I understand lipoma's can recur if some tissue was missed upon removal. That seems to be my issue after having a lipoma in my wrist removed 16 months ago. Unfortunately it causes me pain if I use my hand for long periods of time and seems to get larger as well (Swelling of the wrist causing it to become more raised?) Is there any other option other than sugery to fix this?
Is Surgery The Only Option For Recurring Wrist Lipoma?
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Wrist lipoma recurrence
You need to make sure that what you are describing is a LIPOMA and not a GANGLION CYST of the wrist.
If it is a lipoma, it couls be intra articular lipoma(in the joint).
You may need an MRI of the wrist and see a hand specialist
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A lipoma of the wrist is an unusual location so I would be sure that the pathology report states that it is truly is a lipoma. Another common mass in that region would be a ganglion cyst and they can recur. I would also recommend an MRI to evaluate the size and location of your current mass. This will help guide the surgeon during the removal. If it is really a lipoma, then there really isn't another option other than surgery.
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