I just had a mole with mild atypia removed from my back. I have five deep stitches and ten external ones. The post-care instructions state that I can't exercise vigorously for two weeks.
I am on a really good exercise kick right now and don't want to lose momentum. How bad would it be to go running before two weeks? The doctor said the risk is infection from the sweat seeping in through the wound. The doctor has put me on an antibiotic.
Would taking one week off from running instead of two really be so bad? Are there other risks besides infection from sweat?
Hi mole_runner and welcome to ehealth: Everything that the doctor said is pertinent to your recovery....You do not want to tear the stitches....It is much better to lose momentum then to have to be restitched and start from the beginning...Being the Mother of a son who had a large mole area on his back removed because of a melonoma at 22 years old and during the height of baseball season, I hear your words....My answer on this would be "Don't mess around with it"...Do what he said...Take care...
My son just had a LARGE area of melanoma removed from his back. He just told me today that he had at least 13 staples removed and still has regular stitches left as well. His surgery was July 13th 2012. He does not want to tell me any details, as he does not want me to worry. Not knowing makes me worry more! It was stage 2 about 4 months ago and he just got it taken care of. He also told me that they just sent it to San Francisco for a biopsy. I know better than that. They have to have sent it out the day of his surgery and he must have the results back by now.
My question is: How big of a spot would it have been to have so many stitches? I feel that it must be a stage 3 or 4 by now, but he won't tell me.
Hey Mole Runner:
Just joined group as just had lesion removed last Mon - will be ok after path report. Doc thinks was superficial but he did take about 2" in diameter from back of my knee. You'll understand my condern about the location (behind knee) which means no running for a while. I go back Aug 7 for "repair" which means no running for a few MONTHS! I did get some clearance for upper body workout though so I won't be too out of shape; but for a runner a few months is a long time. I hope you are back running by now. I hope to join you.....sometime. I'm just glad the lesion was found and excised.