Skin & Soft Tissue Surgery

The following are procedures on skin and soft tissue offered in our practice.

Excision of Lipomas

Lipomas are benign fatty tumors that may be present in the subcutaneous tissues of the torso and the extremities. They are felt as soft nodules under the skin and are easy to move around. They are usually small, but with time they can grow in size. Lipomas are usually painless but can become painful as a result of inflammation. Lipomas can also occur within the abdominal cavity. Treatment of lipomas include observation or surgical excision. In the early stage, they are safe to observe. If they grow in size or become symptomatic or cosmetically unappealing, they can be excised. Surgery for removal of lipoma is relatively simple, takes 10-15 minutes, and is performed under sedation at an ambulatory surgery center. There are usually no restrictions following surgery, and recovery is within 1-2 days.

Excision of Sebaceous or Keratinous Cysts

Sebaceous or Keratinous cysts are benign cysts that exist in the subcutaneous tissues of scalp, face, torso, or extremities. They are round, firm, and fixed underneath the skin. They can get infected, causing pain, redness, and drainage. During an active infection, treatment is by antibiotics, followed by incision and drainage if necessary. The definite treatment of sebaceous cyst is by surgical excision when the cyst is not infected. Surgery for excision of sebaceous cyst is simple. It takes 10-15 minutes and is performed under sedation at an ambulatory surgery center. There are usually no restrictions following surgery, and recovery is within 1-2 days.

Lymph Node Biopsy

Lymph nodes may be enlarged due to inflammation, infection, or cancer. In the absence of signs and symptoms of inflammation or infection, lymph nodes larger than 1 cm, growing in size, or present in multiple locations, may require biopsy to rule out cancer. Sometimes imaging such as ultrasound or CT scan may provide additional information that will be help in planning of surgery. An excisional lymph node biopsy is a relatively simple procedure. It is performed under sedation at an ambulatory surgery center. It usually takes 15 minutes to complete. Recovery is 1-2 days.