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Will a removal surgery completely get rid of a lipoma on my back after steroids injections?

I have a lipoma on my middle/upper back over my spine and it doesn't hurt. It first appeared last summer(2.9cm by 3.8cm) and my doctor injected steroids. The size was reduced a bit over the months and it doesn't seem to grow. The doctor suggested that I leave it and wouldn't do another steroids injections because it left a dimple mark with some discoloration. It's still lumpy and I don't want it. Do you think it's worth removing it surgically or leave it as my doctor said? Will it be completely gone and will I have a scar after the surgery?

My wife has the exact same thing, but it causes her great discomfort. Still, she's afraid to have the surgery. I'd say leave it alone unless it really bothers you. If it does, get the surgery. It not a difficult surgery to perform.

Let me know how it works out...  (+ info)

Can I still have the lipoma removed from my back after all these years?

The lipoma is located on my lower back, which is above my buttocks. I am just so afraid of the results that will follow after the dangerous procedure; not to mention people will make fun of my buttocks and talk about me.

You should not be worried about complications after removing the lipoma. It is located inside the skin, so there is no danger involved. Talk to your doctor. The real danger is to leave it untouched. It can grow, get inflamed, and very rare, but became malignant.
I would definitely advise you to get it removed.

Best wishes, and no fear,
Jon  (+ info)

What are the dangers associated with a lipoma removel surgery?

im 21 years old and in good heath... the lipoma is on my right bicep

Probably not much danger at all. It may be sore for a couple of days, depending on how long the incision is. The surgery will probalby leave a scar -- but if you're considering surgery, the scar will probably be less noticeable than the lipoma.

Given the location, it probably can be done in your doctor's office with a local anaesthetic.

For more info, see http://www.webmd.com/hw/skin_and_beauty/tp21226.asp.  (+ info)

Does the lipoma on my back keep me from having children?

I'm still scared and worried about getting the lipoma removed. I've had the lipoma on my back since 1995. Is it still benign?

no, it will not prevent you from having children (unless you have one in your reproductive organs). and chances are, it's probably still benign. they hardly ever go malignant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoma  (+ info)

Once I get the lipoma removed from my back, will I die after the procedure?

I have had the lipoma on my back since 1995, and with all the deaths in the world, I'm afraid that maybe I'm next.

Louise..Let me say this: IF there were such a thing as being able to choose what type of tumor one gets, lipoma would be at the top of the list! Lipomas are fatty tumors, normally easily removed, and in 14 years of medical practice, I don't know of one case where anyone has ever experienced significant complications.  (+ info)

what is the causes of lipoma and any medicine or remedies for lipoma?

i have 6 small size lipomas in my hands.i want to know the causes and remedies for it.

Lipomas are benign (not cancerous), slow-growing tumours that arise from fat cells. They are usually round, moveable, flattened lumps under the skin. They feel soft and doughy or rubbery. Lipomas usually grow in the neck, shoulders, back, or arms. Lipomas are the most common non-cancerous tumour in adults. They can occur at any age, but they often appear when you're between 40 and 60 years of age. Sometimes they run in families. Sometimes they are caused by an injury. Most lipomas do not hurt unless they are squeezed or bruised.

Because lipomas are almost always benign, they usually do not need treatment. If they are painful or are growing quickly, you may want to have treatment. Treatment options include steroid shots, liposuction, or surgery. Lipomas are normally removed by simple excision. However, liposuction is another option if the lipoma is soft and has a small connective tissue component. Liposuction often results in less scarring; however it has a greater tendency to fail to remove the entire lipoma, often resulting in re-growth.

There are new methods being developed that are supposed to remove the lipomas without scarring. One of them is removal by the use of injection of various substances. Another method being developed is the use of ultrasound waves to destroy the lipoma. This can be compared with the removal of kidney stones where ultrasound is used to pulverize the stones.  (+ info)

Is lipoma harmless on your body regardless of its size and shape?

I asked because I'm still scared and worried about the results that will follow after I finally get it removed from my back. I hope I will all right after the procedure.

yes --if it is under the skin ---if it is in the intestine it is life threatening one  (+ info)

Is lipoma still benign if it increases in size?

