Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Fatty Tumors Be Dissolved?

Monday, 22 February 2010 10:38 AM

Question: Is there anything short of surgery to dissolve fat tumors? I am a 66-year-old woman and have many fat tumors in my abdominal area.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

I'm afraid that lipomas (known as benign fatty tumors) do not regress with medicine. They are soft, well-defined, and are not normally tender.

Lipomas are regarded as cosmetic nuisances, yet must be removed surgically if they become a problem. They are best removed when they are small since larger lipomas may create a cosmetic challenge when removed. Lipomas rarely undergo malignant transformation.

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