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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I just had the best hospital visit ever for a procedure. I had a large lipoma removed and had to go under general anesthesia for its removal because of its size and location. All of the staff at Capital Surgical Associates and Treasure Valley Hospital were the most courteous and pleasant health professionals I've dealt with. Dr. Gay was helpful in laying out what was going to be done while the recovery was extremely easy. The follow-up visit with him was helpful in explaining what had happened and what I needed to do going forward. I cannot imagine a better experience.
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Dr. Gay was great! I always saw him on my visit and not another provider. I had a lipoma on my back and it was one of the smoothest, easiest surgeries I've had. He's easy to talk to and his office staff are funny and to the point. You can tell he genuinely cares about his patients. Thanks Dr. Gay and staff!
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Luke Folke
Dr. Gay did a great job on an inguinal hernia surgery for me a few weeks ago. I really appreciate his practical but caring approach, his respectful manner and his professionalism! His assistant Sarah is awesome! She worked really hard to keep the ball rolling for us and we are truly thankful for her diligence in getting me in, and communicating thoroughly through the whole thing! I am also grateful for the team at Treasure Valley Hospital and the great care I was given during my surgery! Thanks so much! -Luke Folke
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