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Case Number 4815: Excision of Lipoma

This patient came in to see Dr. Pousti about an expanding lesion on her left flank area. It was growing in size during the years and had now become uncomfortable to the patient.  She was referred to Dr. Pousti by a good friend of hers and so she went in to get Dr. Pousti’s professional opinion.ecision of lipoma

You could see the difference in the  two sides of her body. The left side flank was enlarged and very noticeable.

lipectomy surgery

From the back view, the lipomas was apparent as well.

excision of lipoma-abdomen and chest

This appeared to Dr. Pousti to be a lipoma. A lipoma is a benign tumor composed of adipose tissue (body fat).  It is most common form of soft tissue tumor.  Lipomas are soft to the touch, usually movable and are generally painless. Generally lipomas appear in 40-60 year olds.

lipectomy

The morning of surgery, Dr. Pousti marks the area carefully and discusses the excisional surgery with the patient.

lipoma

The lipoma is removed and measures over 5 1/2 inches in length. The tissue was sent to pathology and the patient will follow up in the office.

removal of lipoma

Patient before and 2 weeks after removal of lipoma surgery.

lipoma removalPatient before and 7 weeks after removal of lipoma surgery.


Patient Testimonial:

I’m sorry this is such a long review, but I really want people to understand my experience and how grateful I am to have met Dr. Pousti. :)
I had a lipoma slowly growing on my left side for over 10 years. The last 3 years had been very difficult. It was making comfortable sleep almost impossible and I would have soreness and back pain when trying to stand or walk for long periods of time. Since I didn’t have insurance I thought it was pretty useless to consider removal until I was referred by a friend to contact Dr. Pousti. The thought of stepping into a Plastic Surgeon’s office was not top on my list, but immediately after entering I felt better about the decision. I was greeted with warm smiles and very helpful (and beautiful) young ladies. Then I met Dr. Pousti. To say that he is a nice man is probably the understatement of the century. You are not just another patient to him, you are an individual and he really seems to care about you on a personal level. Dr. Pousti and his team worked very hard to make this surgery something that I could afford to have done. I was shocked that someone who was obviously a wonderful surgeon and didn’t seem to be lacking patients would go through so much to help me. Surgery day has come and gone…I’m still recovering, but feeling better by the minute! On the day of surgery I was nervous, very nervous. The receptionist, nurses, anesthesiologist and of course Dr. Pousti made me feel safe and cared for. Recovery has had its ups and downs, but nothing too bad. My surgery took place on a Thursday and I was back to work on Tuesday. Moving slowly, but able to make it through the day. After the first week I had the drain removed that they had put in place during the surgery so that excess fluids wouldn’t try to take the place of my now non-existent lipoma. Dr. Pousti informed me that the lipoma measured over 5 1/2 inches…yep you heard that right! I am now half way through week 2 and I have some bandages in place with an ace bandage keeping pressure on my side. I was told this will help prevent fluids from still trying to sneak in. There is occasional soreness and I am trying to take it easy, but I feel better day by day.
This has been a life changing experience. I have yet to come up with the words to properly thank Dr. Pousti and his staff for what they have done for me! Since I didn’t have insurance I thought it was pretty useless to consider removal until I was referred by a friend to contact Dr. Pousti.  The thought of stepping into a Plastic Surgeon’s office was not top on my list, but immediately after entering I felt better about the decision.  I was greeted with warm smiles and very helpful (and beautiful) young ladies.  Then I met Dr. Pousti.  To say that he is a nice man is probably the understatement of the century.  You are not just another patient to him, you are an individual and he really seems to care about you on a personal level.  Dr. Pousti and his team worked very hard to make this surgery something that I could afford to have done.  I was shocked that someone who obviously a wonderful surgeon and didn’t seem to be lacking patients would go through so much to help me.  Surgery das has come and gone…I’m still recovering, but feeling better by the minute!  On the day of surgery I was nervous, very nervous. The receptionists, nurses, anesthesiologist and of course Dr. Pousti made me feel safe and cared for. Recovery has had its ups and downs, but nothing too bad.  My surgery took place on a Thursday and I was back to work on Tuesday.  Moving slowly, but able to make it through the day.  After the first week I had the drain removed that they had placed during the surgery so that excess fluids wouldn’t try and take the place of my now no-existing lipoma.  Dr. Pousti informed me that the lipoma measured over 5 ½ inches…yep you heard that right!  I am now half way through week 2 and I have some bandages in place with an ace bandage keeping pressure on my side.  I was told this will help prevent fluids from still trying to sneak in.  There is occasional soreness and I’m trying to take it easy, but I feel better day by day.

