Last month I had a cyst removed from my left ring finger. The diagnosis was benign, but due to some unusual aspects, the removal of additional tissue was recommended as a precaution. Locally, the non-expert physicians recommended removing my finger. I said "no way, no how" and got a second opinion from two physicians at the Medical College of Virginia hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Tomorrow I will be traveling back to Richmond for this follow up surgery that will remove more tissue and repair my finger without losing it. I am relieved to know that what I had was not malignant, but I'm less than thrilled at the prospect of more surgery. The husband and I will drive up early tomorrow for the outpatient procedure. Depending on when we get back and how doped up I am on pain meds, I will hopefully post tomorrow afternoon or evening. I will keep readers updated.