Quick question..who has had a skin tag removed?

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frogeleita
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   Posted 9/12/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My surgeon says he can remove it no problem...i think i may have to call him because i notice it seems to be getting infected under it where a fissure lays...i am just wondering...who has had it removed and was it painful..or was it easy...

 


ivy6
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   Posted 9/12/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
My understanding is that this is not recommended for people with Crohn's. We don't heal well after that sort of surgery.

I have one and would love it to be gone, but there is NO way my docs would allow that to happen. I think it would be good for you to speak with your GI as well as your surgeon. Surgeons can get a bit gung-ho about surgery - 'cos that's what they do - whereas physicians can be a little more cautious about cutting their patients.
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inflamed
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   Posted 9/12/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one that my Ob/gyn snipped off after my daughter was born. He asked, and I said go for it. I had an epidural anyway. No problems from it at all.

Edited -- obviously in a slightly different area. Still think the healing would be similar. Mine was not infected.

bachi
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   Posted 9/12/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Had one removed at the dermatologist's office. She numbed the area with a needle and then just took it off. It wasn't a problem at all. :)

Diagnosed with Crohn's disease 11 years ago, also suffer from fistulas due to Crohn's.
 
Been on Prednisone, Asocol, Pentasa, 6MP, Entocort, Cipro, Lialda, Remicade, Cimzia.
 
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frogeleita
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   Posted 9/12/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
They are so gung ho about surgery aren't they? I am really racking up points here as far as surgery goes...this would be my 4th surgery for Crohn's if decide to do it..part of me thinks..just do it and get it over with...i had three other surgerys prior...i just want this thing gone..this is where i am having pain and it bleeds..and it has a small part collecting pus underneath...its not major..but if i wait..well it might decide to grow.....i am thinking i will just call on Monday...my GI i like him...but the problem with him is i think he doesn't believe i have Crohn's...even though i have been diagnosed with it...just because my issues are not the same as others he must be dealing with...and the ladies in the office are as rude as they come..i would switch..but i am too close to Remicade to to do that...

 


ivy6
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   Posted 9/12/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Aah. If he doesn't think you have Crohn's, then that makes removing the skin tag an entirely different, and less complicated, proposition (in his mind, anyway).

I really do suggest discussing it with your gastro doctor. If both doctor and surgeon are ok with it, then that might make you feel happier about having the procedure done. Me, I wouldn't feel too happy if only *one* doctor was for it, and the other was against it.

Ivy.
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ivy6
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   Posted 9/12/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
ps Frogleita, I've been meaning to ask you: would you like us to delete the "I ripped out my seton" thread for you? I completely understand your concerns about not wanting to have peoples' replies to be seen by someone else and end up causing trouble for you in the future. Please do let me know - even if it's in a new thread.
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frogeleita
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   Posted 9/12/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy..thanks..please do delete it..i would appreciate it very much..thanks

 


ivy6
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   Posted 9/12/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It's done :-)

We are still here, though, if you ever want more support.
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Not2Spunky
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   Posted 9/12/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery for skin tags by a surgeon and it made no difference at all, they were still there. I think it made them worse actually but that is just my opinion. I wouldn't do it again.
 RIP my beloved Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
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pb4
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   Posted 9/12/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have issues with my perianal crohn's skin tags, I was tole they were hemmies (the skin tags is how my CD started, not in the TI like most) anyways, they banded the tags while the tags were in a flare, BAD IDEA TO DO ANYTHING WITH TAGS DURING FLARE (when the tags are enlarged and hard is when they are considered to be in a flare...apparently getting them snipped off when not flaring is fine but does not guarantee that new ones won't re-appear cuz they most often do.

Gettng anything done (especially cut off) while flaring often leads to infection and a continuous wound (won't heal) so it's not worth the risk...Mine were banded while flaring (large and hard) so have remained that way ever since (before the banding they used to just come and shrink back down on their own, which is why no one had any clue that CD was basically "developing" for me.
 
Check out this link, the first set of pics are of actually hemmies, the pics below that are of actual perianal crohn's skin tags (aka; elephant ears)
 


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


spookyh
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   Posted 9/12/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
What you have may be a sentinel pile ( see http://www.hemorrhoid.net/fissure.php ). I would think it could come back if the fissure is still there.

I have a big lumpy skin tag. My GI said to talk to a surgeon about it, so I'm hopeful that I may be able to have it removed. I hear that a lot of surgeons don't want to touch them though.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


FallColors
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   Posted 9/13/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Frogeleita,

My surgeon -- who is now your surgeon! -- removed a couple small tags on two occassions. It was successful and I had no problems afterwards. It was a just a little uncomfortable for 3 - 4 days but that is to be expected and a 1/4 dose of percoset took care of it easily.

