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Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
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I have a lipoma on my right arm and it has increased in size,

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I have a lipoma on my right arm and it has increased in size, about the size of a golf ball. Is surgery the only alternative, or are there any other alternatives like liposuction or other alternatives. Years ago, a dermatologist could not remove it because it is in the crease of the inner arm, apparently where there are some nerves. ALSO, is this a sign of kidney problems. The only med I take is Levoxyl for hypothyroidism. I do not drink and have a healthier diet and lifestyle than most people.

Hello Contractor ,

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I am sorry that your question wan unanswered for very long.

I am afraid surgery is the only option for lipoma which is enlarging. Liposuction is not the procedure of the choice as it has an high recurrence rate. There are no other alternative therapies like herbs or homeopathy which are not likely to be efficacious completely. An increasing lipoma needs a surgical removal.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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I just asked you a question about the lipoma. You replied that liposuction has a high chance of reocurrence. My question is: Is liposuction safe, since the lipoma is below the inner crease of my arm, will the liposuction affect any nerves - or is liposuction safe? I am trying to avoid surgery, since I have hypothyroidism, and may be more at risk when being anesthesized.

Hello and welcome Contractor,

Liposuction is safe and causing nerve injury is quite unlikely. Though as discussed, there is a chance of recurrence.

It is privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun