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What is the definition or description of: lipoma removal?

What is the definition or description of: lipoma removal?

Lipoma Removal: Lipomas are benign tumor that consist primarily of fatty tissue with varying amounts of fibrous connective tissue. They can be solitary or multiple, and may run in families. Small lipomas of the skin are removed as an office procedure under local. Larger lipomas or lipomas located deep may require anesthesia and a more formal surgical setting. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Lipoma Removal (Definition)

Lipomas are benign tumor that consist primarily of fatty tissue with varying amounts of fibrous connective tissue. They can be solitary or multiple, and may run in families. Small lipomas of the skin are removed as an office procedure under local. Larger lipomas or lipomas located deep may require anesthesia and a ...Read more


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Can I ask to be sedated during lipoma removal?

Can I ask to be sedated during lipoma removal?

Yes you may: But it depends on the size and location of the lipoma whether sedation is really a good idea. A small lipoma can easily removed under local anesthesia (numbing medicine that is injected). With larger lipomas, local anesthesia alone may not be enough. I've been involved with cases where full general anesthesia was needed. Talk to your surgeon and see what he/she recommends. ...Read more

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What can I use to treat lipoma removal pain after surgery?

What can I use to treat lipoma removal pain after surgery?

Oral pain: Medications such as norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) vicodin, or tylenol #3, can be prescribed. For milder pain, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Ask your surgeon to make sure these are ok to take. ...Read more

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What're the dangers associated with a lipoma removal surgery?

What're the dangers associated with a lipoma removal surgery?

Same as w/any surger: Common issues are infection, bleeding & scarring. Less common would be nerve damage leading to (permanent) numbness in the surrounding area. Of course, it also depends upon surrounding area, underlying blood vessels & nerves as well as experience of physician. Big picture perspective: most lipoma excisions are pretty low risk, at least compared to brain, heart & abdominal surgery. ...Read more

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What's the best option for minimum scarring multiple lipoma removal?

What's the best option for minimum scarring multiple lipoma removal?

Multiple lipomas: These are sometimes difficult to treat and minimize scars if there are multiple. Lipomas tend to be benign so luckily a large incision is often not required. Your best best is to be evaluated by a plastic or general surgeon with experience in removing multiple lipomas then follow a strict scar regimen after surgery to optimize the results! ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the after effects of lipoma removal?

Need expert help here. What are the after effects of lipoma removal?

Depends on size: And location, but usually nothing more than scar and possibly a depression where the mass used to be, if it is superficial in the subcutaneous layer. If it is an internal organ, removal of the organ is the major complication, not the lipoma itself. ...Read more

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I would like to know more about lipoma removal? What are the risks involved?

I would like to know more about lipoma removal? What are the risks involved?

Depends on location: Usual risks of surgery are infection, bleeding, anesthesia, and injury to adjacent organs. If the lipoma is located close to vital structures, the risks will increase. ...Read more

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How long does the scar from a lipoma removal take to heal?

How long does the scar from a lipoma removal take to heal?

4-6 weeks: For the scar to heal to about the same average strength the rest of your skin has. The scar will always be remodeling itself for life, but, after the 4-6 week period, most people will not notice any difference in the scar vs. The rest of their skin. ...Read more

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What type of anesthesia will be used for lipoma removal in the left axillary?

What type of anesthesia will be used for lipoma removal in the left axillary?

Either: Local anesthesia, local with sedation, or general anesthesia. It depends on the size of the mass, the exact location, and patient/surgeon preference. Discuss it with your surgeon and come up with a plan you are comfortable with before the day of surgery. ...Read more

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After deep lipoma removal from lower back would it be necessary for jp drains?

After deep lipoma removal from lower back would it be necessary for jp drains?

Drains not for all: And are used at the discretion of your surgeon. If there is a large cavernous space, drains are usually employed. If there is not, then you do not need them. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

Lipomas are a clinical finding of benign ...Read more