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What great news: so pleased to hear that everything is well!
Hi Sue ,great news!! was so delighted to see your news .
Paul & Bell x
hi i have a tongue biopsy in february, can anyone tell me if the needle hurts? and where they put it? and do they use numbing gell first? and are you in pain afterwards ????
I am in a reasonable position to answer your questions since I have recent experience to draw on.
Just over two weeks ago I noticed that a lump under my tongue, which the oncology team have seen several times, seemed to be a little darker in colour so I kept an eye on it. It certainly did not get lighter in colour so I asked for a priority appointment at the oral and facial unit which I have been attending for eight years.I was seen by the senior consultant the following day and he decided that the lump should be removed, in effect an overgrown biopsy. If I prefered a general anaesthetic there would be a delay of two weeks or so but if I accepted a local the delay would be ten minutes, I chose the latter option so he did the job there and then.
Now to your questions; the local was injected in four places around the lump and yes it hurt a little but not as much as I expected. Numbing gel was not used, it may be routine in OZ but in the UK NHS it seems to be only used where children are involved. The anaesthetic wore off after four or five hours and it was uncomfortable because the stitches tended to drag. I had my usual glass of red wine (which had quite a bite)and slice of pork pie that evening but I have to admit that it was less enjoyable than usual. I was eating more or less normally by breakfast on day three.
I described the procedure as an "overgrown biopsy" and as such required five stitches, for a normal biopsy I think no more than two would be sufficient. I get the result next wednesday and I will ask them to remove the stitches at that time, despite what the medicos say they don't dissolve in a couple of weeks; four to five weeks is nearer the norm.
No one likes having needles stuck into them and in this I am no exception even after fifteen procedures associated with mouth cancer. The thought is usually worse than the reality so cheer up it's not too bad.
Let us know how you get on.
Dear Mr Spencer,
You let us know how you get on too
I think John Spencer gave you a totally honest response and is as good as it gets. None of it is fun but it's doable and you'll probably find the experience far easier than you think.
Julia - I think we both have a crush on JS and I'll fight you to the finish.
Take care, my friends.
Good Evening Ladies,
HD I will certainly let you know the outcome of next Wednesday's meeting,it is kind of you to take an interest. Just one thing though; the only people to call me Mr. Spencer are policemen when they have some strange notion about me driving too fast on the motorway. The rest of the world know me as John. The policemen are, of course, mistaken about my speed.
Mimi, I do hope that Julia and yourself can come to some amicable arrangement without resorting to fighting. Until I can summon up the energy to swim the Atlantic you will have to make do with George Clooney.
Well, Mr. Spencer, Julia and I will have to toss the dice to see who claims you when you dog paddle to our eastern shore. One of us will win you and the other will have to put up with this Clooney guy.
I hope the link works! He just adopted this doggie from a shelter. What is it that you lot sometimes call dogs? Something like googies or gongys?
Best of luck to you on Wednesday. Let us know how it goes.
Well Mimi n Julia...I think I'm on for the race for Mr. Spencer. So, u girls better watch out because both of u might have to fist fight for whats his name? Clooney?
Praying for you, John. Hang in there!!
In the spirit of the holiday, Mimi and Sharifah, I will do the gentlewomanly thing and step aside. Besides, I'm waiting for Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe from "Grimm").
I hope Wednesday brings you an early Christmas present, John: good news.
Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
Hey,you don't need to be worry about the biopsy. It is just a formal test. As you said there is white patches you have seen and it seems like a tumor. Hope you will be fine and recover soon. i am waiting for your next update about biopsy reports. Best Luck.
It is comforting to know that we can now call upon the high level medical knowledge of a kitchen cabinet salesman, no longer will the meaning and significance of such terms as leucoplacia be a mystery to us.
Best luck with your biopsy report. Please let us know the results as soon as you get them,
I had little doubt of the
Howdilly doodilly, survivorinos!
Good luck with the biopsy report. I've got my fingers crossed.
16 years and still kicking it. Never give up your fight.