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Dr. Joseph Mele Dr. Mele
Surgery - Plastics
28 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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


Dr. Karen Sibert Dr. Sibert
Anesthesiology
35 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Megan Jack Dr. Jack
Surgery - Plastics
17 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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!

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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Andrew Hoffman Dr. Hoffman
Surgery
31 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas Dr. Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Curtis Wong Dr. Wong
Surgery - Plastics
29 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Can I get insurance to cover multiple lipoma removal? I found 76, 9 bother me enough for removal due to size I bump them & have occ. Nerve pain.

Can I get insurance to cover multiple lipoma removal? I found 76, 9 bother me enough for removal due to size I bump them & have occ. Nerve pain.

If they have to go..: Usually we try to leave them alone but if there are some that are painful then your insurance usually pays to have them removed. Try not to go overboard on getting them cut out.

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Dr. Debashish Bose Dr. Bose
Surgery
15 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Freaked out after seeing lipoma removal. Can I get rid of them with weight loss?

Freaked out after seeing lipoma removal. Can I get rid of them with weight loss?

No: Some people are prone to lipoma formation due to genetic issues that are independent of weight gain/loss. Existing lipomas do not go away with weight loss.

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Dr. Ken Deck Dr. Deck
Surgery
44 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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After lipoma removal l have numbness over the top of head. ..L have been told l have superorbital palsy...Will it recover?

After lipoma removal l have numbness over the top of head. ..L have been told l have superorbital palsy...Will it recover?

Most likely: If you are within the first 3 months I would not worry. If longer than 6 months may not return.

Dr. Larry Nichter Dr. Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
32 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Dr. Randy Stevens Dr. Stevens
Surgery
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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I had a lipoma removal from my scalp on Tuesday. I am having sharp shooting pains in the back of my head and hot, burning sensation near incision.

Have a look: You had a skin lipoma removed from your scalp. These are usually only removed for pain or large size. Ask someone to have a look at the incision. Sometimes the lymphatic drainage is involved. If the invision is red and hot and angry looking yoy may need antibiotics. Office based procedures like any other procedures have infection risk. Hope this helps.

Dr. Frank Pinto Dr. Pinto
Dermatology
32 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Do I have to have the lipoma on my arm removed of its growing and how is the removal preformed step by step?

Maybe: Normally small asymptomatic lipomas do not need to be removed other than for cosmetic reasons. However if you have a lump under the skin that is tender, painful, or growing rapidly it should probably be removed and biopsied. Usually this can be done in an office setting with local anesthesia. An incision is made, the lump is identified and removed and then the skin is closed with sutures.

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Developed periorbital edema after removal of lipoma from forehead. What is the cause?

Developed periorbital edema after removal of lipoma from forehead. What is the cause?

Bruising: The tissue around the removed lipoma had some bruising and the body is responding with fluid into the hematoma to absorb it. Early on ice may help, layer2-3 days a heating pad may help.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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32 yo fmale, since removal of a lipoma in march I have had a discharge clear to milky from both breast, cure or explanations?

32 yo fmale, since removal of a lipoma in march I have had a discharge clear to milky from both breast, cure or explanations?

Coincidence: Removal of a lipoma would have no effect on your breasts. Differentiating nipple discharge (pathologic) from secretion (physiologic) can be tricky. Favoring the latter includes fluid from both breasts especially if its not spontaneous and emanating from multiple duct orifices. If it is truly milk this may indicate elevated prolactin levels. Bottom line: go see your gyne for a formal evaluation.

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Dr. Mark Pack
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