For about a year Tom has had this small rash type thing on the left side of his neck. Since he also has small patches of psoriasis we thought that's what it was as it seemed to respond to the lotion he uses. It flared once and developed a open type sore and after the sore went away there was a small knot under the skin. It recently flared again so we went to his dermatologist and to make this story short he had surgery Monday May 28th at 4PM to remove a basal cell carcinoma.
It was done as an in office surgical procedure with local anesthetic.
The dermatologist assures us that all will be fine, it is very slow growing type of cancer, it doesn't metastasize and the removal will be a success.
Tom checked it all out on the internet to understand things and he's pleased that he doesn't have to watch! But he will be awake. In fact, I was in the office, and the music was on and the dermatologist sang while performing the surgery! Tom says she has a very nice voice.
The dermatologist wants Tom to be still and quiet for ten days. I have assured her that that will likely not happen! ;-)
So the surgery was yesterday, all went well, Tom has a huge patch on his neck and is not supposed to move his neck and not supposed to go outside.
Oh give me strength!
So for those of you curious about medical procedures (all prices are in pesos)
Dermatologist visit = 600
pre surgical bloodwork = 560
surgical, in office procedure = 5000
biopsy = 2000
pain med and antibiotic = 225
In home nursing care = price unmeasureable
follow up visits = don't know yet