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My dad has 5 paratoid cysts/tumors - they are annoying

(13 Posts)
KatyMac Wed 31-Oct-12 14:34:13

They are non-malignant

The GP will do nothing

at about £2000 a go to remove them privately that's £10K

Is there anything else that can be done (eg draining?)
TIA

KatyMac Wed 31-Oct-12 21:39:29

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KatyMac Thu 01-Nov-12 21:50:46

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CMOTDibbler Fri 02-Nov-12 09:34:00

He needs to get a referral to an appropriate specialist and discuss options, even if that referral is private.
The cost of removing them wouldn't be additive either - they would be removed at the same time, so though it might cost more as the operating slot would be longer, it prob wouldn't be more than £3k total at a guess

KatyMac Fri 02-Nov-12 11:55:27

Really?

Apparently the NHS will do nothing & they are causing no problems (other than a dry mouth)

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Fri 02-Nov-12 12:00:18

Has he asked about a second opinion?

KatyMac Fri 02-Nov-12 12:01:39

The GP won't even refer him; apparently they are cosmetic

When they get infected he gets antibiotics

KatyMac Fri 02-Nov-12 12:02:51

would they not be additive? even if they are different sides?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Fri 02-Nov-12 12:22:28

Is there another GP at the practise he can see?

CMOTDibbler Fri 02-Nov-12 13:39:40

Most of the cost of the operation is the bed, drugs, anaesthetists fee etc, so excising another cyst would be unlikely to cost more.

I'd find a local head and neck surgeon who does private work, then ask the GP for a referral - a consultation would be £150, then if they say they can do something in their NHS work, they will tell you

KatyMac Fri 02-Nov-12 15:04:49

He says at least his ears don't stick out as much as they did before

The GP says draining them is pointless as they will fill up again; but my dad says it has taken 20 years for them to fill up this much and he doesn't think he will be that bothered about them when he is 88......wink

I will get him to nag the GP/see a different one/see a specialist

Erebus Fri 02-Nov-12 16:44:04

DH had an infected parotid cyst drained (and checked for cytology) last week, under U/S control at a NHS hospital after 3 days of inpatient IV antibiotic treatment!

We are waiting for a follow up OP appt to see if the specialist reckons it'll refill and reinfect again.... and if the sack of the cyst should therefore be removed!

KatyMac Fri 02-Nov-12 17:42:35

Eeww

Poor him

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