Brutal Magnet Removal
So for a little bit of background, last August/September I implanted 3 FDA2T-coated magnets in my right middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, the last of which I posted a video of. However, recently the one in my middle finger lost sensation, and formed a small bump that appeared to have something grey-ish green under it. Although it was not causing discomfort, I decided to remove it. Based on a recent post, I speculated that the bump was likely scar tissue, and was therefore aware that I might have a difficult time. Unfortunately, due to life things (ie, this will be the last time within the next several months that I can have an injured hand), I did not have time to procure proper supplies (ie, a scalpel), and therefore resorted to sharpening and sterilizing an x-acto blade. I put some isopropyl in the freezer, wiped everything down with clorhex, and eventually proceeded. I tourniquetted the finger in question with a hairband and stuck it in the cold rubbing alcohol as I had done when inserting the magnet. However, I may have overdone it this time due to nerves. Once my finger was numb, I sliced into the lump, finding a mess of grey stuff and no clear indication of the magnet's whereabouts. I subsequently had to expand the incision several times and dug around for quite some time (10-ish minutes), alternating between the xacto knife and tweezers. The magnetic spheres I was attempting to use to pull out the magnet proved useless, and all I'd gotten out were some odd bits of grey stuff. By this time, I was somewhat concerned about how long my finger had been without blood, and was shaking from adrenaline and nervousness. Eventually, however, the (extremely corroded) magnet popped out. Although all the corroded material had not been removed by any means, I decided to cut my losses and wrap things up (although I took a few photos, which will follow). I bandaged the finger, cut off the tourniquet, and set about typing this. However, even after checking to ensure the bandage is not too tight, the last third of my finger is slightly tingly and the wound has yet to become painful. I suspect that frostbite or damage from extended lack of blood flow is possible, however, since the rest of the finger seems to be fine, I don't think it's anything too severe. This has been quite an adventure, and I hope I may be of some use as the example in what not to do.