What is a Lipoma?
Lipoma is a growth of a lump or mass on the skin which is made up of fat cells. Sometimes this lump is misidentified by others as something malignant but in fact it’s a benign, noncancerous, slow-growing tumor. These growths may occur in different parts of the body and the possibility of multiple growths is to be expected. Lipomas are movable even with just from a slight touch or pressure. People of all ages are prone to lipoma formation, but are common in middle age.
The formations of a lump or mass that may either be multiple are quite noticeable to the naked eye. The mass is located under the skin. These growths may be commonly found at the torso, neck, thighs, arms and armpits but may also grow on some internal organs. We should remember that these growths are harmless and are not cancerous.
Lipoma sizes vary from each person but they are usually small. But gradually its size may grow over the years, but usually it does not. These lumps develop to a round, flattened figure that are soft and rubbery to touch. Lipomas are not painful but once these lumps grow near or at vital organs, pain may be felt by the affected person. Squeezing the lipomas would also generate pain.
Complications occur depending on the location and size of the tissue involved. If there is organ involvement, most likely unwanted results are expected. This growth is considered not dangerous. But when it can press on our nerves and cause debilitating pain onto the patient, prompt intervention is to be done. So in order to avoid complications, it is much advised that you seek medical help from a doctor.
Tests for this condition would include a physical examination, a biopsy of a sample tissue from the lump and an imaging test is necessary if the mass is too large and has unusual features. A biopsy, MRI and CT scan is necessary when the doctor suspects liposarcoma and to rule out other conditions.
A simple family background of lipomas can predispose a person to have these growths. This would only present risk to a person when a family history supports the case. But the exact or root cause of lipoma has not been found. From reports given, trauma or minor injuries to the skin may trigger the growth of a lipoma. But this link is not entirely supported and explained.
Other related risk dactors for lipoma have been suggested and it includes the Dercum’s disease. Dercum disease or the adiposis dolorosa is a rare condition that manifests painful lipomas. These lipomas are found mostly on the patient’s trunk, upper arms and legs. A familial disorder has been linked to lipoma formation. The familial multiple lipomatosis is a rare inherited condition that is characterized by the formation of multiple benign lipomas. Gardner’s syndrome is characterized by the formation of multiple polyps in the colon. This condition may predispose colon lipomas and also to the development of colon cancer.
Before consulting your doctor once you observed a slow-growing lump on your skin, remember that you sum up all the symptoms you noticed associated with the lump. Making a list of all the medications may be necessary to identify and rule out other causes for the mass formation. This can help the doctor in diagnosing your problem and also treating your condition.
First in line for the lipoma treatment is steroid or phosphatidylcholine injections. This remedy would result to shrinking of the lipomas but it won’t result to complete shrinking or removal of the mass. This method would trigger lipolysis (breaking down lipids).
Liposuction can also be one. This procedure uses a needle and large syringe to remove the mass. This is made as an option if the lipoma is soft and involves a small connective tissue component. This is very much advised in cosmetics for less scarring would be attained after this procedure. Regrowth cannot be avoided especially when it involves large lipomas.
The surgical removal of a lipoma is done by cutting whole the mass. Once removed, the possibility of recurrence is ruled out. But certain criterion is also followed before surgical intervention is done. When the patient is continuously feeling pain on the lipoma site or tenderness is not easily relieved, the doctor would suggest removal. Once infection or inflammation has developed in the area, this procedure is done. A foul-smelling discharge shall be removed during the surgery. And once the lipoma or lipomas are becoming a hindrance to day to day living, and has become unsightly and is continuing to grow in size, the doctor would consider the surgical removal of these growths.
Usually, this procedure is done as an out-patient basis. No need to have a general anesthesia conducted, unless there is involvement of the internal organs. A local anesthesia is sufficient enough for the removal of a superficial lipoma.
Lipoma Removal Cost
The average cost for lipoma removal is 1,600 USD. But the cheapest has been noted to be $200 in the US. Usually the cost would vary especially for the size of the tumor and the amount of anesthesia to be inducted. The doctor’s fee is also considered.
Surgical cost would include the risks after the procedure. The removal of the lump would depend on the location and the proximity of nerves. The doctor would always consider the preservation of nerves found nearby the lipoma. There are also instances that the doctor would remove the patient’s muscle temporarily and re-attach it. This is only possible to cases of deep lipomas. But surgical complications are always present. This would entirely depend on the size and location of the lipoma. Nerve involvement and damage is to be always considered.
After the complete removal of the lipomas, recurrence is always asked by the patients to their doctors. Chances of recurrence are relatively high if the lipoma is deep and large in size. But superficial lipomas after excision have low chances of recurrence.
