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   Posted 8/24/2011 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
     I posted over in the UC forum but was just wondering if anyone here has this problem....I am over a year post op and for the most part am doing extremely well, but, I have (what the surgeon referred to as) skin tags protruding from the anus.  Last year he said they were nothing to be of concern.  However, for about a month now, they have been annoying me.  I tried putting the Calmoseptine on the area but that doesn't seem to help.  My surgeon's assistant called me last week to ask if he could give my phone number to a patient who is anticipating the same surgery as I, so I could sort of give her moral support since I had a great outlook on my surgery.  While on the phone I ran this problem by him.  He said if it continued to be a nuisance I should come in.
     My question is.....does this mean more surgery?  I don't believe it has anything to do with my anus not being sewn closed, as these skin tags, which I thought were hemmies, are all on the outside.

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   Posted 8/24/2011 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I could be wrong but I don't think skin tag removal is considered surgery, but more like an outpatient procedure. I think all you would need is a local anesthetic and a sharp knife. Best to confirm with someone who has had the procedure done.
Nevertheless, if it's irritating; it should go.


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   Posted 8/24/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i think so too, i think it's only a simple procedure. good luck!
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   Posted 8/25/2011 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
ive never had skin tags removed from that area, but ive had some removed other places. all they do is put some numbing stuff on your skin, then sometimes they give you a shot of numbing stuff, i think its lidocaine, but i dont know, and then they just cut, or scrape them off. i would suspect its the same for that area.
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   Posted 8/28/2011 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
     Calling my surgeon tomorrow.  The area is itching now and really discomforting.  Hard to believe skin tags would cause this.  Worried now that the anus was NOT sewn closed.  I would think if it were anything serious it would have shown up at my last appointment about seven months ago.  The discomfort really started to bother me about a month ago.  Always somethin. mad

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   Posted 8/29/2011 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Christine. can they just numb up the tags and dissolve them with silver nitrate? Just a thought. Rosemary

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   Posted 8/31/2011 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
     Haven't phoned my surgeon yet.....I am such a procrastinator.  They don't look like skin tags.  Looks more like hemmies to me.  Trying all sorts of stuff....Walgreen's hemorrhoid ointment, Calmoseptine, still discomfort.  Not unbearable, just uncomfortable.  Any suggestions?  I don't think I should use suppositories rolleyes .

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   Posted 8/31/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine so sorry you are dealing with this. I know the total removal of the rectum and sewing it up has been discussed with pros and cons and different Dr's do things differently. My husband suffered with internal and external hemmies too...... so needless to say as a by product of removing everything and sewing it closed also took care of that very uncomfortable situation.

I do hope something can be done to eliminate this discomfort for you and get rid of it once and for all so you don't even have to think about it or deal with it.
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