Lumps and Bumps Surgery

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How is Surgery Performed?

Your surgeon determines the type of surgery based on the diagnosis. When it is necessary to send a tissue sample to pathology, the lump is excised (cut out) under a local or general anaesthetic. The disadvantage of this method is that it often leaves a scar.

What to Expect During Surgery?

  • You will either have a local or general anaesthetic.
  • If using the excision method, your surgeon will choose the best possible location and technique to avoid scarring.
  • Hair may need to be shaved

What to Expect After Surgery?

  • If you had a local anaesthetic, you can usually go home the same day. A general anaesthetic may mean a hospital stay.
  • You may need painkillers for a few days after the procedure.
  • Driving may be temporarily
  • You may need to have stitches removed once the wound heals.
  • Avoid strenuous activity that may damage the wound site.

Possible Complications

Although uncommon, possible complications include:

  • Swelling or bruising.
  • Infection of the wound.
  • Numb patches of skin around the wound (usually temporary).
  • Sutures that fail to keep the wound closed.
  • Bleeding or weeping wound.