Last month had a shave biopsy done of a very small mole (about 1 mm) on my arm during a routine visit to the dermatologist. The Dr. originally did not spot it but asked me if I had any moles change color/shape recently. I told him I thought the one on my arm did (but I wasn't sure). He did a shave biopsy on it, and a couple of days later I got a call from a nurse saying it was severely atypical and I needed to come back in 2 weeks for a wide local excision to take the whole lesion out. The path report concluded a differential diagnosis for an early melanoma in situ.
So I was worried sick for 2 weeks and had the wide local excision done, taking a good inch of skin out. But the 2nd path report said they could not find any neoplasm, melanocytic or otherwise, on the skin.
I am feeling like I was taken for. Not only do I have a very visible (and probably permanent scar), but they hit me for a bill for almost $500 after collecting over $1200 from my insurance company. They never explained any of the costs to me, only charging me for regular office visits each time, which made me assume it was covered until they hit me with the bill (to be paid immediately).
I am considering whether I should get my tissue samples from them and get a second opinion. Would this be advisable or would I just be throwing more money away? Thanks for your advice.