What is the safest way to get rid of lipoma: Liposuction or surgery? The lipoma is on the left hip and 10 cm. in size.
Safer Between Liposuction and Surgery for Lipoma Removal?
Doctor Answers (2)
Both Liposuction and surgery to remove lipoma are safe
Liposuction works well for most lipomas but don't allow histological evaluation. They avoid a long scar but commonly there is a small remnant (the connective tissue of the tumor.
Excision allows for complete removal. It requires a longer incision and thus longer scar and provides a specimen for histologic evaluation if that is desired.
Trade off between Lipoma removal with excision versus lliposuction
That is a difficult question to answer.
Lipomas can be removed with:
- Wide excision (the standard of care)
- Squeeze technique
Any technique which leaves a portion of the lipoma behind results in a higher risk of recurrence or possible (small risk) of misdiagnosing a liposarcoma
Minimally invasive techniques have generally lower risks of scarring.
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