I have had a sebaceous cyst on my back for years. Until recently, it never gave me any trouble, and then once, when I leaned back in a hard, straight-backed chair, it stung like crazy. I discovered it was swollen and hot, and I knew it must be infected. I saw a dermatologist, and she wanted to remove it, but it was too soon after my heart surgery. I couldn't bear the thought of having an open incision on both my chest and my back simultaneously.
She shot something into it that made it shrink and put me on antibiotics. I hoped that would sure the problem, but it only delayed it. Soon, it started swelling again. She again shot something into it, and it shrank for a while, but it started swelling up again in a week - so I knew it was time to schedule the excision.
Today was the day. It was virtually painless, except for the three shots of novocaine or something similar. The whole thing took about 30 minutes, and I was given instruction on how to care for the incision. I can't reach it, so my husband will have to do it for me. I sincerely hope this is the last surgery I have to have - ever.