My friend has a lot of lipomas on his body: on legs, arms, everywhere. His doctor advised not to remove them because it is going to be too much of pain and surgery. Is this decision good or bad? What could happen if Lipoma removal is not performed? Will it be dangerous?
Is It Okay Not to Remove Multiple Lipomas?
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Multiple lipomas and surgery
Lipomas are benign fatty tumors that pose minimal risk for malignancy. Multiple lipomas can be removed with surgery. The most common approach is to treat the most symptomatic lipomas first and observe non-symptomatic lesions.
Not all soft tissue tumors are lipomas
As long as your friend is willing to accept the risk should one or more of these tumors not be a lipoma, then it might be OK not to remove them all. It is really a matter of personal choice. The only way to know for sure what a tumor really is, is to remove it and send it to a pathologist for processing and evaluation.
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