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Anas on January 29, 2015:
I have multiple lmipoa's in my whole body and getting increase now a days. It was started from 16th age and now reached almost 100 in body. Now my age is 28. Could you suggest the best way to remove the lmipoa's which has pain in my body and it would not provide much stitches in my skin.Is it any way to remove the lmipoa without surgery like suck the lmipoa via injection or tube?.. Kindly provide the suggestion.
Coco on October 04, 2014:
How much turmeric should you take a day to help remove the lipoma's
hajar on September 27, 2014:
I have a large lipoma on my neck , it cause pain for me . i have no money to remove it . can someone help?
Nafiz on September 03, 2014:
I have hard lump in my left abdomen, armpit area and also some small sized lumps in chest area. I have dizziness and tiredness in body and also my leg muscles feels pain. What suggession could I get?
Emmah on August 26, 2014:
I've just discovered something like lipoma between my ribs and I felt discomfort after each meal ana I can't sleep with my stomach,can I have advise on how to deal with it...and it is painful
Mary on July 25, 2014:
My husband has them all over, so did his mom and grandmother. He has a large one in left abdomen that actual feels like two next to one another. Hopefully not liposarcoma, but he has had it for about 12 years I would think if cancer we would know by now.
Nicole on June 16, 2014:
I have gad surgery on my lipoma twice and they are big and very painful what do u think I should do now?
silvia saenz on February 05, 2014:
Turmeric is a spice you can by at most grocery stores. I make my own beet juice with lime juice and a dash of vinegar. It has a lot of great potentials to cure your problems. You really have to Google "beets". D.Naicker you should look it up! It could help you. It can be strong so start drinking little bit at a time. Some people can get severe pain as it starts to work but that will resolve in a couple of weeks. It can take one week or 3 months or more to take your illness away even your lipomas.
jeff on February 05, 2014:
hi what is tumeric and does it really work and is beet juice the beetroot salad juice .thank u
silvia saenz on February 02, 2014:
I have been drinking beet juice for two weeks. Today I noticed the lipoma on my ankle gone. I didn't know that beet juice was going to get rid of it. I am drinking beet juice for numbness in my hands. It is getting rid of it.
alicia on January 10, 2014:
I also have this lipoma I went to the doctor about 8 weeks ago
Julia on January 04, 2014:
I think its sad as hell that people can't afford to get treated in the USA but other countries that have "poor" healthcare according to USA doctors are actually helping people out. How utterly shameful that we live in a country that has all this amazing technology.. But none of it is accessible to the avg person. Thank you so much for posting your experiences with tumeric and dr info for Ethiopia. I had my lipoma removed yesterday and it was bothering me for years! Finally this year my husband and I had health insurance so it could be removed. Healthcare in America is so broken, you're thrown in jail and penalized for trying to heal yourself or others with basic herbs and folk medicines. Any info you can share from shamanic medicine is appreciated! Thanks again
kerri on December 20, 2013:
I have what they consider lipoma on my back..left shoulder blade...want it gone.. the pain is excrutiating and causes loss of sleep and rest... like others I have no insurance so seems like nobody wants to help... I live in Arkansas if anyone has a suggestion.. would appreciate the help
tamiru muluneh on December 15, 2013:
I live here in ethiopia(east part of africa)a month before had a surgery for lipoma which happen on my shoulder.it took only 15 minute for the surgery.and I paid 80usd for this .the name of the doctor is dr.dereje& the hospital name is tezenea.
Karen on December 09, 2013:
I have three lipomas a large one between skin and ribs I cannot lay on my stomach it hurts and I feel sick to my stomach when I eat. I have been it cannot be removed. I have no money or income to see if some doctor could remove it
Nancy on December 09, 2013:
Sore tummy every eat feel sick
D. Naicker on December 08, 2013:
I have multiple lipomas all over my body and about 5 years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer - after reading this article I am wondering if the lipomas could be related to the cancer. I have discovered more in my breasts and am stressing that it could turn cancerous.
Munish Syal on December 07, 2013:
I also have multiple lipomas all over my body. Started 10 years back and growing slowly since then. I have started consuming turmeric for last 1 year and have seen 2 of my lumps disappear though the others remain suttobornly at the same size. Will continue for another couple of years and can exaclty determine if turmeic helps. You can try the same, it may/may not cure lipoma but has numerous other benefits.
Jeffrey on December 03, 2013:
hi my name Jeff i lapomas all over my body i have removed around 1o so far i more growing especially on my arms jst don't know what to do anymore im very consious of them please help me.