Understanding the Procedure of Lipomas Removal

Lipomas are benign growths of fat cells that form beneath the skin. While usually harmless, they can sometimes cause discomfort and pain due to their size or location. Surgical removal, or excision, is often recommended if a lipoma becomes bothersome or concerning.

Preparing for Surgery

Before the operation, a consultation with a doctor is essential. Lipoma and large sebaceous cyst often need to be differentiated. Doctor will examine the lipoma, assess its size, location, and potential risks associated with surgery. Additionally, they might inquire about medical history and ongoing medications to ensure a safe procedure.

Prior to surgery, patients may be advised to avoid blood-thinning medications or supplements.

The Surgical Procedure

  • Anesthesia: lipoma removal typically involves local anesthesia, numbing only the area being operated on.
  • Incision and Removal: the surgeon will make an incision over the lipoma, carefully avoiding nerves and blood vessels. The size and depth of the incision depend on the lipoma’s characteristics. They’ll delicately separate the lipoma from surrounding tissues and remove it. After the lipoma is extracted, the incision site is closed using stitches or sutures. Sometimes, drainage tubes may be inserted to prevent fluid buildup, especially for larger lipomas.
  • Postoperative Care: the wound will be covered with a sterile dressing. Patients may receive instructions on wound care, including when to change dressings and how to keep the area clean to prevent infection. The recovery time varies based on the size and location of the removed lipoma. In general, individuals can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising at the surgical site for a few days to weeks. Pain medication might be prescribed to manage discomfort. Most patients usually don’t need the follow-up visits, less complications develop, or the patients have concerns. Stitches or sutures under skins are typically resolvable.
  • Potential Complications
    While rare, complications may include infection, bleeding (hematoma), nerve damage, or recurrence of the lipoma.

    Surgical removal of lipomas is a common and generally safe procedure. However, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional to discuss individual risks and benefits. Understanding the operation process, preparing adequately, and following postoperative instructions are vital for a smooth recovery.

    Note: One Stop Medical Center provides the service of lipoma removal surgery. We have two office locations in Edina, Minnesota, and Casselberry, Florida. If you are interested in lipoma removal, please call us at 1-888-992-0019.

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