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Do lipomas return after surgical removal

By Anonymous June 10, 2009 - 3:35pm
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I had a lipoma removed in November 08 from my right side. It was painful and growing. Now it has returned in the same location but seems to be larger and hurts more than the last one.
Question is, can lipomas return in the same location after being surgically removed?

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Yes they can. Reason for that is that not everything was taken out. Have you seen a lipoma actually? See website: www.amnet.net.au/~klausg I had 40 operations


July 10, 2009 - 8:17pm
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April 9, 2016 - 3:15am

Anon, welcome to EmpowHer, and thank you for your question! I was also very interested in the answer, since I too have had limpomas in the past.

For those who don't know, limpomas are small, fatty pockets beneath the skin that are soft and movable when touched or pushed. They are the most common kind of soft-tissue tumor. They are benign growths that don't turn cancerous, so nothing has to be done about them. But if they grow in an area where they are a nuisance -- mine, for instance, grew right beneath a bra strap -- or if they are causing pain, they are easily removed with local anesthesia and outpatient surgery.

Anon, I found that yes, they can recur in the same place.

Was yours done with an incision, or with through liposuction? Apparently the latter does have a higher rate of recurrence, though they can come back regardless of procedure. Also, it's apparently very important to get all the "globules" of the limpoma out intact to help prevent its regrowth. The one number I saw was that recurrence rate is about 5% for most limpomas. (Happily, the one under my strap did not come back). And as you probably know, if we get one, we are more likely to get others later.

What does your doctor say about this limpoma? Is it very close to a muscle? Locations like that apparently cause more pain than do locations where movement isn't quite as demanding, and are more apt to recur. Still benign, of course, but intramuscular and more difficult to remove; the recurrence rate of that kind can be as high as 62%, according to the Baylor College of Medicine.

Here are a couple of resources I found about lipomas:




Are you thinking of having your lipoma removed again? I'm sure that's discouraging, but it sounds like the pain involved may make it necessary.

June 11, 2009 - 9:56am
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