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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
At a Glance

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 thought the team were helpful and efficient because they helped me to schedule my appointments around my working hours. They were always at hand to discuss any questions I had with a friendly and professional manor. Mr Banwell was amazing. He was totally honest and helped me decide which type of breast implant and procedure to have. We talked through my torrent of questions and concerns with ease. He asked me how I wanted my breast to look and I said I wanted them as natural as possible and that is exactly what I got. My new breasts have certainly made me feel more confident with ym body. I previously felt inadequate in the breast area and now I can?t stop smiling! I am so pleased with the outcome I only wish I?d done it sooner. The operation certainly wasn?t as scary as I thought it would be and I was looked after with the utmost care.


Samantha S.

From the welcome I got on my first visit to post op consultations, the team were very friendly. Mr Banwell is undoubtedly the most professional and caring surgeon I could wish for. I have felt completely confident in his expertise, and am thrilled with the results. I would not hesitate – and indeed have – recommended him.


Helen F.

During the time I have been in the care of Paul and the team I have been treated extremely well and very professionally, I could not have asked for better care. Paul was extremely caring and considerate throughout this time and has put me at ease during any procedures that I have had carried out. I trust his judgement completely and recommended Paul to a close family member who had a similar problem.


Frances W.

I consider myself blessed when I came across you Mr Banwell. You performed my operation almost a year ago which I am pleased to say was a GREAT success. I am more than pleased with the results, my whole shape is so much more defined and I love it. From the first time I met you at my initial consultation, you put me at ease immediately and never pressured me at any point to undertake the operation, you also never tired of my questions and you offered me only professional sound guidance and advice. You as a surgeon I have found to be completely transparent, knowledgeable, educated beyond most surgeons (that I came across) and totally professional, your skills and attention to detail are second to none.


Susan C.

I am delighted!! Mr Banwell listened to what I wanted and now I have fuller breast that don’t look false!  I would highly recommend him and his team to everyone.  They are all very friendly and the care I received before, during and after was excellent and very professional. Many thanks to you all.


Gemma C.

From initial consultation right through to arrival for surgery and the subsequent aftercare, I have found the level of courtesy, understanding and professionalism of yourself and your team (both medical and administrative) to have been exemplary. So please accept my heartfelt thanks for accepting me as a patient and for your surgical expertise which has made such a positive difference in so many aspects of my life.


Christina C.

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