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Mole removal, what to expect?

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Marne Wed 03-Aug-11 16:44:44

Hi, im having a large mole removed tomorrow on my back, i am a bit of a wimp when it comes to things like this, what should i expect?

Suncottage Wed 03-Aug-11 16:49:05

Bumping for you op as I am interested as well

libbylobs Wed 03-Aug-11 16:53:29

hi , i have had a few removed, and really its only the local injection that stings , the removel of the mole takes no time and does not hurt, its just the initial injection that stings .goodluck you will be fine,.x

sundayb3st Wed 03-Aug-11 16:56:50

I had mine (on my leg) removed a couple of years ago. The actual procedure was fine. Got some local anestesics and could only feel a little tugging when the mole was being removed. The second day it got very painfull and hot. I called the very (un) helpful nhs direct. They said it was normal. 3 days later it got so bad I had to go to the doctor. He was horrified. I had a really bad infection. Took 3 courses of antibiotics and a week off work to clear the infection. I complained to the hospital and got a letter of apology.
Sorry if I freaked you out. It will be fine but just keep an eye out for any signs of infection. If you think it's infected go the docs straight away.
Good luck.

supadupapupascupa Wed 03-Aug-11 16:58:56

i cried when i had mine done i was so scared.

but it didn't hurt a bit grin

worst bit was having the stitches removed

munstersmum Wed 03-Aug-11 16:59:18

I had one removed & it was fine/painless after jab. The poor doctor may say otherwise as I announced 'I think I'm going to have talk while you do this' and proceeded to bore him senseless with inane ramblings grin

demolitionduo Wed 03-Aug-11 17:11:30

Hello Marne. I have had many removed from different areas.
Firstly I can promise you that by this time tomorrow you'll wonder what you stressed so much over. The build up is far worse than the actual procedure.

I've only ever had mine taken off at a hospital, though I know some GP surgeries do them too. So, from my experiences......

You'll likely get to wear a fetching hospital gown & you will be asked to lay down on your front. The worst bit is the local anaesthetic- it can sting but it's not agony. You may have 3 or 4 little jabs to ensure everything is numbed up. This bit will last at most a minute.

They will check you are numb before starting. You will see nothing & hear very little. The surgeon or nurse will likely chat away to you & you will find yourself relaxing & not really focusing on what is going on.

The op itself, assuming the removal is pretty straightforward will likely take 10 mins max. You'll have a few stitches put in which will come out about 7-10 days later (that sounds much worse than it is too!) & a dressing will be applied. You may be instructed not to get it wet for a few days.

You may feel a bit uncomfortable once the anaesthetic wears off- sore but not excruciating. Nothing that a couple of ibruprofen or similar won't address. Also, as it heals it's very common for the scar to feel really itchy- again, nothing to worry about- it's all the nerve endings & skin knitting back together.

I'm not sure of the reasons for the removal of the mole, but it will be sent off for analysis anyway & the results passed on to you at a follow up or perhaps when the stitches come out.

Feel free to PM me if you have a specific question, but honestly, it really is nowhere near as bad as you are currently envisaging.

Wishing you all the best for tomorrow.

DeWe Wed 03-Aug-11 18:27:01

I had several removed as a child as dm was convinced any mole was a danger.
The worst bits are the local anasthetic going in, and the stitches coming out.
One set I had removed were done very well, can't even see a scar. Some of the others either weren't done as well, or perhaps because they were on a joint have left a scar about 10mm in diameter.

chickensaregreen Wed 03-Aug-11 18:27:02

I had one removed from by back about 4 years ago. At the doctors surgery, by a doctor. Laid on my front he put an injection in it which was a bit stingy then he burned it off. The strangest bit was the smell of burning skin! No stitches, he covered it over and I drove home! A bit sore but no pain.

kickingking Wed 03-Aug-11 18:31:19

Had a mole removed a few years ago.

Was given injection of local anasthetic and had to lay down (mole was on my hip). It was removed with a scalpel, I think, but I wasn't looking! Didn't hurt at all. Was cauterised (sp?) which again didn't hurt, but seeing smoke coming off my skin was a bit disconcerting! They put some gauze over it and off I went. No probs after and a nice, neat. tiny scar.

Marne Wed 03-Aug-11 19:52:01

Thank you, i'm not sure if i am having it done tomorrow now as my mum was ment to be having the dd's but is now ill (i'm trying to find someone else but its not looking good), i'm having it done by my GP, he said he can only remove part of it as half of it is flat and the middle (which he will memove) is very raised, i think he will cut it and stitch (but not sure), in a way i will be very pleased to get rid of it as it is causing problems (i keep knocking it) and as it has got bigger i worry about the risk of skin cancer (after being sun burnt many times as a teenager).

RichTeaAreCrap Wed 03-Aug-11 20:06:40

I had one on my arm removed a few years ago. I was worried about it hurting - it won't hurt one bit.

The most inconvenient thing was not being able to get it wet, because it was on my arm it made it near impossible to shower! I wrapped a waterproof bag around my arm and hoped for the best!

The stitches came out 7 days later, again this didn't hurt at all.

It will be itchy afterwards, this is normal. Mine itched for weeks!

5inthebed Wed 03-Aug-11 20:17:55

I hav a funny mole removal story to cheer you up smile

I had to have a few moles removed from the back of my neck, and off I went to a plastic surgery clinic (courtesy of the NHS). Got all gowned up, had to remove my underwear and even had a hopsital band put on.

The surgon came to introduce himself, a very dishy Russian man. He talked about the procedure and what to expect etc. Then walked into the operating theatre and was told to lie on the hospital bed on my side.

The injection into my neck was sore, but not overbearing, and the operation was over in minutes.

The surgeon was working from behind (oo er), and once he had finished, he came aroudn to talk to me, an as he was standing, and I was lying down, where he stoo, his crotch as directly in front of my face! On seeing it, I shut my yes quite tight and the surgeon got quite panicked and asked me if I was ok, thnk he thought I had fainted. Had to open my eyes to prove I was ok, and was confronted with his groin again. Luckily he moved away after that, and Iw as taken into recovery, where I was given a cup of tea and some biscuits.

Marne Wed 03-Aug-11 20:24:23

Thank you 5inthebed grin, think i will try and go (my doctor is quite dishy) wink.

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