• At the relay premiere of TLCs Pimple Popper we met Gerald, a cross guard with a big bump on his left middle finger.
• In the second episode, Lee Gerald joins a hand surgeon, dr. James Lilley, who can perform his surgery.
• Lilley successfully removes the tumor from Gerald's finger.
The season premiere of the new season of Pimple Popper We met a nice guy named Gerald with a golfball sized stature on his left middle finger. At the end of the episode, Lee did not seem to be able to help him – but we certainly learned in episode 2 that Gerald's story has a happy ending.
In a nutshell, Gerald is a 33-year-old cross guard and a new dad from Chicago. The bump ̵
"I think if she can not help, I'll probably die on my finger with this thing," he said in the episode last week.
Lee told Gerald that she could not perform the operation because it was not just a skin problem – but she wanted to find a way to help him. And in the second episode, Lee reveals that she's mailing Gerald's CT scans to Dr. James Lilley, a hand surgeon, has sent. Lilley agrees to conduct Gerald's operation.
Lee admits that she will be watching the operation: a) because she likes to see other doctors at work and b) because she is "excited to see what comes out of Gerald's finger". We love you, dr. Lee.
In no time, Lilley cuts into Gerald's tumor. "It's kind of a one-in-a-year, that's very unusual," he says. There is good news at the beginning of the procedure. The tumor, as Lee says, seems to be a "self-contained ball," which means Lilley can remove it and minimize the risk of it coming back.
During the surgery, Lilley takes care not to sever Gerald's nerves to produce any numbness in his finger. "They fear accidents, it can be like a minefield," says Lilley.
Lilley finally releases the tumor from Gerald's finger. It's gone! All you have to do is close the hole in the skin – and if you're Lee, play around with the severed mass.
"I feel like I've started a new adventure," says Gerald when the surgery is over.
"I see the beginning of a new life."
Five weeks after the operation, Lee explains that the growth was a chondroid syringoma. Take a look at these clips from Gerald's operation. Warning: you are pretty graphic!