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Lipoma removal

Fatty lumps under the skin are extremely common and can usually be removed fairly easily. In the majority of cases these lumps will grow very slowly and eventually cause an unsightly bulging but sometimes they can be a little uncomfortable too especially  where it may rub an overlying bra strap or catch on a waistband.

Mr Banwell can discuss with you whether the fatty lump (commonly termed a ‘lipoma’) can be removed under a local anaesthetic with you awake or whether you will require a general anaesthetic with you asleep. Rarely a drain may also be required if the lipoma is very large.

Most cases are performed as an outpatient procedure in East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Haywards Heath or London Harley Street. Please do let the team know the  most convenient location for you.

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Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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Lipoma removal
At a Glance

0.5 - 1 hour

SURGERY TIME

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

Outpatient or Day Case or 1 Night stay

HOSPITAL STAY

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

No

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

Possibly

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Lipoma removal
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Discussed by Mr Banwell

SLEEPING POSITION

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

1 day

REASONABLY MOBILE

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

Shower after 1 day, bath after 2 weeks

WASHING

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

Immediately

DRIVING

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

2 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

Immediate

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

2-4 weeks depending on size

FULL RECOVERY

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

24-48 hours (small) 1 week (large)

TIME OFF WORK

Lipoma removal
At a Glance

Not required

BRAS & GARMENTS

This refers simply to the surgical removal (cutting out) of a mole or “lump & bump” on the skin. The resultant wound is usually then put back together with stitches (sutures) but in some cases the lump/mole may be ‘shaved’ off and stitches are not required. There have also been instances of a dermatologist or doctor freezing a mole before removal.

The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic (with you awake and the skin numbed by giving an injection with a needle – just like at the dentist). This is a quick and simple procedure with a short recovery period which will be thoroughly explained to you.

The operation itself may take between 15 – 60 minutes, depending upon what is being removed. You will be in the operating theatre for slightly longer than this to prepare for the surgery process and have the injection of the local anaesthetic.

Aftercare following the surgery will see the wound being dressed with brown micropore tape. This can get wet (showering or washing) but you should not soak in the bath. You will be able to shower the day after surgery, after which you can pat the tape dry with a towel then use a hairdryer. It is important to ensure the tape is fully dried. This will stay in place until after your stitches are removed. Mr Banwell may give you antibiotics in some instances.

You will be able to return to sedentary activity (i.e. an office job) the following day, but should avoid strenuous physical activity for a minimum of 2-weeks. Stitches are removed between 1 and 2 weeks after the surgery. If your lump was shaved off then you will just leave the dressing to fall off in time.

You will be able to drive the following day if you are careful. If the operation was on your face or head, it is important not to bend down or lift things for 48-hours after the operation – this is to minimise the risk of bleeding (for example, when doing up shoe laces, bring your foot up whilst sitting down, rather than bending down). It is also a good idea to use a couple of pillows when sleeping to avoid laying flat. This helps minimize swelling and there may be redness and scarring.

This is a safe, reliable and simple procedure with a low complication rate.

These include wound infection, bleeding (usually just bleeding through the dressing), pain, numbness, damage to nerves and vessels, delayed wound healing and the formation of a lumpy scar (known as a hypertrophic or keloid scar). A further problem occasionally encountered is “suture spitting” – this refers to the deeper dissolvable stitches coming out of the wound often after several weeks (and rarely months) after the surgery.

I am delighted to say that everything has settled down very well and my upper lids are looking extremely good. I would like to thank you for the tremendous care you have taken with me over the past 15 months.


Rosemary F.

I was referred to Mr Paul Banwell in February 2010 when I was diagnosed with an advanced melanoma in the lymph nodes in my left groin.  At my consultation he explained in layman’s terms my diagnosis and all details regarding the operation I needed.  Mr Banwell operated on 27th February 2010. The operation was a complete success – he has removed all the cancer as subsequent scans have proven.  I then spent seven days recuperating in the McIndoe Surgical Centre in East Grinstead under Mr Banwell’s and his specialised teams care. They were all wonderful. Mr Banwell was at my bedside every morning to check my progress. His kindness and caring knew no bounds. He made all my fears and anxieties groundless and replaced them with optimism for a great feature and my aftercare was first class.  I would recommend this highly professional, dedicated, humane family man to all who need any medical intervention. He is the best. How do you thank a man who gives you your life back? There are no adequate words.


Pauline W.

It is hard for me to find the right words to thank you enough for everything you have done for me. I am sure that my speedy recovery is the result of the amazing job you have done. You are such a remarkable man and a great surgeon. Thank you for everything.


Jesma D.

Mr Banwell had honest communication and I felt at ease. I would recommend Mr Banwell because the procedure worked and he was upfront and honest regarding the procedure and potential risks. My overall experience was great, timely and friendly.


Selina R.

After deciding to go down the surgery route I contact Mr Banwell’s team and was dealt with quickly and efficiently but most of all everyone was so friendly and helpful which put me at ease. The care from start to finish and still on-going was 110% and everyone who I dealt with was fantastic. Mr Banwell was always professional and friendly and put me at ease from the very beginning. I am so pleased with my results and putting myself in Mr Banwell’s care was the best thing I could have done. It has completely changed my life and I can’t thank you all enough. I have already recommended you to my aunty! Thanks again.


Ruth G.

I realised initially that surgery was my only option. Initially hesitant about surgery I accepted Mr Banwell’s advice and counselling. I am impressed with his expertise surgically combined with his caring attitude to patients like me. I would recommend him highly without any hesitation. He inspires confidence.


Michael S.

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