Lipoma Removal Surgery and Cost

Definition of Lipoma

A lipoma is a benign, harmless mass of adipose tissue that forms between the skin and the muscle beneath it. While any tumor on your body can be frightening, lipomas are almost always innocuous. They should, however, be examined by the doctor simply to be secure.

They are the most frequent soft tissue tumor in adults. It’s possible to have many lipomas, and males are statistically more likely than females to have them.

Epidemiology of lipoma

Lipomas are the most frequent type of adipose tissue tumor in adults, and they usually appear between the ages of 30 and 50. Annually, they affect 2 people out of 1,000. They may have an impact on 1% of the population. Males are probably more likely than females to have them. As per Stat-Pearls, 5 percent of patients with lipomas have more than one of them.

Etiology of lipoma

Lipomas etiology is unclear among medical specialists, however some believe they are a reaction to physical trauma. Others believe that the lipomas already exist and is only being discovered and brought to the surface as a result of the injury.

Some proposed risk factors of lipoma

Lack of Physical Activity: Regular exercise may safeguard you. Lipomas are thought to be more common in sedentary individuals, according to some clinicians.
Genetics: Because lipomas are typically passed down within families, genes may have an impact.
Age: Lipomas can form in anybody, but they are most common in middle-aged adults between the ages of 30 and 50.
Certain Medical Problems: Gardner syndrome (a hereditary illness that causes cancerous and noncancerous tumors to form), familial multiple lipomatosis, and Madelung’s disease all increase the risk of developing lipomas.

Diagnosis of Lipoma

Your doctor will gather information about your medical history and conduct a physical examination. However, in some circumstances, they may want to use the following tests to exclude any additional problems:
• X-ray
• Ultrasound
• CT scan
• MRI scan
• Taking tissue biopsy

In the vast majority of cases, a biopsy is really not required. Your physician, on the other hand, may want to extract a tiny sample of the mass to analyze under a microscope.
The purpose of these diagnostic tools is to exclude the liposarcoma, an uncommon adipose tissue tumor.

Management of Lipoma

Except if a lipoma is bothering you, it is typically not necessary to treat it. Nonetheless, your doctor would advise that you have regular checks to ensure that the tumor does not grow or change in any way.
Your doctor may also recommend that you get the lipoma removed if it is troubling you, making you uncomfortable, or if it is expanding.

Surgery is the only option that will totally eliminate the lipoma.

Lipoma Removal Cost

Either you go through insurance or not determines the cost. The insurance-contracted prices differ by size and location, but normally for lipomas lying on the body, the prices are roughly 300-500$ for a mass less than 5 cm and 700-1000 for a mass greater than 5 cm.

The cut for the face is 2cm (less than 2cm around 350$) and much more than 2cm around 700-1000.

When there are several lipomas, each succeeding lipoma is charged half the cost of the first lipoma removal. If you have three 2cm lipomas on your forearm, for instance, the total will be 500+250 +250 = 1000. In fact, the amount the client pays varies widely depending on the insurance, since some have huge limits and may pay everything, while others small limit and may only pay a portion.

Other factors affecting the cost of lipoma removal

Where will your surgery take place
The cost of surgery in your doctor’s own clinic could be less than that of a hospital.

Anesthesia method
Local anesthetic can be used to treat the majority of lipomas; however, big lipomas may require general anesthesia. IV sedation, in which you are completely asleep, is usually the more expensive alternative. The most affordable type of anesthesia is local anesthetic. The overall price of your anesthesia typically involves the anesthesia practitioner charge as well as the facility anesthesia fee, which covers equipment, drugs, and support staff.

Who is performing anesthetic techniques
An anesthetist(nurse) who is qualified to provide anesthesia and may be less expensive than an anesthesiologist (general practitioner). A boarded anesthesiologist, on the other hand, may improve your risk, which is always worth the cash.

The procedure’s difficulty or the number of procedures
If you require a huge lipoma excised or many lipomas eliminated, your costs may skyrocket. Only your surgeon can provide you with an accurate estimate depending on your situation and whether or not there are any consequences.

The place of performing the surgery
Medical offices in places where the cost of living is higher usually charge more.

References

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/191233-overview
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15008-lipomas
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lipoma/symptoms-causes/syc-20374470


Sharif Samir

Dr.Sharif Samir Alijla, a general medical doctor and a well-rounded professional that cares and treats patients from Palestine. I participated in many medical studies and conferences, I've launched a range of community initiatives and taken part in a variety of leadership and change training programs. I worked as an author for many medical websites such as TebFact . I specialized in writing medical articles from authoritative and updated sources in a simple and smooth way for the reader.