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So LOTSA years ago.yeah, i think i mentioned that.
Well, this one...they have to go into my lung and biopsy a nodule/cyst.yeah, had one, but years ago. in a nut shell...i sat on the edge of my hospital bed, doc numbed the area with a local, they jabbed a tiny nipper in through the back and chewed off a piece of lung. don't know if it's different now. what recovery? i was laying back watching tv 10 minutes later. a biopsy is not surgery unless as i said things have changed. there may be different types of biopsy. and if you're wondering, it was painless...until the nipper lopped off a piece of lung. ouch!! really no biggie. they were looking for cancer in my case and i ended up having an exploratory surgery later.
Just asked my wife what she remembered about hers (2017)..... She said it wasn't that big of a deal.....Local anesthesia, no GA. Losing 2/3 of her left lung two weeks later was painful. 2 years later, she remains cancer-free, runs, lifts weights like a dude, and at 52, has a physique pretty close to Halle Berry's.... I shit you not.
Statistically, most lung nodules are not malignant, but if yours is, early diagnosis can tremendously change outcomes.... So get that biopsy.
I really, really wish you the best, but if you get bad news and want to talk about what comes next, please feel free to PM me.
i'm gonna guess since they are looking for a specific location your biopsy may be more involved. like maybe using some xray for guidence? i dunno really how they would do that.Well, this one...they have to go into my lung and biopsy a nodule/cyst.
That would be my preferred method to be honest. I don't relish the idea of them puncturing my lung to get the sample. I've had to postpone the biopsy as I'm going to India for work next month and then to San Diego in January (also for work).i'm gonna guess since they are looking for a specific location your biopsy may be more involved. like maybe using some xray for guidence? i dunno really how they would do that.
mr. blindfire, i have nodules showing on my lung also they are watching. while i've had no invasive procedure to date. i do a cat scan once a year and an x-ray series every 6 months. the way it was explained to me was the pulmonary doc is watching/looking to see if there are any changes and movement of location of the nodules. to date nothing and i'm 3 1/2 years in. my next visit and i may be done with the xrays and yearly ct.
wishing you the best, i'm sure you'll be good to go soon. my doc said nodules are fairly common but it's better to err on the side of caution.
Critter, we're about the same age, and ditto emergency appendectomy, but, in 1994 at age 22-1/2. I don't remember Shiite about any mention of "scanning the scans", but I had assloads of tests and (maybe?) scans for 3 days, and they (hospital staff) kept telling me nothing showed up (and that they thought I had a stomach bug). It was 2-3 days of this! Finally as I lay there dying, the surgeon comes in, sees me near death, crams his hand up my rear entrance and said, "Yup, it's your appendix and it's coming out NOW"......So LOTSA years ago.
I had an emergency appendectomy in 2002. That's "ancient history" by the standards of a lot of the kids here. I was 32. (It was "scan the scan" - the exact words of the surgeon - then, and that meant CT with contrast.)