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Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin. They are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells and can develop anywhere on the body. They are usually found on the shoulders, neck, chest, arms, or back, and feel like smooth rubbery masses beneath the skin. Lipomas can grow from pea-sized to a few centimetres across and grow slowly, rarely causing any other problems or complications.
Although lipomas are harmless and usually don’t require any treatment, they can become unsightly if they are in an obvious position, or they can start to cause discomfort. NHS GPs will rarely, if ever, refer you for a lipoma removal, however, lipoma removal is an option if you would prefer to be lipoma free.
Lipoma removal is regarded as cosmetic in most circumstances by the NHS, meaning removal is not readily available through them. However, Summerfield Healthcare offers private lipoma removal with no need for an NHS referral and undertaken by one of our expert clinicians in our modern and comfortable clinics.
Because lipomas vary in size and can appear anywhere on the body, the surgical procedures used depend on the nature and location of the lipoma. Before any surgery, you will see one of our consultants who will be able to talk you through the procedure step-by-step and answer any questions you may have.
Lipomas are removed at Summerfield Healthcare by performing a small operation under local anaesthetic.
Once the skin is numb, a small incision is made in the skin over the lump, and the lump is removed. The cut is then cleaned and stitched and in most cases there is only minimal scarring from the procedure.
Stitches (sutures) are typically used to close the incision as we will be closing multiple layers of tissue. Stitches offer optimal healing and need to be removed 7-14 days after the procedure. Our team will assist you in arranging your suture removal as part of our aftercare treatment.
As lipoma removal is done under local anaesthetic and is an outpatient surgery, you will be able to leave our clinic on the same day. Depending on the nature and location of the lipoma, you may need to limit certain activities for up to 2 weeks while the wound heals. All of this can be discussed in detail with your consultant before the surgery so you can make any necessary arrangements for recovery.
You do not need a referral to book your lipoma removal consultation with our plastic surgeon led team.
As the NHS views lipoma removal as cosmetic only, the procedure is not available through your NHS GP. We offer a fast track consultation service as well as the removal itself so that you don’t need to worry about getting a diagnosis or the right referral.
Using our service also guarantees quick appointment times that suit you. We do not have long waiting lists, and our service is flexible so that we can accommodate your needs.
We offer lipoma removal in Wolverhampton, and lipoma removal in Shrewsbury, both performed in one of our state-of-the-art clinics.
After the surgery, you have the option to decide whether you would like us to inform your NHS GP of the surgery. All our procedures are private and confidential, and this decision is entirely at your discretion.
Although we are a private healthcare provider, our priority is you and your health. That’s why we are committed to giving you excellent healthcare at affordable prices. Our booking team and clinicians are dedicated to ensuring you don’t incur any unnecessary costs when arranging your procedure.
We offer an enquiry triage process allowing you to use the enquiry form below to upload a photograph of your lipoma(s). We will then advise you on which of our clinicians you need to see, based on the complexity of your case.
We can also offer a free 5 minute appointment in person to give you a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ of whether we can assist you, for those who are not able to upload a photograph of their lipoma(s).
Please note, if we confirm we can assist you with removal of your lipoma(s) we are not always able to guarantee a subsequent consultation and removal on the same day.
Once we have confirmed we can assist you with your lipoma(s) removal, our consultation fee starts from £99.00 depending on the consultant who is most suitable for your case, this decision is based on factors including the area of the body your lipoma(s) is located.
The consultation is mandatory to ensure the specialist can conduct a thorough physical examination of the lipoma(s), discuss the appropriate removal methods and obtain the relevant paperwork from yourself.
We will also advise you of the cost of removal during your appointment. There are no hidden costs and you are not obliged to proceed with the surgery after the consultation. You can discuss all your options with the clinician and take your time in making a decision. Lipoma removal procedures start from £399.00 depending on the size and location.
Please note we are unable to operate on the genitals and breasts. We do not operate on children.
Summerfield Healthcare’s medical reception team are specially trained to deal with all enquiries in a professional, prompt and private manner.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
Please note there is an additional cost for lipomas located on the neck or higher, this will be discussed with you prior to booking.
General Practitioner / Medical Director
Dr Vivake Roddah is a GP with professional interests in Dermatology, Minor surgery and Occupational Medicine. He completed his GP training in the Oxford Deanery and has had the opportunity of working with patients from many different backgrounds.
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
Qualifying from the Welsh National School of Medicine in 1988 Mr Garnham became a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in 2000, working from New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.
Specialising in vascular and general procedures, his surgical interests include varicose veins, thoracic outlet, arterial surgery, non-scalpel vasectomies.