Skin lesion surgery is a procedure to remove growths on the skin. Depending on the size and type, the lesion can be removed in many ways that include biopsy, excision, cryosurgery, curettage, electrocautery, laser surgery or Mohs micrographic surgery. Most of these procedures take about 5 to 20 minutes and are done in the office. Most people can go back to their normal routine on the same day or the day after the procedure. Follow-up care is a key part of the treatment.
An abscess is a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Abscesses can develop anywhere in the body. A skin abscess often appears as a swollen, painful, pus-filled lump under the surface of the skin. Patients may also have other symptoms of an infection, such as a high temperature and chills.
A small skin abscess may drain naturally, or simply shrink, dry up and disappear without any treatment. However, larger abscesses may need to be treated with antibiotics to clear the infection, and the pus may need to be drained. Abscess drainage procedure is usually done either by inserting a needle through skin or by making a small incision in the skin over the abscess.
Lipomas are slow-growing, benign lump of fatty tissue located between the skin and the underlying muscle. They are the most common soft tissue tumor found in adults, more common in middle aged men. Some people have more than one lipoma. Lipomas can occur anywhere in the body, most commonly in the neck, shoulders and back. They are soft and dough-like to palpation. Most lipomas are less than two inches, but they can grow to larger sizes. Larger size lipomas may become painful if they press on the surrounding nerves.
Surgery is the treatment to completely remove a symptomatic lipoma.
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