What is 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 are lipomas removed?
Small lipomas can be removed by enucleation. A 3-mm to 4-mm incision is made over the lipoma. A curette is placed inside the wound and used to free the lipoma from the surrounding tissue. Once freed, the tumor is enucleated through the incision using the curette.
How long does lipoma surgery take?
Lipoma removal surgery often only requires local anaesthesia and can be performed in approximately 30 minutes, but this depends on the size and number of the lipomas and the method of removal. Occasionally general anaesthetic is required if the lipoma is large or situated on the back.