I hope noone will be offended by this but I had a lipoma start growing on my spematic cord about four months ago after a bout of intense itching in the groin area. I won't bore you with all the details but I went through a zillion tests, doctors, surgeons, etc before I found out what this *thing* was. I'm told that it is not malignant and the surgeon/urologist told me that when I was ready to have it removed, to just let him know and he would set up an appointment for me but that as long as it wasn't really bothering me, maybe I would just want to hold off for now.
Well, the last time I saw anyone about this was several months ago and I havn't really experienced any pain but now it's beginning to act up a little bit and when I touch it, it feels sore and I'm a little concerned. I'm also wondering...what happenes to these things (lipomas) if you just leave them alone?. Do they eventually go away?. Do they shrink or get bigger?. Do they multiply?. Do they become malignant?. I had a lot of sophisticated tests done and everyone I've seen (and there have been many) has told me that it wasn't cancerous.
I'm also wondering about treatment options. The surgeon told me that he would operate on it the same way they do an inguinal hernia operation. He would actually be cutting the lipoma away from the cremaster muscle of my spermatic cord...which is very close to the testicle...a thought that makes me sick to think about it. I understand there is swelling in the testicles, penis and abdomen as well as heavy bruising. You can even lose a testicle. Blood clots and infection are some other risks. I would be interested in any non-surgical methods for making this thing go away (ie; liposuction or that injection they give you to atrophy the fat, etc). I would also be interested in any advice for managing the pain and discomfort of the lipoma.
Well, sorry for all the typing. I'll close for now and want to let you all know that I can relate to some of these posts. God bless all of you and I hope to hear from you soon