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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Nobody wants the invasion of a scalpel, even when the cut can improve things.

But after a recent diagnosis, I changed my mind.
 
My second opinion two months ago was very different than the one I got more than 10 years ago and that mis-diagnosis back then gave a potentially dangerous mass of mostly fatty tissue, a head start to possibly rob me of the use of my left hand, and worse, become a host for cancer.

This is a warning about why you should look into any growth on your body that didn't come with the original model.

What does Lipoma look like

Images of Ganglion Cysts

"It was wrong location and history was wrong."
   
It only took internationally recognized University of Tennessee surgeon Dr. Robert Wallace, about 10 seconds to voice a contrary second opinion to a 10-year-old diagnosis. What I had growing in my left arm was no non-threatening ganglion cyst.

"They come from joints in the wrist and they don't usually go up the wrist, don't go forward, and aren't that size," Dr. Wallace said.

The growth that appeared to be relatively smooth at rest, looked  fat, and ominous  when I made a fist. A lipoma. It had to be surgically taken out.

"The problem with Lipoma is there are some, though rare that can have malignant potential called lypo sarcoma," Dr. Wallace said.

Cancer is rare in these growths. This is one on a healthy woman that stays the same size year after year.

"One of the differences with yours compared to that lady, hers may be stable, yours was growing," Dr. Wallace said. "Kept growing, kept growing."

Dr. Wallace, was a primary surgeon that successfully separated the Memphis conjoined twins several years ago. It made international headlines.

To him, my case, though rare was a walk in the park. Dr. Wallace would have to make a 10-centimeters or 4-inch long cut slanted toward my body, deep enough to get to the bottom of the 7-centimeter long growth, without severing the median or minor nerves that control my left hand.

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