Lipoma Removal

Boise - Caldwell

Have you noticed a readily movable, doughy lump beneath your skin? If so, you may have a lipoma growing. Lipomas are benign fatty tumors that usually form between the muscle and skin. Continue reading to discover everything you need to know about this benign growth and what to expect during and after treatment.

What Is a Lipoma? What Are the Different Types?

All lipomas are made up of fat and are rarely malignant. While they may be small and painless, they also may be large and painful. A biopsy of the lipoma is necessary to determine which type it is. Here's a quick overview of the type of lipoma you may have:

  • Atypical lipoma
  • Spindle cell lipoma
  • Conventional lipoma
  • Fibrolipoma
  • Angiolipoma
  • Myelolipoma
  • Hibernoma
  • Pleomorphic lipoma
What are the different types of Lipoma?

What Treatment Is Recommended for Lipomas?

Most of the time, a simple lipoma removal procedure is recommended to treat lipomas. While some doctors may recommend liposuction, lipoma removal surgery is the only treatment method that guarantees consistently complete success.

What Happens During Lipoma Removal Surgery?

During lipoma removal surgery, anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr. Daniel Gay will discuss your health and personal preferences to determine whether general, regional, or local anesthesia should be administered. Once your skin is numb, a small incision will be made through which the tumor is removed.

Once the benign tumor has been removed, the incision will be stitched closed. You will need to come in for a follow-up appointment a couple of weeks after your procedure to remove the stitches once your skin has healed.

What is the recovery like after Lipoma Removal Surgery?

What is the Recovery Like After Lipoma Removal Surgery?

Lipoma removal surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you are free to go home shortly after your incision is stitched closed. During your initial consultation, Dr. Daniel Gay will advise you on all the restrictions you should expect after your procedure. He will also advise you on what to do to shorten your recovery period. Here's a brief overview of post-operative instructions:

  • Abstain from alcohol consumption for 24 hours
  • Don't consume tobacco products
  • Avoid vigorous activity for one month
  • Eat nutritious meals and snacks that are high in soluble fiber
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Shower instead of taking a bath until the incision site has scabbed over
  • Go for gentle walks when you're feeling up to moving around

Note, lipomas rarely recur after they have been excised. That said, if another lipoma grows after the first is removed, lipoma removal surgery is still the most effective treatment option.

Why Choose Dr. Daniel Gay for this Procedure? You should choose Dr. Daniel Gay for your lipoma removal surgery because he lives by the Golden Rule every day. He will take the time to get to know you and provide you with the highest level of sincere individualized attention to ensure you receive the best possible care. He is dedicated to the health of the citizens of Boise, Meridian, and Caldwell and will take excellent care of you. Visit his General Surgery Specialties page to learn about other procedures he performs.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

You don't have to live with painful, swollen lumps. A simple lipoma removal procedure is all that is required to restore your appearance and quality of life. If your lipoma is painful, or you're concerned by how large it has become, please contact us today at the office of Dr. Daniel Gay in Boise, ID, to schedule your initial consultation

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Patient Testimonials

chris brooksby
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Gay and his whole team, everyone I dealt with was very friendly and took lots of time to explain everything and make me feel comfortable with the procedure that I had scheduled. Additionally Dr. Gay spent a lot of time going over how the surgery had gone with me on my follow up appointment-I never felt like he was trying to say a few things then push me out the door so he could move on to the next patient as I have felt in other doctors offices in the past. That all being said I can’t recommend Dr. Gay and his team enough, they are fantastic! I hope I never need their services again, but if I do I know I’ll be in good hands.
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Dan Rueb
Dr. Daniel Gay is a likeable, friendly surgeon who took his time with me to answer my questions in a patient, thorough manner, explaining my options, & who offered his surgical services at the Nampa St. Luke's Hospital. I highly recommend him.
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Kelly Dawson
10 out of 10!!!! Dr. Gay and Sarah are such a beautiful blessing. I had been having intense symptoms of suspected gallbladder issues for months, but all testing was coming back normal. Because tests were coming back normal, my PCP couldn't get a surgeon to even talk to me. On month 3, she finally reached out to Dr. Gay who was graciously open to having a discussion with me and got me in quickly. He spent so much time explaining things to me & my husband in so much detail. I could immediately tell he genuinely cares for his patients, his practice, and the level of care that is provided. His standards of excellence are high. It felt so good to finally be heard. I had been suffering 4 months of intense gallbladder attacks 1-2 times a week with 2 ER visits. It was completely debilitating. After completing additional testing (which all came back normal), and my attacks becoming more intense and frequent, Dr. Gay agreed to proceed with removing my gallbladder. During the removal he found TWO gallstones that were causing the issue. It was amazing how quickly I started to feel human again. Sarah is an incredibly reliable and personable MA who took care of all my FMLA paperwork like a champ. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Dr. Gay is such an amazing doctor (a wonderful human) and so down to earth that I felt comfortable with him right away. I have so much gratitude that he was my surgeon. You're doing great work Doc ... keep it up.
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Emily Richcreek
Appreciative of the office and staff, as well as Dr. Daniel Gay himself. Dr. Gay took time to listen and trust me as a patient and that what I was going through was legitimate. Between normal labs, scans, and tests, Dr. Gay took the time to trust what I was feeling and made an important medical decision; which greatly improved my health. In doing so I’m now pain free and feeling amazing. To the office and Dr. Gay himself, thank you for listening and thank you for the wonderful care you provided me. Also this office is amazing with children! Had my pre-k shadow tripping at my feet the whole time. They did amazing keeping him occupied and loaded on suckers. They’re all amazing.
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Glenn Mabey
Did a fine job
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Stewart Galbraith
Referred to Dr. Gay for bilateral inguinal hernia surgery. He explained the procedure well, and the follow-up appointment was also informative. Recovery has gone well, with no complications. Overall, I am very pleased with his service.
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Byl Kravetz
Start to finish, Dr. Gay and his staff were friendly and efficient. All of my questions were answered and the procedure went as smoothly as a procedure can go. Highly recommend their services.
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Dan Cunningham
I couldn’t ask for a better experience than with Dr Gay. Very happy. Not only a good surgeon but takes the time to get to know you. Very please
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