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What is Mass Removal?

Mass Removal, also known as tumor excision or lump removal, is a surgical procedure aimed at removing abnormal growths or masses from the hand and upper extremities. These masses can include benign tumors, cysts, lipomas, or other abnormal tissue growths. Mass removal surgery helps alleviate symptoms, restore function, and prevent further complications.

Why Might You Need Mass Removal?

Mass Removal may be recommended if you experience:

  • Visible Mass: Noticeable lump or growth on the hand, wrist, forearm, or upper arm.
  • Pain: Pain or discomfort associated with the mass, particularly with movement or pressure.
  • Functional Impairment: Limited range of motion or difficulty performing daily activities due to the mass.
  • Diagnostic Uncertainty: Need for a biopsy or further evaluation to determine the nature of the mass and rule out malignancy.

What Are the Steps in a Mass Removal Procedure?

Preoperative Preparation
  • Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive review of your medical history, symptoms, and previous treatments.
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Imaging studies such as ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans to evaluate the size and location of the mass.
  • Biopsy: In some cases, a biopsy may be performed prior to surgery to determine the nature of the mass.
  • Informed Consent: Detailed discussion of the procedure, potential benefits, and risks.
During the Procedure
  1. Patient Positioning: You will be comfortably positioned to allow easy access to the affected area.
  2. Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia is administered to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure.
  3. Incision: A surgical incision is made over the mass to access and remove it.
  4. Mass Excision: The mass and surrounding tissue are carefully dissected and removed.
  5. Closure: The incision is closed with sutures, and a sterile dressing is applied.
Postoperative Care
  • Observation: Brief period of monitoring after the procedure to ensure there are no immediate complications.
  • Activity Guidelines: Instructions on caring for the incision and guidelines for gradually resuming normal activities.
  • Pathology Report: Analysis of the removed mass to determine its nature and whether further treatment is needed.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Postoperative Care
  • Pain Management: Medications and techniques for managing postoperative pain and swelling.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Scheduled to monitor healing, remove sutures, and discuss pathology results if available.

Potential Complications

While Mass Removal is generally safe, potential complications can include:

  • Infection: Risk of infection at the surgical site.
  • Bleeding: Minor bleeding or bruising may occur.
  • Nerve or Vascular Injury: Rare but possible risk of injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels.
  • Scar Formation: Formation of a visible scar at the surgical site.

Benefits of Mass Removal in
Hand & Upper Extremity Management

  • Symptom Relief: Alleviation of pain and discomfort associated with the mass.
  • Improved Functionality: Restoration of hand and upper extremity function.
  • Prevention of Complications: Removal of abnormal tissue to prevent further growth or complications.
  • Peace of Mind: Confirmation of the nature of the mass through pathology analysis.

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