Lipoma is another name for benign fatty tumors. Typically they are not medically dangerous, but they can be quite painful and in come cases unsightly. If your doctor considers it necessary, they might recommend removal of the lipoma. Knowing whether or not you qualify for this procedure is the first step in treating it, and at La Peer Health Systems we are dedicated to educating our patients as much as possible.

Where Do Lipmas Come From?

Lipomas are fatty deposits under the bottom layers of the skin. They are much more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60, individuals with a family history of lipomas, individuals with Madelung disease, individuals with Cowden syndrome, individuals with Gardner’s syndrome, and individuals with adiposis dolorosa.

Once this lump is discovered, the doctor will perform a biopsy to make sure it is not cancerous. Once the lipoma is proven to be benign, you and your doctor can discuss your further treatment options.

Different Forms of Lipoma

Lipomas are usually named in regard to the area of the body in which they are formed. These include neck, breast, forehead, spinal, head (a.k.a. scalp), back, abdominal, shoulder, arm, thigh, chondroid, and spindle cell lipomas. Lipomas can also form internally, and are as follows: brain, kidney, colon, pancreatic, spermatic cord, pedunculated, intramuscular, arborescens (joint), and intraosseous (bone) lipomas. Internal lipomas are much more rare, but can offer greater risk of serious complications. If you suffer from any internal fatty tumors, it is essential that you contact a surgeon to learn your treatment options.

Treatment Options

There are a few reasons why you might consider removing a lipoma. If your lipoma is painful to the touch, greatly increases in size in a short time, has become infected or very red, is seeping a smelly discharge, or interferes with movement, you might want to consider having it treated.

There are three widely used treatment options to remove or reduce lipoma. Steroid injections can be applied. A needle is inserted directly into the tumor and the steroid treatment is injected inside. This will shrink the tumor down, and hopefully reduce the size. This is typically utilized for smaller lipomas.

Another option is liposuction. The benefits include a very small scar and a high rate of success in treating small tumors. The third option is surgical excision. This is a short, outpatient procedure in which the doctor makes a small incision over the surface of the lipoma and cuts it away from the surrounding tissues. Recovery from this operation is very easy, and patients will be home the same day as the procedure.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to learn more about lipoma removal surgery, or suffer from any of the symptoms of lipomas mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact La Peer Health Systems today. Our team of surgical experts is eager to helping you find the treatment plan that works for you. Call 888-316-9905 or visit to schedule a consultation.

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