Q & A
What is a Lipoma?
A Lipoma is a lump of fat cells or adipose tissue that grows in your body's soft tissues. Though it’s classified as a tumor, it’s usually harmless. It is commonly seen in the lower extremity near the ankle.
Diagnosis is typically made by clinical exam.
Since lipomas aren’t harmful, doctors often leave them alone. You may want to monitor the lipoma between visits. If one hurts or you don’t like the way it looks, you might want to have it removed. Dr. Tien can remove it surgically with a small incision. Stitches will be placed and are left in for about 12-14 days.
Other Commonly Found Masses in the Foot and Ankle:
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