Lipomas won’t disappear on their own and they don’t improve with medications. If your lipoma causes pain or affects your appearance, you only have one treatment option: surgery to remove the lump.
During your first appointment at Surgical Specialists of Greater NY, your provider reviews your medical history and examines the lump. Depending on the results of your exam, they may order diagnostic imaging to verify your diagnosis.
Before removing the lump, your provider applies a local anesthetic. If you have a large or painful lipoma, your provider may recommend sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Then they make a small incision and remove the fatty tissues, often eliminating the entire lump intact. You may have discomfort and minimal swelling at the surgical site, but these side effects don’t last long. Your incision should heal within two weeks.
Your provider may ask you to avoid strenuous activities for a few days. Otherwise, most people return to their normal schedule the next day.
If you have questions about a lipoma or other lumps, call Surgical Specialists of Greater NY or schedule an appointment online today.