Common Conditions Treated

Excision of Lumps and Bumps

What are lumps and bumps?

These can include small swellings, cysts and fatty lumps.

What treatments do we provide?

There are various ways of removing lumps and bumps, depending on the form of lump.

Generally, your surgeon will make a small cut in your skin, over or near to the lump. He or she will then cut the lump away. Your surgeon may remove a small bit of normal tissue as well. Your surgeon will advise you if he or she needs to do this before you have your operation. Your surgeon may close your cut with dissolvable stitches and may put tissue glue and/or a small dressing over the wound. He or she will send the tissue that formed the lump to a laboratory for testing.

What to expect for your Surgical Admission

On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to change into a gown. You need to bring in your own dressing gown, cotton underpants and slippers. Please remove all make-up, nail varnish and jewellery (wedding rings are permitted.) Leave valuables at home.

Your admission paperwork will be completed and a doctor will mark the area to be operated on with a water resistant pen. Then, ensuring you fully understand the surgery you are about to undergo, he or she will ask you to sign a consent form, giving the surgeon permission to perform your operation.

An anaesthestist may see you prior to your surgery. Following a general anaesthetic you may feel tired and this may affect your concentration. This is considered normal and may continue for a day or so.

Following your operation you will have an incision (cut), which may be covered with an adhesive dressing.

Discharge time will vary, it depends on the individual and fulfillment of certain criteria to ensure this is done safely.

What are the risks of treatment?

The risk of complications is very low, however, reported complications include:

  • a wound infection
  • heavy bleeding from your wound
  • a build-up of blood under the skin called a haematoma

Discharge planning and where to get advice

Paracetamol and ibuprofen, other analgesia may be provided on discharge if necessary.

If you notice any excess bleeding, swelling, or bruising please contact the unit / emergency numbers for advice. You may experience some pain or discomfort, please have a supply of simple pain killers ready at home such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

You will have either nylon stitches, which will need removing at a later date or dissolvable stitches, which are', absorbed into your body. This usually takes 2-3 weeks, slight oozing may occur - this is normal. We will advise you on discharge which type of stitch has been used. If you have dissolvable stitches a daily shower is advised (commencing the next day). Leave dressings in place while you have 'your shower and then apply a dry dressing (these will be provided). Your wound should only need to be covered for 2-3 days.

If you have nylon stitches, please keep your wound areas dry and covered until your stitches have been removed. You will be given a couple of dressings to use if necessary.

It is advisable to rest for at least 24 hours following your operation.

Following a general anaesthetic you will not be able to: drive for 24 hours and then only if you can safely control your vehicle. (Ultimate responsibility for re-commencing driving lies with you the patient - if in any doubt please consult your G.P/M.O.) You must not operate machinery or make any 'important' legal decisions and must not: look after any dependents, drink alcohol or take sleeping tablets. If you have a local anaesthetic it is preferable that you arrange for someone to drive you home. You can then re-commence driving when you feel you can safely control your-vehicle.