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Old 07-26-2003, 06:55 PM   #1
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Question Lipoma (fatty tumor) in a strange place


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

- Doug

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Not that i have any real help to offer, but my mother in law had one on her arm and they also told her to leave it. They don't go away, but some can take a while to get to the stage where they are big, tender or don't look nice (depending where they are on the body). She had hers surgically removed and wasn't given any other choice on removal. That was a few years ago now and she is fine.

My husband and i have a pet parrot and he has had to have a lympoma removed from his behind twice now. The first time the vet couldn't get all the fatty tissue out and so it grew back rather quickly a second time. On the second surgery he was able to remove it all, (much to our parrot's relief) and our bird is fine. I don't think he liked having a row of stitches along his back side So there you go, even animals can get lympomas, not just humans.

Old 07-28-2003, 07:07 PM   #3
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Hey Doug,
I'm from Tulsa, also. My husband has lipomas, also, but not in the location you are talking about. He had one removed on his forearm by a plastic surgeon because I thought it looked gross having a big lump on his arm. He has others also, but since we're between insurance now he is waiting. I have done much research on them. If I had one in the area you do I would probably get taken care of. They are fatty tumors and they can get bigger. I wanted to tell you about website where all it is about is lipomas and theres a huge message board you might want to look at and see if anyone has any similar to yours. It is [url=""][/url] It is amazing how many people battle them. I think you on the right track with the urological surgeon, tho. Good luck. Let me know.


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Heh, I'm from Tulsa, also. Anyway, my husband has lipomas. He had one removed from his forearm because it looked pretty weird. He has quite a few more and I am wanting him to get them removed. He's between insurance right now, but he said he will do it. He said they don't bother him, well they bother me!!! Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I've done a lot of searching around on the topic and I think you are on the right track seeing a urologist/surgeon. My husband doesn't have any in that area but I would definitely look into taking care of it. I wanted to tell you about this website called [url=""][/url] There's ton's of info on there, where people talk about theirs and you'll probably find someone w/the same type as yours. Thought this might be of help. Good luck.

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