This guy was so patient waiting for me! I was running way behind on this day, and he was my last patient of the day. I think he waited almost 45 minutes for me, and when I saw him, I had enough time to only remove one of his lipomas. So I promised i would see him again and be sure to remove any others that he wants to have removed. I think he was surprised that the surgery was so simple. And I think he was pretty happy to get this removed. As you can see, it’s pretty hard to miss if he’s wearing a short sleeved shirt. I think most of us can see why he wanted to have this removed. I was happy to do it, especially since he has a wife who is definitely a popaholic! Next time, we hope she will get to accompany him when he gets other lipomas removed. I’m sure she would like to watch in person. We look forward to meeting her!
A lipoma is slow-growing, benign growth of fat cells. It is contained in a thin, fibrous capsule and found right under the skin. A lipoma is typically not tender and moves around easily with slight pressure. A lipoma is not cancerous and treatment generally is not necessary. There is also a condition called familial lipomatosus, where people develop multiple lipomas, especially on the arms and legs, and other family members have these growths as well. If the lipoma is on a pressure-bearing area, it may create discomfort and this is when people seek removal. People also request removal because they don’t like the appearance of these bumps. Often a small incision can be made over the lipoma and they can be “popped” out easily. This is a simple in-office surgical procedure under local anesthesia.
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