I am thinking the decision to remove tags depends on a few things -- size, location, inflammation, and others. I found Dr. O to be pretty conservative about treating Crohn's surgically so I trusted his judgement. For example, he said he would never drain an abscess in a CD patient in his office. He would always take you into the OR because there are complications and underlying disease factors in those with CD and he wants to check it all out when you are under anesthesia and treat you right. Thank God because when I got my first abscess I went to the ER and they tried to drain it -- that was very painful!!! Dr. O told me you can't treat CD people the same as non-CD people - we heal differently, have inflammatory problems that others don't have, and have a disease that effects tissue structures. He said surgery really is the last option for CD people. This just proves to me why it is sooooo important to get an experienced surgeon!

If I were you, I would schedule the procedure ASAP. I am concerned that things could be "brewing" and the faster you get it dealt with the better! For me, it was wonderful to finally know exactly what was going on in there and get it turned around! All you really have now is what your old surgeon told you, and it sounds to me like he didn't have the experience to be working on you. It may be that you wake up to find that all Dr. O had to do was clean things up a little -- so it will be minor to you but then you can start to heal properly. I totally understand not wanting to have yet another procedure!! But I guess after what I went through, I now firmly set my mind on positive thoughts that it is better to get it taken care of ASAP and get on the road to recovery!

Take care.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Zanne
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   Posted 9/13/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Before I was diagnosed, I had what multiple doctors told me were hemmies. I had had a daughter about 10 months before so it was a reasonable theory. Eventually I found my way to a very well respected proctologist with offices in New York and Boston. He was famous for laser surgery. I had laser surgery for my "hemmies" and had instant relief. I did however still have fistulas and fissures, and that was how I was diagnosed. I have never heard of anyone else mentioning laser surgery.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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bektold
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   Posted 9/13/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mine removed during hemmie surgery (before I knew I had Crohn's), and they were back before the end of the week.  If you really want to do this, and your doctors approve, you can try it, but be prepared for it to not make much difference.

ISF13+
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   Posted 9/13/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had several skin tags removed, some being frozen off and others being cut off.  I've never had any problems with any of them.  As far as I know, none have been infected at the time of removal but several have been irritated.
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone, Flagyl, Vancomycin & Entocort
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frogeleita
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   Posted 9/14/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Fallcolors...you always give me hope! I am so thankful..that you told me about Dr. O...i am sure he is going to straighten me right up! I have already called his office...to set up an app for surgery..they said this is a two part process...so they are calling me back to schedule..but right now he is booked until Oct. busy man! We'll see what they say...its best for me to brave and move forward...everything the last surgeon did...just messed me up...i am sure that a seton...should not cause more inflammation..nor should it cause extremely painful spasms..of the spincter...or fissure...after fissure after fissure...or a scar that most likely goes all the way inside..yup i can still see it from the outside...or skin tags...they were never there before..now i am sure it was a good idea for him to shorten my fistula...everything he did..he never told me he was going to do...and it was all a big suprise at the end of surgery...i can't wait to figure out what is wrong..because i started bleeding again..and found another fissure that seems to be healing...so i am not so sure its infected but it seems its causing some type of infection underneath..which could be the hair follicles...either way...i don't plan on keeping it! Not too mention what a pain to clean...its crazy..my routine just to clean myself..is quite lengthy lol!  Fallcolors you must be right...the last surgeon was in over his head i believe

 


FallColors
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   Posted 9/14/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad you scheduled it!!!! Yea!!!! Actually I think the fact that he is willing to let you wait until Oct. is a very good sign! If he thought you we urgent he would have made sure you got scheduled immediately. I know this to be true because he did it for me -- twice. With my second abscess, I saw him on a Tuesday and was in the OR on Thursday. He got me in the next day with the third abcess. So I think it sounds good! Now if you start to get worse, call him immediately!!

I suggest you spend the next 2 weeks preparing for when you come home eafter the procedure. It will help focus your mind on the getting-well part. For example: Make many extra meals and freeze them. Get a list together and send someone shopping. Make sure your med prescriptions are filled and the laundry it done. Line up people to help with the kids. Go to the library and check out pretty magazines, and happy comedy books and movies (nothing scary or gorey). The you will feel more in control and ready to take on this stupid @#$!*%! abscess and get rid of it! Yea!!!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


frogeleita
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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
yup..i did schedule..i just am going to try to be brave...and i am going to write down my questions and make sure i ask him everything..still to me..the mushroom drain sounds way better than a seton..i couldn't even feel the seton...in the incision...except for when i got the rash...it was only the anus..part that was horrible...i recall having some type of mushroom drain with my first abscess and it only hurt coming out..but it was only in overnight...to help my largest abscess drain...it is a good thing its in October..hopefully by then i will have Remicade and i will heal up some fissures...and that will make me more comfortable for the surgery...its good to hear that less is more with Dr. O...i like the fact that he only cut you 1/4.....for your last abscess....it just confirms that this last surgeon..didn't really know what he was doing..cause i only had a small abscess..and he cut me like five inches..and that wasn't necessary at all...part of that incision isn't even healing..and i don't think it will! I just want to clarify...one thing...its not that i couldn't...handle the seton..i was allergic to the rubber...and i truly believe something was wrong with the second one...i haven't read any other posts on here where someone had that much pain in the anal area with a seton...

 

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