Lipoma Removal Treatment: Surgery, Procedure, and Pictures

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Lipoma Removal

Lipoma Removal is a surgical procedure to remove lipoma which is a fatty lump that usually is situated between the skin and the underlying muscle layer. This procedure can be performed on any kind of lipoma. 

Lipoma removal is an invasive surgery that takes about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the type, size, and location of the lipoma. The procedure has a high success rate and no side effects.

Surgery Name Lipoma Removal
Disease Treated Lipoma
Benefits of the Surgery Advanced and painless procedure, High success rate, Resume work the next day, No side effects
Treated by General Surgeon (Dermatologist)
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What is Lipoma Removal?

Lipoma Removal is a surgical procedure to remove lipoma (fatty lumps under the skin) by cutting them out. Lipoma is a non-cancerous, fatty lump that shows no symptoms and does not cause any problems. They are usually situated between the skin and the underlying muscle layer and can move easily if pressure is applied. They can be found in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs. Based on the cellular content, there are several types of lipoma. Although lipomas are mostly harmless, if they are still painful or growing, then lipoma removal surgery is required.​ 

Anatomy and Physiology of Skin

The skin is the body's largest and primary protective organ of the human body. It is made up of three layers of tissues. The upper layer is the epidermis, the layer below the epidermis is the dermis, and the third layer is the subcutaneous tissue.

  1. The epidermis provides a waterproof barrier and contributes to the tone of the skin.
  2. The dermis contains connective tissue, hair follicles, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and sweat glands.
  3. The subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis) is made of fat and connective tissue.

The skin covers the entire external surface and serves as a first-order physical barrier against the environment. Its function includes:

  1. Protection against microorganisms, dehydration, ultraviolet light, and mechanical damage.
  2. Sensation of pain, temperature, touch, and deep pressure starts with the skin.
  3. Mobility: The skin allows smooth movement of the body.
  4. Endocrine activity: The skin initiates the biochemical processes involved in Vitamin D production, which is essential for calcium absorption and normal bone metabolism.
  5. Exocrine activity: The skin secretes products that can harm the body such as urea and ammonia. 
    1. Immunity development against pathogens.
  6. Regulation of Temperature: Skin participates in thermal regulation by conserving or releasing heat and helps maintain the body’s water and homeostatic balance.

Conditions treated with Lipoma Removal surgery

Lipoma removal surgery is generally performed to remove the lipoma. This procedure can be performed on any kind of lipoma including angiolipomas, neomorphic lipomas, spindle cell lipomas, and adenolipomas. 

Who needs Lipoma Removal surgery?

A lipoma develops in healthy, normal people for no specific reason. Some people are more prone to lipoma and may also have more than one lipoma. Sometimes lipomas can run in families. Lipoma removal surgery is generally performed in an adult male/female for various reasons such as:

  1. Cosmetic reasons
  2. Symptoms like irritation with local trauma persist
  3. To assess their histology, particularly when liposarcomas are to be ruled out

How is Lipoma Removal surgery performed?

Being an invasive procedure, it can usually take about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the patient's health condition and the type and size of the lipoma. Most of the lipomas are removed under local anaesthesia (medication used to reduce the sensation in a specific part of the body) by a specialized team of anaesthetist, dermatologist, and other medical staff. The following steps are carried out during the lipoma removal surgery:

  1. The surgical site will be exposed, and the rest of the body is covered with a sheet/blanket.
  2. The treatment site will be cleaned with betadine solution.
  3. The surgeon will draw an outline to mark the location of the lipoma.
  4. Local anaesthesia is then administered with a 1 to 2 per cent lidocaine with epinephrine concentration. The affected skin is also cleaned with povidone, iodine, or chlorhexidine.

If the lipoma is very small:

  1.  A 3 mm to 4 mm excision is made in the skin over the lipoma to place a curette inside the wound.
  2. Using the curette, the surgeon will begin to free the lipoma from the tissue surrounding it and then enucleate it from the cut.
  3. If the incision is very small, the surgeon will simply put a pressure dressing over the wound.

If the lipoma is large:

  1. A larger incision (usually just a bit smaller than the lipoma) will be made that follows the skin tension line.
  2. For the surgery, a haemostat or Allis clamp will be used to provide skin traction.
  3. The surgeon will start to dissect the subcutaneous fat using a scalpel to reach the tumour underneath.
  4. During the procedure, the surgeon avoids the nerves and blood vessels.
  5. The surgeon will end the procedure by suturing and closing the incision.
  6. The lipoma sample will be sent to a laboratory for biopsy.
  7. After the procedure is done, the area will be covered with a waterproof dressing.
  8. The patient will be asked to come back to OPD for dressing and suture removal after a week.

