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Old 10-13-2018, 10:29 AM
 
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My husband had one removed from the back of his neck years ago, it was about 1 inch by 1 inch. He had it done via local anesthesia. It turned out to be deeper than they expected (it had "roots"), but they dug around and got all of it and it never came back. They did test it to make sure it wasn't something called liposarcoma (I think that's what the cancerous variant is called) and thankfully it was benign.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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In 15 years I'd have to think they have more anesthesia options than then for you to try. But don't say it is "just" a lymphoma after you spent paragraphs talking about how painful and disfiguring it was becoming. It needs to come out. Go to a doctor you trust and give a lot of detail about your earlier experience to the anesthesiologist if that will be required.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:22 AM
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I've never had a lipoma, but I've had drains. The simplest are just a bit of tubing that lets fluid drain by gravity.
The fancy ones have a bulb attached that sucks out the fluid.
Most are needed for only a few days to a couple of weeks. They can be an irritating nuisance, but not generally painful.

But since you mentioned morbid fascination...I've had a drain for FOUR MONTHS now. The fluid collection it is draining has been very slow to heal. Doc finally took it out after twelve weeks, to see if I really needed it. I got rather sick--fevers and pain--so they put the drain back. But now I'm getting IV antibiotics, and I think things are getting better.

Some wounds just don't heal, and the drains stay in FOREVER.

Did I freak you out? I'm kinda freaked myself.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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My husband had one removed from the back of his neck years ago, it was about 1 inch by 1 inch. He had it done via local anesthesia. It turned out to be deeper than they expected (it had "roots"), but they dug around and got all of it and it never came back. They did test it to make sure it wasn't something called liposarcoma (I think that's what the cancerous variant is called) and thankfully it was benign.
Yes, they are going to biopsy mine too but I doubt it's anything scary. Honestly at this point that's the least of my concerns!

Glad your husband's treatment turned out well!
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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In 15 years I'd have to think they have more anesthesia options than then for you to try. But don't say it is "just" a lymphoma after you spent paragraphs talking about how painful and disfiguring it was becoming. It needs to come out. Go to a doctor you trust and give a lot of detail about your earlier experience to the anesthesiologist if that will be required.
Yes, it definitely is painful. You'd have to look hard to see it in a shirt, but naked it's very obvious.

I agree, it needs to come out.

You know, I was thinking about something. This is exactly where I fell 20 years ago - exactly where I dislocated three ribs in my upper back (it was a rather spectacular fall on ice, off a tall porch - wow, that hurt like the dickens!). I have had swelling and a knot off and on in that exact area ever since, and since the knot came and went, and flared up with some movements and then would sort of subside, I didn't consider a lipoma, but now I wonder if it's been growing there ever since. Supposedly they grow slowly. I don't know.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I've never had a lipoma, but I've had drains. The simplest are just a bit of tubing that lets fluid drain by gravity.
The fancy ones have a bulb attached that sucks out the fluid.
Most are needed for only a few days to a couple of weeks. They can be an irritating nuisance, but not generally painful.

But since you mentioned morbid fascination...I've had a drain for FOUR MONTHS now. The fluid collection it is draining has been very slow to heal. Doc finally took it out after twelve weeks, to see if I really needed it. I got rather sick--fevers and pain--so they put the drain back. But now I'm getting IV antibiotics, and I think things are getting better.

Some wounds just don't heal, and the drains stay in FOREVER.

Did I freak you out? I'm kinda freaked myself.
Yes, now I am totally freaked out - thank you for that visual!

On a more serious note, wow, I hope you recover soon. What an ordeal you must have been going through.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:30 PM
 
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I have quite a few small ones on my arms and two significant ones near the base of my spine which I only just discovered this summer and they are keeping watch over.

We have good health care here. I was seen, tested and given a diagnosis and prognosis all within the same afternoon. So maybe some of these can be dangerous?

I was told they are a gift of my northern European heritage so apparently they can be genetically transmitted.

The plastic surgeon told me that pressure would have to be applied for quite a while after surgery and he thought it wasn't worth the hassle as long as they don't cause pain. He also said that sometimes they come back after removal.

I've thought about a second opinion.

Quasimodo. LOL
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I have quite a few small ones on my arms and two significant ones near the base of my spine which I only just discovered this summer and they are keeping watch over.

We have good health care here. I was seen, tested and given a diagnosis and prognosis all within the same afternoon. So maybe some of these can be dangerous?

I was told they are a gift of my northern European heritage so apparently they can be genetically transmitted.

The plastic surgeon told me that pressure would have to be applied for quite a while after surgery and he thought it wasn't worth the hassle as long as they don't cause pain. He also said that sometimes they come back after removal.

I've thought about a second opinion.

Quasimodo. LOL
LOL my husband had one in nearly the exact spot and we called his his primordial twin and eventually we named it Falve Jones. So now we're calling mine Falvetta Jones.

We have good health care here too - I was referred (didn't have to have a referral but I was at my family doctor's office anyway) and seen a couple of days later, and then diagnosed (visually but they will biopsy it after surgery), labs and EKG done the same day - I mean the surgery is in about ten days but that was more to accommodate my husband's schedule because I need him here to drive me home. Otherwise I could have had the surgery in less than a week. Considering it's general anesthesia, and not a life threatening emergency, I was pleased overall with the pace of things.

I was disappointed that I couldn't just get it removed in the doctor's office but apparently it's too big for that. Ugh.

I am glad they are keeping an eye on those near your spine - that's one thing that got their attention with mine - it's about one inch to the right of my spine.

Northern European heritage huh? I just had a nurse friend tell me the same thing and I am 99 percent Northern European according to 23 and me! LOL
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:50 PM
 
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Yes, they are going to biopsy mine too but I doubt it's anything scary. Honestly at this point that's the least of my concerns!

Glad your husband's treatment turned out well!

I very much doubt it too, it is extremely rare for them to turn into anything bad.
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I've had one removed from my armpit (not ideal). I was referred to another doctor (I don't remember the specialty, surgeon?) by my GP. He looked at it and said lipoma (never heard of such). I had them remove it that day under local. It was no big deal. I looked at it after it came out - it was a nasty looking little dude. The worst part for me was not being able to wear deodorant until the stitches came out.
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