Excision of Lipoma
● The time you take off work depends on
your job and the location and size of the
lipoma. Plan to take it easy for a couple
of days. Talk with your doctor about
● Do your household and outdoor chores
ahead of time, or make plans for
someone to help you.
● Plan things that do not require a lot of
standing or lifting.
● Have meals ready that are easy to
● Plan for someone to help you with your
children for a couple of days, if needed.
You will most likely have dissolvable
stitches with a few Steri-strips (white pieces
of tape) over the incision. They will fall off
in about 5 days. Do not pull them off.
● You may shower. Avoid soaking the
incision in water (no tub baths or swimming
● Do not do activities that pull on the
● Wear loose fitting clothing for a few
● Plan for rest, but also move around the
house as much as you can. You can
resume your normal routine when you
feel ready. Do not drive while you are
taking narcotic pain medicine.
● Do not do any strenuous exercise until
you see your doctor at your first clinic visit.
● Do not do heavy lifting. This will depend
on the location of the incision.
● There may be small areas of bruising.
● Check your incision daily for signs and
symptoms of infection: increased redness
or swelling, red or hot incision, foul
smelling drainage, or a fever over
● Plan to visit your doctor in about one
Call your doctor for
● Fever over 100.4 θF for 2 readings
taken 4 hours apart
● Excess swelling
● Increased redness at incision site
● Bleeding or pus from incision
● Increase in pain
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