This had been a life changing experience.  I have yet to come up with the words to properly thank Dr. Pousti and his staff for what they have done!



Before

14 Months
Patient Testimonial: 
I'm sorry this is such a long review, but I really want people to understand my experience and how grateful I am to have met Dr. Pousti. :) I had a lipoma slowly growing on my left side for over 10 years. The last 3 years had been very difficult. It was making comfortable sleep almost impossible and I would have soreness and back pain when trying to stand or walk for long periods of time. Since I didn't have insurance I thought it was pretty useless to consider removal until I was referred by a friend to contact Dr. Pousti. The thought of stepping into a Plastic Surgeon's office was not top on my list, but immediately after entering I felt better about the decision. I was greeted with warm smiles and very helpful (and beautiful) young ladies. Then I met Dr. Pousti. To say that he is a nice man is probably the understatement of the century. You are not just another patient to him, you are an individual and he really seems to care about you on a personal level. Dr. Pousti and his team worked very hard to make this surgery something that I could afford to have done. I was shocked that someone who was obviously a wonderful surgeon and didn't seem to be lacking patients would go through so much to help me. Surgery day has come and gone...I'm still recovering, but feeling better by the minute! On the day of surgery I was nervous, very nervous. The receptionist, nurses, anesthesiologist and of course Dr. Pousti made me feel safe and cared for. Recovery has had its ups and downs, but nothing too bad. My surgery took place on a Thursday and I was back to work on Tuesday. Moving slowly, but able to make it through the day. After the first week I had the drain removed that they had put in place during the surgery so that excess fluids wouldn't try to take the place of my now non-existent lipoma. Dr. Pousti informed me that the lipoma measured over 5 1/2 inches...yep you heard that right! I am now half way through week 2 and I have some bandages in place with an ace bandage keeping pressure on my side. I was told this will help prevent fluids from still trying to sneak in. There is occasional soreness and I am trying to take it easy, but I feel better day by day. This has been a life changing experience. I have yet to come up with the words to properly thank Dr. Pousti and his staff for what they have done for me! Since I didn’t have insurance I thought it was pretty useless to consider removal until I was referred by a friend to contact Dr. Pousti. The thought of stepping into a Plastic Surgeon’s office was not top on my list, but immediately after entering I felt better about the decision. I was greeted with warm smiles and very helpful (and beautiful) young ladies. Then I met Dr. Pousti. To say that he is a nice man is probably the understatement of the century. You are not just another patient to him, you are an individual and he really seems to care about you on a personal level. Dr. Pousti and his team worked very hard to make this surgery something that I could afford to have done. I was shocked that someone who obviously a wonderful surgeon and didn’t seem to be lacking patients would go through so much to help me. Surgery das has come and gone…I’m still recovering, but feeling better by the minute! On the day of surgery I was nervous, very nervous. The receptionists, nurses, anesthesiologist and of course Dr. Pousti made me feel safe and cared for. Recovery has had its ups and downs, but nothing too bad. My surgery took place on a Thursday and I was back to work on Tuesday. Moving slowly, but able to make it through the day. After the first week I had the drain removed that they had placed during the surgery so that excess fluids wouldn’t try and take the place of my now no-existing lipoma. Dr. Pousti informed me that the lipoma measured over 5 ½ inches…yep you heard that right! I am now half way through week 2 and I have some bandages in place with an ace bandage keeping pressure on my side. I was told this will help prevent fluids from still trying to sneak in. There is occasional soreness and I’m trying to take it easy, but I feel better day by day. This had been a life changing experience. I have yet to come up with the words to properly thank Dr. Pousti and his staff for what they have done!

 



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