The fifth episode of Dr. Sandra Lee’s TLC series, “Dr. Pimple Popper,” aired on Wednesday night.
It featured a patient named Nick who removed his own fatty tumor at home, without any anesthesia.
When Lee learns of the DIY procedure, she’s noticeably disturbed.
She explains that, aside from causing intense pain, performing this type of surgery at home could lead to dangerous bleeding.
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Dr. Sandra Lee — dermatologist and star of TLC’s new series “Dr. Pimple Popper” — is famous for her lighthearted bedside manner.
But in the latest episode of the series, which aired Wednesday night, one patient encounter sapped Lee’s cheerfulness in an instant. That patient, identified only as Nick, admitted that he’d removed one of his own fatty tumors at home — without anesthesia — leaving a deep, indented scar.
This confession leaves Lee visibly distressed. But by the end of the episode, she transforms it into a teaching moment. Her message to viewers is crystal clear: Surgery is not a DIY project.
Here’s a closer look at the episode.
Nick has seven lipomas and removed one by himself
During the episode, Nick, a 27-year-old resident of Seattle, explains that he’s been living with seven lipomas — usually-benign fatty tumors that grow just under the skin. His lipomas are fairly small (from grape-sized to egg-sized, he says) but the ones on his back cause discomfort when he sits for long periods of time.
Nick also explains that he’s a DIY enthusiast. This enthusiasm is so great, in fact, that Nick actually dug a lipoma from his leg with no anesthesia, then posted the video of the home surgery YouTube.
“As a do-it-yourselfer, I started going online and looking into how I could treat myself at home,” Nick says. “I concluded that …read more
Source:: Business Insider