Excision of Lipoma: What you should know?

What is lipoma?

A lipoma is an adipose tumour, a lump often located under the skin that occurs due to an overgrowth of fat cells. Doctors consider lipomas to be benign tumours, which means that they are non-cancerous growths. Lipomas generally occur anywhere on the body where fat cells are present, in the subcutaneous tissues of the head, shoulders, chest, back, trunk, neck, thighs, and armpits. In rare cases, they may also develop in internal organs, bones, or muscles.

To whom and why does this lipoma occur?

Lipoma can be found in all age groups, but more often people between the age group of 40 to 60 years are more diagnosed with this. They are slow-growing and are usually non-painful, round, masses with a characteristic soft, doughy feel.

Why is ovarian drilling done?

Laparoscopic ovarian drilling is an optional method used for women with PCOS who do not ovulate even after weight reduction and taking fertility medications.

Diagnosis of Lipoma:

To diagnose a lipoma, your doctor/surgeon may suggest and perform:
  • A physical exam
  • A tissue sample removal (biopsy) for lab examination
  • An X-ray, MRI or CT scan is done if the lipoma is large and has unusual features or appears to be deeper than the fatty.

Treatment of Lipoma:

Generally, lipoma doesn’t require treatment, but it is bothering you, is growing and painful, your doctor may suggest a surgical removal (surgery) or liposuction.