How to Diagnose and Treat Lipomas?

Lipomas is not hard to diagnose. Doctors can make it sure if you go through some tests, such as tissue sample removal or an X-ray. Generally, you don’t need to treat lipomas. However, if it’s kind of painful and bothers you, you can have it removed. Measures to remove it include surgery and liposuction.

Diagnosis of lipomas:  tissue sample removal, X-ray and others.

To diagnose a lipoma, your doctor may perform:

  • A physical exam
  • A tissue sample removal (biopsy) for lab examination
  • An X-ray or other imaging test, such as an MRI or CT scan, if the lipoma is large, has unusual features or appears to be deeper than the fatty

In fact, there’s a very small chance that a lump resembling a lipoma may actually be a form of cancer called liposarcoma. Liposarcomas — cancerous tumors in fatty tissues — grow rapidly, don’t move under the skin and are usually painful. In fact, a biopsy or an MRI or CT scan is typically done if your doctor suspects liposarcoma.

Treatment of lipoma: surgical removal and liposuction.

No treatment is usually necessary for a lipoma. However, if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, your doctor might recommend that it be removed. Lipoma treatments include:

  • Surgical removal. Most lipomas are removed surgically by cutting them out. Recurrences after removal are uncommon. Possible side effects, for example, are scarring and bruising. A technique known as minimal excision extraction may result in less scarring.
  • Liposuction. This treatment uses a needle and a large syringe to remove the fatty lump.
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.