What to expect before and on the day of Lipoma Removal surgery?

Prior to the lipoma removal surgery, the doctor/surgeon will discuss and prepare the patient for the surgery. These steps often involve:

Before Lipoma Removal Surgery

  1. The treatment area will be cleaned with antibacterial soap.
  2. The patient will be advised not to shave the treatment area.
  3. The patient would need to stop taking ACE inhibitors and blood pressure medication on the day of the surgery.
  4. The doctor will advise the patient to stop taking blood thinners, apart from aspirin, for some time.
  5. While taking the instructions about the medications, the patient should make sure that he/she has discussed his/her full medical history, including any supplements or medications the patient takes.
  6. The patient will be sedated for the surgery, so the patient has to fast for at least six hours before the surgery.
  7. The patient must keep in mind that there may also be additional fees involved for overall medical care if additional tests (like CT scans, pathology reports, or blood tests) are involved.

On the day of Lipoma Removal Surgery

  1. The patient will be asked to sign the consent form in the presence of his/her family.
  2. Instructions to stop drinking or eating 6 hours before surgery, depending on the result of the pre-admission assessment will be given.
  3. Mostly local anaesthesia, while in rare cases, general anaesthesia, will be administered before the surgery, depending on the size of the lipoma, so that the patient won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
  4. Vitals will be monitored.
  5. The patient will then be shifted to the operation theatre.

What to expect after Lipoma Removal surgery?

A patient who has undergone lipoma removal surgery can expect the following after the surgery:

The recovery process in the hospital

  1. After the surgery is complete, the patient will be moved back to the hospital ward so that he/she can recover.
  2. The dressing will be specific to the location of the procedure. If surgical glue is used, then there will be no dressing to remove.
  3. If the doctor has applied bandages, they can be easily removed in 24 to 48 hours at home.
  4. The doctor will advise the patient to stay with someone for the next 24 hours to ensure the patient arranges a ride home.
  5. The doctor will discharge the patient once he/she is stabilized and also will provide instructions for home care and follow-ups.

Recovery process/expectation after hospital discharge

  1. The doctor will also prescribe some medicines like Motrin, ibuprofen, or aleve in addition to the narcotic pain medication after the surgery.
  2. The doctor will recommend the patient stay at home when he/she is discharged.
  3. The patient must avoid fried foods, milk products, and citrus for around one day after surgery. The patient will be asked to eat fibre rich diet, fruits and vegetables.
  4. The patient can shower within a day or two after the surgery, but the patient has to avoid the pool for around a week.

First follow-up appointment

  1. The first follow-up will be scheduled within 7 to 10 days after surgery.
  2. In case the patient is not facing any kind of discomfort, he/she can visit the doctor after two weeks and get the sutures removed. 
  3. The doctor might also change the medication or advise the patient to continue with the previous medication for some more time, depending on the condition and recovery of the surgical area. 
  4. The doctor will advise the patient for further timely follow-ups as well.

Benefits of Lipoma Removal surgery

Lipoma removal surgery is often done for cosmetic reasons more than medical reasons, but the benefits of lipoma removal surgery are both cosmetic and medical. Below mentioned are some of the common benefits of lipoma removal surgery:

  1. Removing a large lump from underneath the skin will make it aligned again.
  2. Lipoma present in a prominent part of the body can affect the self-image and eventually, self-esteem. Lipoma excision can help boost confidence.
  3. The lipoma removal surgery is done to relieve pain and improve the ability to perform daily life activities without any hassle.
  4. If the lipoma is more than 5 cm and pressuring nerves and causing pain, it becomes necessary to remove it for a better quality of life.

Risks and complications of Lipoma Removal surgery

Lipoma removal surgery is a relatively simple procedure, but it is a surgical procedure, and just like any other surgical procedure, lipoma removal surgery has certain risks and complications associated with it. These include:

  1. Infection of the incision site
  2. Cellulitis and Fascitis
  3. Bruising
  4. Bleeding
  5. Accumulation of blood under the skin or hematoma productions
  6. Nerve injury
  7. Muscle injury
  8. Injury to nearby vascular structures
  9. Fat embolus
  10. Excessive scarring
  11. Permanent deformity due to scarring

When is consultation with the doctor needed?

The patient can visit the doctor if he/she is facing any kind of discomfort, such as:

  1. If there is bleeding more than expected.
  2. If an infection develops in the surgery area.
  3. If a pocket of fluid or blood has formed under the skin.