I've had the lipoma on my back for 14 long years, and I'm still very scared and worried about getting the lipoma from my back removed because of the procedure and the results that follow it, knowing that I will die on the operating table once the procedure is completed, and the doctors laughing and looking at my ugly African-American buttocks while performing the procedure as well.

I think if it dramatically increases in size very quickly, then it is worth having it checked out, but I think your doctor will have a better idea of whether it is dangerous or not. One the whole lipomas are benign and unless they do become a cause for concern unless they have altered in size and shape.  (+ info)

Is there a non surgical treatment for lipoma?

What is the root cause of lipoma (small lumps of fat cells under your skin)? How do you avoid getting them? Dietary changes? How do you get rid of them non-surgically?

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty tumor situated between the skin and the muscle layer. Often a lipoma is easy to identify because it moves readily with slight finger pressure. It's doughy to touch and usually not tender. You could have several that persist for years. Lipomas can occur at any age, but they're most often detected in middle age.

A lipoma isn't cancer and is usually harmless. Treatment generally isn't necessary, but if the lipoma is in a bothersome location, is painful or is growing, it should be removed.

If you have a lipoma, no treatment is usually necessary. However, if the lipoma is in a bothersome location, is painful or is growing, your doctor might recommend that it be removed. Treatments include:

Steroid injections. This treatment shrinks the lipoma but usually doesn't completely eliminate the tumor. Steroid injections are typically used with smaller tumors — those less than 2.5 centimeters in diameter.
Liposuction. This treatment uses a needle and a large syringe to remove the fatty tumor. Liposuction is usually done when the lipoma is in a location where you want to avoid a large scar. It's difficult to remove the entire tumor with this technique.
Surgical removal. Larger lipomas are best removed by surgically cutting them out. Recurrences after removal are uncommon.

Nonexcisional treatment of lipomas, which is now common, includes steroid injections and liposuction.

Steroid injections result in local fat atrophy, thus shrinking (or, rarely, eliminating) the lipoma. Injections are best performed on lipomas less than 1 inch in diameter. A one-to-one mixture of 1 percent lidocaine (Xylocaine) and triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog), in a dosage of 10 mg per mL, is injected into the center of the lesion; this procedure may be repeated several times at monthly intervals.8 The volume of steroid depends on the size of the lipoma, with an average of 1 to 3 mL of total volume administered. The number of injections depends on the response, which is expected to occur within three to four weeks. Complications, which are rare, are the result of the medication or the procedure, and can be prevented by injecting the smallest total amount possible and by positioning the needle so that it is in the center of the lipoma.

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Can lipoma be cured or stopped from spreading?

Hi i'm a 22yr old guy and i'm having lipoma - in my arms. I consulted my doc and she says that its no big a deal. but it is spreading fast which is concerning me. Could anyone suggest a cure or a way of preventing it fro mdoing further damage?

HI Elan

THe body gives you signals (visual in your skin) to let you know your internal balance isnt correct. Toxins are in your blood and you need to cleanse out your system.

Look closely at the suggestions I make below (look at #4 especially), regardless of the health issue. If you do these steps below, you'll give the body time to heal the issue without having to digest meat. dairy, manmade chemicals, preservatives, etc.

Here is a list of important health topics people dont realize or take for granted and thus causes issues.

1. stress = most of it is self induced. Even thinking and actually talking about negative means you attact more negative energy. Visualize and "Feel" a healthy beautiful body (end result) and you'll have it before you know it.
Once the body breaks down from stress then its much easier to get sick or unhealthy for that matter.

Obviously exercise helps manages stress tremendously!

Remember what you focus on (negative or positive) is what you will attract in your life. This universal law is called "The Law of Attraction".

2. Lack of water. Drink a gallon of distilled water to hydrate the body and flush out the excess waste and toxins out of the blood.

3. Nutrition = this helps heal the body and will gives it energy to work on the internal issues. Mainly raw organic fruit and vegetables. If you only ate organic raw F & V for 7-10 days and drank distilled water you would see a change in your energy and be on your way to better health. Letting the body rest from digesting meats, dairy, and processed foods would do wonders for you.

4. clogged colon = Not eliminating the processed food and chemicals we eat every day will give anyone an illness and/or disease. If doctors we're actually taught this, our society would be much improved. DO a colon and liver cleanse to clear out excess waste and toxins in the blood. This will help heal any illness or disease.

Best of health to you  (+ info)

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