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Lipoma Removal

Lipoma removal is a surgical procedure aimed at eliminating lipomas, which are benign (non-cancerous) fatty growths beneath the skin. These growths are typically soft, movable, and painless, and while they are generally harmless, removal may be desired for cosmetic reasons or if they cause discomfort or restrict movement. The skilled surgeons at St John & Elizabeth Hospital are adept at performing lipoma removal, offering patients a safe and effective solution with minimal risk of complications.

Also known as: fatty lump removal, soft tissue tumour removal

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Everything You Need to Know

Lipomas are common and can occur anywhere on the body, but they are most frequently found on the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs. They are slow-growing and usually harmless, but in rare cases, they can become painful or grow in sensitive areas, necessitating removal. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we use state-of-the-art techniques for lipoma removal, ensuring a smooth and comfortable patient experience from consultation through recovery.

Before Surgery

Initial Consultation

Your journey to lipoma removal begins with an in-depth consultation with our surgical team. This session allows you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have and enables our surgeons to assess your condition thoroughly.

Diagnostic Assessments

Although lipomas are typically easy to diagnose through physical examination, imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis and plan the best approach for removal.

Preparing for Your Treatment

Preparation for lipoma removal is minimal, and our team will guide you through the necessary steps. This may include guidelines on eating, drinking, and medication adjustments before your procedure.

During Surgery

Lipoma removal is usually carried out under local anesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake but the area around the lipoma will be numbed. The procedure involves making a small incision over the lipoma, removing the growth, and then closing the incision with stitches.

Medication Management

If needed, medication for pain relief will be prescribed post-procedure. Our team will provide you with all the necessary information regarding any medication you may need to take.

Post-Procedure Care

Instructions on caring for the incision site will be provided, including how to keep it clean and dry to ensure optimal healing.

After Surgery

Recovery from lipoma removal is typically quick, with most patients able to resume their usual activities shortly after the procedure.

  • Follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and ensure the best possible outcome.
  • Guidance on scar care and management, if necessary.
Hospital Fee Guaranteed


The price shown includes all costs associated with your treatment, from admission to discharge.

Doesn’t include surgeon or anaesthetist fee.

Our hospital fee is guaranteed at the price quoted and valid for one month from the date issued, subject to pre-assessment.

How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.

Appointment and Treatment Plan


Initial Consultation

Discuss your concerns and receive a thorough examination to assess the lipoma.


Personalised Treatment Plan

Receive a custom treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, including details on the procedure and recovery.


Pre-Op Assessment

Undergo any necessary diagnostic tests to prepare for your procedure.


The Procedure

Have your lipoma safely removed by our experienced surgical team.


Aftercare and Recovery

Benefit from our comprehensive aftercare support to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

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