I've a question for those of you who have used silver nitrate sticks to burn off granulation tissue build-up. Do you do it yourself? My last visit to my surgeon, I asked him if he could give me the sticks and I could apply it myself at home (my surgeon is 30 miles from where I live; I simply can't get there 5 days in a row for the surgeon to apply it). He told me that he couldn't do that because it's a federally controlled substance first and foremost, and has to be applied by a doctor or nurse. However, I was able to easily order the sticks through my local pharmacy. A prescription is not required; it just had to be ordered since my pharmacist doesn't stock it routinely. I'm puzzled why my surgeon told me it's federally controlled, since that obviously isn't the case. So my question is, have any of you applied this yourself? Is it easy to do? My surgeon did it once (which wasn't enough to do any real good because it was only one treatment), so I think I could do it myself. If not, I have a nurse cousin who is willing to apply it for me.