Risks of delayed Lipoma Removal surgery

If lipomas are not treated in time, they can be uncomfortable and may affect daily activities of an individual. Risks of delayed lipoma removal surgery may include:

  1. Continuing growth in size and number
  2. Obstruction and pressure on the surrounding nerves and blood vessels causing discomfort and pain
  3. Bleeding
  4. Inflammation/swelling
  5. Infections
  6. If lipomas are growing in joints, it can cause problems with movement
  7. Conversion to cancer

Cost of Lipoma Removal surgery

The cost of lipoma removal surgery ranges from ₹20,000 to ₹1,00,000. The cost varies based on the following factors:

  1. Number and size of lipomas
  2. Location of lipoma (body part)
  3. Technique and equipment used
  4. Age of the patient.
  5. Other medical conditions that the patient may have.
  6. The type of hospital facility availed - individual room or shared.
Procedure Name Cost Value
Lipoma Removal or Lipoma Excision ₹20,000 to ₹1,00,000

Frequently Asked Questions on Lipoma Removal

What is lipoma removal?

Lipoma removal is a surgical procedure to remove lipoma (fatty lumps under the skin) by cutting them out. The procedure is also known as Lipoma Excision.

What is the approximate duration of lipoma removal surgery?

Usually, a lipoma removal surgery may take around 30 minutes to complete.

Is lipoma removal major surgery?

Lipoma removal is a straightforward surgical procedure that is carried out under local anaesthesia injection.

Does lipoma removal require general anaesthesia?

Generally, lipoma removal surgery is conducted under local anaesthesia. In case the lipoma is large or deep, the surgeon may give a general anaesthesia before the surgery.

Who performs lipoma removal surgery?

Skilled and qualified doctors who are specialised in general surgery conduct lipoma removal surgery with our professional assistance.

Is it necessary to always get the lipomas removed?

Usually, lipomas are non-cancerous, and they often do not need any treatment unless it affects your daily lifestyle. As lipomas are benign, they only need to be monitored and not removed.

Is lipoma removal surgery safe?

Lipoma can develop in many shapes, sizes and places on the body. Lipoma removal surgery is a simple and safe procedure as it has high success rate and no side effects.

What are the advantages of lipoma removal surgery?

Lipoma removal surgery is generally done due to cosmetic reasons, but the benefits of lipoma removal are both cosmetic as well as medical. The advantages of lipoma removal include painless procedures, a high success rate, 30 mins procedure, resume work the next day, and no side effects.

What are the risks associated with lipoma removal surgery?

Lipoma removal surgery is a simple procedure, but as it is a surgical procedure, certain risks are associated with the lipoma removal surgery including bleeding, bruising, pain, inflammation, swelling, muscle injury, accumulation of fluid underneath the skin, and excessive scarring.

What is the cost of lipoma removal surgery?

The cost of lipoma removal surgery ranges from ₹20,000 to ₹1,00,000.

Why does the cost of lipoma removal surgery vary for different patients?

The cost of lipoma removal surgery differs due to factors including the number & size of lipomas, location of the lipoma (body part), technique and equipment used, type of hospital, and the admission room that a patient opts for.

Does insurance cover lipoma removal surgery?

Yes, all health insurance plans cover lipoma removal surgery. Paperwork is facilitated by our team on your behalf ensuring smooth approval and a cashless facility. Contact HexaHealth for a simple cashless and hassle-free experience.

Do I have to stay in the hospital after the lipoma removal surgery?

No, the patient can go home on the same day of the surgery. However, in some conditions, the patient may also have to stay are 24 hours in the hospital.

What happens if I do not opt for lipoma removal surgery?

In most cases, lipoma does not require any treatment or surgery as it does not create any serious medical issues. In rare cases, the lipoma may need to be removed if it causes pain, discomfort, bleeding, inflammation and affects your quality of life.

Is there any particular diet I should follow to avoid lipoma?

Dietary habits play a vital role in the formation of lipomas. Food items that are rich in fatty acids such as trans fat should be avoided.

What are the myths versus facts about lipoma removal surgery?

  1. Myth: Lipoma removal surgery is painful.
    Fact: Generally, lipoma removal surgery is performed under local anaesthesia (medication used to reduce the sensation in a specific body part). Therefore, the patient undergoing the surgery will not feel any pain during the surgery process.
  2. Myth: Lipoma removal surgery has adverse side effects on the skin.
    Fact: No, lipoma removal surgery is a relatively simple procedure with no major side effects.

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