladly come and help!!

WafflyVersatile Thu 12-Sep-13 21:34:11

you could get a horrible infection that kills you.

But you probably won't. Do it.

Or just keep squeezing and picking at it til it goes septic then squeeze it like a spot. Someone I know did this with one on her scalp.

Merlotmonster Thu 12-Sep-13 21:35:04

hell yeah!!! self surgery is the way forward...envy

elcranko Thu 12-Sep-13 21:35:20

I would so do this. Please provide an update as well as photos/video evidence once you've done it grin

Mummybookworm Thu 12-Sep-13 21:36:58


AlannaPartridge Thu 12-Sep-13 21:37:28

Where do I get a hypodermic from, Twatty? That does sound more satisfying. I'd get a long worm, wouldn't I?

Now - the sack. I have deduced from YouTube a medical site that that needs to be removed with tweezers? Sound right?

Yes - promise I will film & post. Unless it looks really disgusting and I'm too embarrassed.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 12-Sep-13 21:37:37

Oo where are you - I'll do it. I have wine!!

LifeOfPee Thu 12-Sep-13 21:37:37

I'm excited for you at the thought of doing it. Go for it.

What's the worst that can happen? If your ear falls off you've only got one you have to clean, perhaps you'll only pay half price for the piercing and you can take advantage of all the single earrings left at the end of the sales which are no use to people with two ears. Positives all round.

Swannykazoo Thu 12-Sep-13 21:37:53

Nah! If you don't excise the cyst wall it will just come back and you also need to excise the little opening (called a punctum) to get it all. They often shell out reasonably easily if you have two hands and a nice pair of dissecting scissors and green pyjama things on (ie in a theatre/minor ops suitewink)
Sure its cosmetic but lots of hospitals run a "lumps and bumps" list done under local anaesthetic where loads of these get taken out so try asking a different GP if there's one near you.

If you do squeeze it out be prepared for the contents to absolutely honk by the way. Like rotten cheese mixed with manky feet. wink

Mummybookworm Thu 12-Sep-13 21:38:10

For surgical and videoing purposes you must have good lighting. <hard stare>

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 12-Sep-13 21:38:13

I would so do this. But use a needle and sterilise it first.

Crowler Thu 12-Sep-13 21:38:58

I lanced a boil and it was good fun. My kids loved it.

ATruthUniversallyAcknowledged Thu 12-Sep-13 21:40:08

I love the sporners. You make me laugh grin

Mummybookworm Thu 12-Sep-13 21:40:22

And whomsoever is videoing the surgery lucky git should use a tripod or have a very steady hand.

MissBeehiving Thu 12-Sep-13 21:40:23

Oh, there's no such thing as too disgusting

zatyaballerina Thu 12-Sep-13 21:41:18

yanbu, I wouldn't be able to resist.

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