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Anyone had a lipoma removed?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by teacher2b?, May 16, 2011.

  1. Hi,

    After a worrying wait docs think I have a relatively large lipoma on the back of my neck/spine area. He said they have 80% chance of getting bigger and that they are easier to take out when smaller. However, he seemed not in a great rush for me to have it removed which seemed a bit odd. I understood it as bigger= more difficult to deal with and obviously larger scar so not sure why he didn't suggest getting it out and stopping it!

    Has anyone had a lipoma which they felt continued to grow quite quickly or any useful experiences of what they were advised to do/how procedure went...

    Many thanks,
  2. Hi! Been there!

    My lipoma was at the top of the back of my leg (NOT my bum as my hubby kept saying!!!!)-LOL

    I had it for many years and it didn't grow significantly. It took about 5 years for me to get round to seeing about it and I don't remember it changing much in that time! It was about the size of a marble to look at (tricky, and involving a mirror!!!) but when the lovely surgeon removed it he asked if I wanted to see it (think he was joking!!)................ anyhoo, I saw it and it was about the size of a golf ball!! I had forgotten about the bit under the skin!! Have to say mine was done under local, but that may not be possible if yours is on the back of your neck (to do with you lying still for long enough).

    Hope this helps!!
    Oz x
  3. Hi. Again been there.
    I had a small one remove from my elbow again about the size of a marble. This was done under a local and you can hardly see the scar. I have a large one on my inside fore arm and have had it for years. The doctor keeps her eye on it if I go for anything else, BUT will not advise me to have it removed because of:-
    a. the scarring
    b. sometimes they can re-appear and be worse than the original one.
    I suppose if I pushed her she would refer me to have it removed but it causes me no problems at all.
    Are you sure it is a lipoma? I have had mine scanned a number of times when I was having check ups for skin cancer and the skin cancer specialist assured me it was a lipoma and nothing to worry about.
  4. I've got one about the size of a broad bean on my forearm which I've had for about ten years and which has not changed in size since the first time I noticed it. GP said I could have it removed for cosmetic reasons if i wished but I'm not a big fan of unnecessary surgery so declined.
    I wonder how I failed to notice it between its coming into being and achieving the size of a broad bean. I don't suppose they get to that size overnight. But I didn't.
    I have had two lesions taken off my face. Painless procedure and barely noticeable scar, one actually invisible now. I went straight back to work it was so painless.
  5. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I had one removed from my inside knee area in january. It was about the size of a golf ball and, like the other, i don't know how i didn't notice it sooner. surgery was unpleasant under local, but not unbearable. I have a scar about 1.5 inches long, perfectly straight, on my knee but i am glad i had it removed as it had been affecting my movement.

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