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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about a lipoma removal?
A lipoma removal is surgery to remove a lipoma. A lipoma is a benign (non cancer) tumor made up of fat tissue.
How do I prepare for a lipoma removal?
Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything 6 hours before your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. You may need to stop taking blood thinner medicines or NSAIDs several days before surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery.
What will happen during a lipoma removal?
You will be given local anesthesia to numb the surgery area. With local anesthesia, you may still feel pressure or pushing, but you should not feel any pain. If your lipoma is large or deep, you may be given general anesthesia. General anesthesia will keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Your healthcare provider will make an incision in your skin and remove the lipoma. The removed lipoma may be sent to a lab and tested for cancer. Your provider may use stitches or medical glue to close your skin. A pressure bandage will be placed over your incision to prevent bleeding.
What will happen after a lipoma removal?
You will be able to go home after your surgery. You may have pain, swelling, or bruising where the lipoma was removed. These symptoms should get better in a few days.
What are the risks of a lipoma removal?
You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. A pocket of fluid or blood may form under your skin. This may heal on its own or you may need treatment to remove it. Lipoma removal may cause a permanent scar.
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