A lipoma removal is a general surgical procedure, which as the name suggests involves removing a lipoma from your body.
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A lipoma is an overgrowth of fat cells in your body. It usually appears as a soft bump, and mostly does not have any associated symptoms or risks. In the majority of cases, lipomas are not removed since they are benign i.e non-cancerous. They can occur anywhere on and inside your body but are most commonly found on the neck, thighs, shoulders. Lipomas are usually quite small between 2-3 cm, but in rare cases can grow up to 10 cm in size.
If the lipoma starts being painful, or exerts pressure on an organ causing associated symptoms is when it should be removed.
Listed below are the steps of a lipoma removal surgery:
You will receive local anaesthesia on your the site of the lipoma.
2. Your surgeon will make an incision, the length of which will be determined by the size of your lipoma. Then the lipoma will be removed from under the skin.
3. Your surgeon will then proceed to close the incision with stitches.
Lipoma removal is a fairly routine and minor surgery, and is performed as an outpatient procedure. The recovery time associated is not very long, and the success rate is close to a 100%. Following the instructions of your surgeon will ensure the best possible recovery and results.