Lipoma Removal - Would Surgery Require an Overnight Hospital Stay?

I have a lipoma on the back of my neck and am planning on having it removed. Can I leave the hospital the same day as the surgery or would I have to stay overnight?

Doctor Answers 22

Most likely same day surgery

Unless there is some underlying medical reason that the doctor would want to observe you overnight, or if the lipomas are quite large, you would most likely be able to go home the same day.  It's hard to know without examining you first, but in most cases this is an outpatient procedure.


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Outpatient lipoma removal

Generally, I perform removal of subcutaneous lipomas in my office surgery suite. For sub muscular lipomas or if there are medical indications for an ambulatory or hospital setting, this is always same day surgery and does not require an overnight stay. You should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to insure that, if the lipoma is diffuse or complex, your physician has the ability to completely remove the mass and has the facility to handle bleeding or other complications.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Very rarely does lipoma surgery require overnight stay

Large or small, subcutaneous or other, drain or no drain, rarely do lipomas require hospitalization. Most of these can be resected under local anesthesia and sometimes, for anxious patients, general anesthesia may be preferred. A thorough discussion with the surgeon regarding all of these issues can help make this a comfortable experience for the patient. If a drain is necessary, it can be removed in the office several days after the procedure. Only giant lipomas that are resected require drain placement.

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
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Generally speaking removal of a lipoma is an outpatient...

Generally speaking removal of a lipoma is an outpatient surgery sone under local anesthesia and you will be able to go home sortly after the surgery. The specifics of your medical condition and the location of the lipoma may alter that but I doubt it.
You should definitely consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can advise on the best way to proceed with your surgery.

Robert W. Kessler, MD, FACS
Corona Del Mar Plastic Surgeon
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Lipoma removal?

Lipomas are best served being surgically excised.  This will significantly reduce the possibility that it will return.  Depending on the size and location, they may be removed under simple local anesthesia and possibly in the office.  I would discuss the options with a plastic surgeon who can examine you and discuss the options and procedure.  Almost routinely they are outpatient procedures.  There are other things that this soft tissue mass may be and it is wisest to have it examined prior to consideration for any surgical excision.

Liposuction, although an option, is not a great modality due to the recurrence rate as well as not knowing what this mass actually is.  Steroids is not an honored treatment for lipomas.  Cost will vary upon the examination of the mass, location and complexity of the mass, and will increase if done at a surgery center and use of anesthesia.  Thank you for your question.  Hope that his helps!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Does Lipoma Removal Require an Overnight Stay?

Some lipomas invade the underlying muscle fascia or arise deep between muscles. These require careful surgery and could involve an overnight stay. But the smaller, superficial lipomas that are by far the most common, are just under the skin. In my practice, these are office procedures done under local anesthesia and some oral sedation. 

Since I use the Smartlipo Triplex laser to help remove the lipoma, the approach is through two, 3 mm incisions, not a longer incision. This helps the recovery as well as avoiding the longer scar.

When asked specific questions about an area such as the neck, the answer is that the doctor would have to evaluate that lipoma in person to make an accurate answer.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
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Usually is a same day surgery

Lipoma is a benign adipose  tissue tumour.

Surgical excision of a lipoma is a very simple surgical manouver.

Usually, lipomas are removed under local anesthesia and don't require hospitalization. Depending on lipoma size and patients clinical particulars -specially if general anesthesia required- a overnight hospital stay may be required.

Enrique Etxeberria, MD
Spain Plastic Surgeon
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Overnight Stay for Lipoma Surgery?

It would be extremely unusual for lipoma surgery to require a hospital stay. The only exception might be a particularly large or intramuscular lipoma that was difficult to remove or was complicated by bleeding or another complication not related to the lipoma itself. It would also be very rare to have lipoma surgery in a surgery center or in a hospital operating room. The vast majority of lipomas can be easily and safely removed in a doctor's office.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lipoma surgery is an outpatient procedure

In the majority of cases lipoma removal should be able to be performed in an outpatient setting under local anaesthesia.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Lipoma removal should be outpatient

Almost all lipoma removal should be able to be performed in an outpatient setting. Delayed recovery from general anesthesia (e.g. fluid overload in the lungs) would be the only reason to have an overnight hospital stay  from an outpatient procedure such as lipoma removal. Therefore, always ask your plastic surgeon or dermatologic surgeon if surgical procedures can be done without general anesthesia.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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