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Title: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: obfuscations on May 17, 2011, 03:46:04 PM
 anyone have experience with small-area biopsy for possible skin cancer?  having a mole checked out later this week, if dr. wants to cut it i'm wondering what that means for water time.  thx
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: nicolecamp425 on May 17, 2011, 04:19:33 PM
I was able to get in the next day!
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: ankleslapper on May 17, 2011, 04:42:51 PM
speaking from experience, it'll likely be a 'shave' first (which means neosporin + band-aid=in water next day)...and if they need to examine further, you might need stitches -- but that's usually a follow-up appt.  With stitches, depending on whether you listen to docs or not, might keep you out.  I was out last Spring for the better part of two weeks -- just because I wanted a span of stitches on my shoulder blade to heal well.  You know what - it was over Memorial Day...time to make an appointment for yearly check.  Hope all goes well.
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: obfuscations on May 17, 2011, 04:57:26 PM
 exactly my scenario - thursday afternoon appointment and hoping to surf fri/sat, so this is good to hear.  thx!   dreading the results though, its right on top of my head so won't be pleasant or pretty if it has to come off
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: Kmf on May 18, 2011, 08:40:37 AM
If its anything serious and on top of your head not pretty, hade one last summer and was out of the water all of July and part of August.
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: obfuscations on May 18, 2011, 09:14:30 AM
 fingers crossed its benign, will know soon enough .   kmf was that no pool too, or just ocean?  if i can at least keep swimming laps i won't go totally insane ...
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: Kmf on May 18, 2011, 09:28:57 AM
Might be able to do the pool. My case was pretty bad, 43 staples so after they were out was still a little nervous about being in the water
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: obfuscations on May 18, 2011, 09:50:33 AM
 wow, glad yr OK !  this thing is pretty small so even if it goes i hope less carnage than you faced .   
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: obfuscations on May 19, 2011, 02:09:33 PM
doc says almost surely benign, will take it off next week anyway (no stiches) ... phew!   and i'll surf tomorrow ! 
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: seb on May 19, 2011, 04:20:40 PM
Wear a swimcap if biopsy not totally healed, lots of runoff these past few days...don't risk an infection.
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: obfuscations on June 09, 2011, 09:03:15 AM
 got my results back - benign - and the biop spot healed clean - and i surfed - all good and a relief !!
Title: Re: skin biopsy / water time
Post by: ankleslapper on June 10, 2011, 08:56:13 PM
congrats.  I just had a 'clear' annual check last week -- nothing off.  phew.  Just something I feel like we all need to say on top of ...not skipping/putting off those appts.