Excision of Cysts/Lipomas

What is a lipoma?

Lipomas are uncomfortable, fatty tissue growths. These growths develop directly under the skin and are one of the most common growths seen on the body. Although benign lipomas do not pose any life threatening concern, these growths are painful and uncomfortable. They can grow into the deeper muscle, push on nerves and interfere in daily or physical activities. This is the medical justification for removal, and the tissue is sent to pathology to confirm it is not cancerous. If you are considering lipoma removal, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.

How are Lipomas Removed?

Lipoma removal is a specific surgery used to excise fatty tumors through an incision. Lipomas can potentially form anywhere on the body, such as the thighs, back of the neck, at the lower spine, and the arms. Multiple lipomas are not uncommon; people typically develop one to three lipomas at once. Lipoma removal can enhance your cosmetic appearance and quality of life, especially for those whose lipomas have become uncomfortable, extremely large, or have restricted patients from physical activities. Once the lipoma reaches a certain size, or multiple lipomas have grown, movement may become restricted in the affected area, preventing you from enjoying or participating in physical activities which utilize a broad range of movement.

Is Lipoma Removal Right for Me?

The best candidates for this procedure are patients who need relief from the discomfort and constricted movement caused by their lipomas. Once these growths develop, they are permanent unless removed surgically, and in many cases, lipomas will continue to grow larger. Although lipomas are not dangerous to your overall health, people typically have them removed to relieve their pain, discomfort and the disfigurement they cause.

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