Saturday, December 13, 2008


My Surgery


On the morning of December 11, 2008 I had out-patient surgery to remove the sebaceous cyst under my belly button at Taizhou Central Hospital. I had an experienced surgeon. When I first lay down on the surgery table he gave me an injection of anesthetic which hurt. When that took effect he used an electronic knife to remove the cyst, using 7 stitches at the end to close the surgical wound. He carefully bandaged me and prescribed 5 days of IV antibiotics to be sure to avoid infection. The clinic doctors can change the dressing every 3 days and he will remove the stitches himself in 10 days. He asked me to rest for several days, and keep an eye on the wound to see if it is weeping or bleeding. He wrote a notice excusing me from work up to two weeks, but also told me that I can go back to work early if I feel I can.

I was helped by my friend Mrs. Lin who is a dentist at the hospital. She accompanied me during the whole course from registration on. She assisted the surgeon... She encouraged me not to be afraid during the surgery. After surgery she accompanied my wife to pay the bill and to get antibiotics medicine. I cannot thank her enough.

Since that day's afternoon I've had pain at the surgery site... That night I was twice awakened by pain. I asked the surgeon if that is normal and he said it is.

Starting yesterday I would visit the hospital for 4 days for IV antibiotics. The transfusion clinic there is very, very busy so I will have to stand in line for it. Yesterday (Dec.12, 2008 Friday) morning my wife went there then she went to office about 8:30 am after putting in my medicine. I went there about 10 am to get my IV antibiotics. I cannot bathe or shower for 10 days... I will change my underclothes every day.

I hope my pain will stop soon. God help me!

Blogger's note: It was rewritten more in Mary's style by Mary B who I cannot thank enough. The following is my style writing which was fixed sentence by sentence by Mary B:


My Surgery

The day before yesterday, (December 11, 2008,) in the morning, I had an out-patient operation to remove the sebaceous cyst under my belly button at Taizhou Central Hospital. The surgeon is experienced. After I entered the operation room and lay down he injected anesthetic... I felt a little pain then. Next he used an electronic knife to cut out my cyst. He sutured my wound, using 6 stitches. At the end he used gauze to cover my wound and a large gauze bandage to cover it and stick to my body. He prescribed IV antibiotics for 5 days. He asked me to rest those days and check the wound to see if it was weeping or bleeding... He asked me to observe whether I develop a fever or not. I can ask a common surgeon to change gauze 3 days later, 6 days later and so on. He will take the stitches out of the wound himself 10 days later. He wrote a notice excusing me from work up to two weeks, but also told me that I can go back to work early if I feel I can.

I got the help of my friend Mrs. Lin, who is a dentist at Taizhou Central Hospital. She accompanied me the throughout the whole course from registration on. She was an assistant of the experienced surgery while I was operated on. She encouraged me not to be afraid during the surgery. After surgery she accompanied my wife to pay money, to get the antibiotics medicine. I cannot thank her enough.

Since that day's afternoon I felt pain where I was operated on. That night I was awakened by pain two times. I asked the surgeon if it is normal and he said it is.

Starting yesterday I would go to the hospital for 4 days for IV antibiotics. The transfusion clinic there is very, very busy so I will have to stand in line for it. Yesterdday morning my wife went to there then she went to office about 8:30 am. I went to there about 10 am and got my shift to have IV antibiotics. I cannot take a bath for 10 days. I cannot take a shower for 10 days. I will change my underclothes every day.

I hope I will not feel any more pain. God help me!

P.S. Last night I felt a little better. Today (Dec. 13, 2008) the experienced surgeon changed my gauze and bandage.At first he bathed the wound with iodine which kills bacteria without using expensive medication. Then he used two bandages with gauze to stick it to my body.He said my wound was healing well.

6 Comments:

At December 15, 2008 at 7:14 PM, Blogger Rodney said...

Yesterday I had the last day of Intravenous antibiotics ( IV antibiotics), and I took the opportunity to ask Ms. Lin to change my gauze and bandage. The wound site was very painful. She told me my wound was very red and prescribed additional antibiotics to be taken by mouth for another 5 days. I thought the redness of my
wound was causing the pain.

I will follow her advice and also ask my surgeon and/or Ms.Lin to look at my wound site, change the gauze and bandage tomorrow.

 
At December 18, 2008 at 3:38 AM, Blogger Rodney said...

Yesterday I went to the Taizhou Central Hospital and saw the surgeon who operated on me last Thursday. He removed my tape and bandage and said my wound was reacting to the tape. I am allergic to the tape! The places where the tape had stuck to my wound are red, itchy, and blistered. So he decided not to put any tape and bandage on my wound. He told me to bathe the area in iodine, which kills bacteria, 3 or 4 times each day and keep water away from the wound. OR Just leave the area alone and keep water away from the wound. He asked me to come back to the hospital next Monday for him to remove the stitches and check my healing.

The cyst I had removed was sent for testing the day of the surgery. Yesterday I got the test results: it is a benign epidermal-like cyst. I am not sure it is good translation or not because I know nothing about medical English. The report on the cyst means that the cyst is just what it looked like and is not some other kind of growth. And it is not cancer. The doctor said I would not have another cyst form where it was before. I am glad of that news.

I feel a little better today than yesterday. Every morning I wake up to find that the pain is a little less and the wound is a little more healed. That is good news, too.

December 18, 2008 7:35 PM

 
At December 19, 2008 at 5:38 AM, Anonymous Kevin from NCSU said...

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At December 19, 2008 at 6:07 AM, Anonymous Kevin from NCSU said...

Hi Rodney,

I'm so glad your surgery went well.

I've 3 major surgeries and 2 minor ones in my 38 years on this little blue marble. I've always had VERY good care, but have heard stories otherwise from friends and family. I'm glad to hear that your surgery was a relatively minor one and that you had such good care and success!

MANY good wishes for health from North Carolina, USA!

 
At December 22, 2008 at 6:47 AM, Blogger Rodney said...

Today I went back to Taizhou Central hospital where my surgeon removed the stitches from my wound. It hurt a bit and the doctor said I could continue to bathe the area in iodine daily (idodine kills bacteria) or just leave it alone and let it heal, being sure to keep water away from it.

The wound is still red, reacting to the stitches not the surgery. The surgeon assured me that would fade with time. My skin, which is allergic to the tape used for my dressings, is still red and itchy as it heals, but that, too, will fade. I asked how soon I'll be able to bathe or shower. With the wound uncovered I should wait until the wound closes or 3 weeks after the operation, whichever comes first. He also gave me some 3M transparent bandages to cover the wound if I want a bath or shower now. They will keep water off my wound.

I feel much better since the removal. I've decided I can follow the surgeon's orders and let the wound heal well.

December 22, 2008 10:47 PM

 
At January 23, 2009 at 6:03 AM, Anonymous Mary F. Byrkit said...

I am looking forward to your latest surgery update. And I would like to hear what you have been doing and your plans for the New Year of the Ox.

 

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