Get to Know Lipoma; Whether You Like It or Not!


There’s an old adage that goes “what you don’t know won’t hurt”. Though it applies to some truths, unfortunately, it doesn’t apply to ALL truths; especially when it’s of medical nature. Sometimes, we have to know the truth before we feel any hurt. If anything looks worrisome, it’s worth some attention. Don’t you think so, too?

See that round flattened lump on your knee part? It doesn’t hurt; ok, fine. So, you allowed it to grow right before your very eyes; just because it doesn’t bother your movements anyway. You touch it once in a while; feeling the soft, spongy texture which can be moved around easily under your skin. You don’t feel any sort of pain or discomfort, so you just shrug it off as nothing.

Years passed. It has grown large in size; so gradual that you didn’t notice it has been growing steadily for many years. Even beneath your jeans, you can feel its very size. You wear your shorts and everyone can’t help but gasped at the unsightly lump; which irritates you more than the lump itself. When you place your laptop on your lap, somehow the lump catches its weight; and somehow, you feel some pain because some pressure has been placed on nearby nerves surrounding the lump. It’s obviously telling you to have it removed soon!

What is it? Now, you’re asking. It’s a LIPOMA; a lump or mass which is composed of fat cells called adipocytes and often develop just underneath the skin and above the muscle. Although it’s common, benign and slow-growing, it can truly grow large in size and multiply in other areas. More commonly, it can grow in the back, shoulders, neck, arms or legs. Although less common, it can also grow on internal organs in the body and pose some real threat.

Lipoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What causes lipoma is not yet specified ,but family history is being viewed as a possibility, and minor injuries in some cases have allegedly triggered such growths and is now called as post-traumatic lipomas. If more than one lipoma develops, it is likely to be an extremely rare and inherited disorder called in the medical field as familial multiple lipomatosis.

If your lump is diagnosed as benign or noncancerous, well and good. But don’t hesitate to have it removed as soon as possible, especially if it is located in an area where it interferes with your movement, can be easily seen, or is prone to be pressed or touched. Have it removed especially if it has grown much in size; it could soon affect some nerves or tissues which could be hazardous to your well-being. It is, after all, still a tumor even if it was initially diagnosed as benign.

The most common treatment for benign lipoma is excision which is a simple surgical procedure and takes less time to remove the growth. Some health provider suggest steroid injections for those who feel less comfortable with excision. However, it can shrink the lipoma but not eliminate it. completely. In really heavy cases, liposuction is seen as more appropriate procedure.

Whatever you choose, the best thing to do is have your worry removed!.