How peeled skin heals
Removal of skin and soft tissue tumors
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Benign neoplasms are found relatively often in fatty tissue (lipoma) or in connective tissue (fibroma). The so-called groats bag, which can be found near the sebum glands and contains dead skin cells, is one of the benign soft tissue tumors. Don't be afraid of the expression tumor, benign tumors have nothing to do with cancer. Unlike cancerous tumors, benign tumors usually grow in capsules, do not migrate into the surrounding tissue and do not form daughter tumors (metastases). Most of the time they don't cause any pain and you only notice a soft or resilient bump that can be easily moved with your fingers. Nevertheless, they are often surgically removed because they are either cosmetically disruptive or their size presses on the surrounding tissue.
What happens during this procedure?
The operation is usually simple and straightforward. An incision is made over the soft tissue tumor and then the tumor and its capsule are carefully peeled out and removed. Since a soft tissue tumor is not firmly bonded to its surroundings, sharp instruments are often not necessary and, as with cancer surgery, there is no need to keep a safe distance from healthy tissue. Then the wound is sutured again with a few stitches.
As a precaution, the removed tissue is always sent to a specialist (pathologist) for a tissue examination. Only this can determine with one hundred percent certainty that it was actually a benign neoplasm.
When does the doctor advise you to have this procedure?
In principle, the decision is yours. If the soft tissue tumor does not bother you further, it can be left without any health risks. Depending on the location, however, the soft tissue tumors, such as those on the forehead, can be cosmetically very disturbing. Surgery is also indicated if the tumor causes symptoms, e.g. if it presses on a nerve.
The doctor will also advise you to have an operation if he is not entirely sure of his diagnosis and wants to have the tumor examined in a histological manner.
Which stunning method is usually used?
Depending on their size and location, soft tissue tumors can be removed under local anesthesia (reference: local anesthesia) or under general anesthesia. (Reference: general anesthesia)
How long does the procedure take on average?
The duration of the procedure also depends on the location and size of the soft tissue tumor. The small operation often only takes a few minutes.
Who may not be suitable for this procedure?
Before a possible general anesthesia, the anesthetist (anesthetist) checks the anesthesia ability. In the case of certain serious underlying diseases, he may advise against an operation under general anesthesia, since it is not a vital operation. It is possible that alternative exercise methods will then be sought that are less stressful for the entire organism.
How is the risk to be assessed?
The risk of removing a soft tissue or tumor is very low. Before the procedure, your doctor will provide you with comprehensive information about extremely rare complications such as bleeding, nerve injuries, infections or wound healing disorders.
What do you have to consider before the procedure?
If the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, you should not eat or drink any more cloudy liquids 6 hours before the anesthesia! Clear liquids should also not be drunk 2 hours before anesthesia. (Exception: preparation tablet (s) with a little water) No more smoking on the day of anesthesia. If you take medication in the morning, please discuss with your anesthetist which medication you can still take before anesthesia.
What happens after the procedure and what should be considered?
If the procedure was performed under general anesthesia, you will remain under observation for a few hours after the procedure - until you feel fit to go home. The anesthesia will subside relatively quickly, so that you will soon be responsive again. However, it may take a little longer before you are completely clear in your head again. You are therefore not allowed to drive your own car on the day of the operation and you should also not use public transport on your own. Have family or friends pick you up or take a taxi home. You may be exhausted and sleepy for several hours after the procedure. So lie down in bed and rest. However, you should take a few steps on the day of the operation to get your circulation going again.
If the procedure was performed under local anesthesia, you can get up immediately after the procedure and go home after a short period of observation.
When does the next doctor's appointment usually take place?
Just a few days after the operation, the doctor will order you to go to the practice for a check-up. In your own interest, you should absolutely keep this appointment. The doctor will check the wound and possibly pull the stitches. He may also be able to tell you about the findings of the tissue examination.
If you get a fever or severe pain at home, or if you notice reddening or other signs of inflammation on the wound, you should contact your doctor immediately. Even if you are unsure and still have questions about the normal course of healing, in practice no one will be angry with you if you call for advice
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