DEFINITION-Removal of benign sebaceous cysts, sometimes called epidermoid cysts.
BODY PARTS INVOLVED-Sebaceous cysts, usually occurring on the skin of the trunk,
face, scalp and neck. They often appear behind the ear.
REASONS FOR SURGERY
- Prevention of infections.
- Improved appearance.
SURGICAL RISK INCREASES WITH-Any bleeding disorder.
What To Expect
WHO OPERATES-Family doctor, general surgeon or dermatologist.
WHERE PERFORMED-Doctor's office or outpatient surgical facility.
- Before surgery: Blood and urine studies.
- After surgery: Laboratory examination of removed tissue.
ANESTHESIA-Local anesthesia by injection.
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION
- An incision is made over the cyst, with care taken not to rupture its confining wall.
Leakage from the cyst can cause inflammation and delay healing.
- The cyst and its contents are removed intact.
- The skin is closed with sutures or clips, which usually can be removed about 1 week
- Excessive bleeding.
- Surgical-wound infection.
- Recurrence of the cyst, if the cyst wall is not completely removed.
AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY-Usually none.
PROBABLE OUTCOME-Expect complete healing without complications. Allow about 2 weeks
for recovery from surgery.
† Apply non--prescription antibiotic ointment to the wound before applying
† You may use non--prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, to relieve
- Avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.
- Resume driving 2 days after returning home.
DIET--No special diet.
Call Your Doctor If
† Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increases in the surgical area.
- You develop signs of infection, headache, muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill
feeling and fever.
- New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects.