Lipoma Treatment and Insurance Coverage

Lipoma Treatment and Insurance CoverageAn interesting and often overlooked topic is – Do insurance companies cover lipoma removal procedures? These procedures can be costly, especially if you have multiple lipomas to remove. The short answer is that if the lipoma is being removed for cosmetic reason, your insurance company may not cover it. So before approaching you doctor to remove a lipoma, check to see if you are covered by your insurer. You may want to craft your resin for the surgery according to your insurers guidelines and coverage.

Almost all insurers will cover lipoma removal if it is due to health complications such as pain, restriction of movement, infection or any health related complication. It’s important to note that most cases where lipomas are surgically removed are for cosmetic reasons. So insurance companies are usually wary of fraudulent claims that may come in for lipoma surgery. It’s best to talk to your doctor and get your doctor’s advice on how to proceed.

Removal of a lipoma is often quite simple if the lipoma is small and easy to access. The operation is usually done on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic. A small incision is made on the skin over the lipoma and the lipoma is literally squeezed out like a pimple. If the lipoma is in a difficult to reach place or close to sensitive organs and structures like the spin or neck, the surgery maybe much more complicated and require planning and a followup appointment.

FREE Lipoma Guide and Lipoma Treatment Options

What to do if you suspect a Lipoma? Lipoma Guide and Lipoma Treatment Options Explained.

Lipoma Treatment OptionsHere is a guide to lipoma recognition, monitoring, risk factors and lipoma treatment options. It’s not meant to serve as a comprehensive guide but instead as a point-form guide to help you understand many of the things to looks out for and the lipoma treatment options you should be aware of.

Here we go:

Lipoma Diagnosis (look for the signs and symptoms):

1. Look for lumps under skin – usually they are found on torso, neck, armpit, upper arms and thighs. But they can appear anywhere.

2. Make sure it’s not a cyst – See here for difference between lipoma and cyst.

3. Assess softness – it should be pretty soft to the touch and move around under the skin.

4. Assess painfulness – if it hurts, that could be an indication it is adjacent to nerves which could lead to more pain if the lipoma grows.

Lipoma Monitoring: (Keep a close eye)

1. Record the date of when you noticed the lump and measure its diameter (keep a diary).

2. Measure its diameter from time to time and record the date and measurement. You could do this monthly for example.

3. Keep track of its texture. It should remain soft and move under the skin.

Lipoma Risk Factors: (Some people maybe at higher risk)

1. Risk of getting a lipoma tends to increase as you age. Its most common in the 40-60 age group.

2. Conditions that may pre-dispose you to developing a lipoma are:
-Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome.
– Madelung syndrome.
– Adiposis dolorosa.
– Cowden syndrome.
– Gardner syndrome.

3. Lipomas are generally considered to be linked to your genes as it has a hereditary link.

4. Obesity can increase risk of a lipoma developing.

5. Sudden trauma (bumps/hits/knocks) to the skin can cause a lipoma to form in some people.

Lipoma Treatment Options with Home Remedies:

1. Use chickweed – contains saponins, which breaks down fat. You can buy chickweed to either ingest with meals or as chickweed ointment that you can apply on the lipoma. Available at most pharmacies.

2. Use Neem – Indian herb used in cooking. It helps break down internal fat.

3. Use flaxseed – Rich in omega-3 acids which dissolve fat. Apply flaxseed oil directly on to the lipoma.

4. Drink green tea – anti inflammatory properties and thought to help reduce tumor size, including lipomas.

5. More tumeric – Rich in antioxidants that help stop inflammation and fat cell formation. Mix turmeric with olive oil (about one teaspoon of each) and apply directly to the lipoma. Apply daily.

6. More lemon juice – Contains citric acid and antioxidants that stimulate liver and destroy toxins. This helps with fat burning and may help reduce lipoma size throughout the body.

Lipoma Treatment with Medically Approved procedures:

1. Surgical removal – generally for small lipomas once they have reached 3cm in diameter. Fairly easy operation but can leave a scare (see risk factors to surgery). Here is a list of risk factors associated with lipoma surgery:
– A scare where the incision was made
– Chance of a seroma forming (pocket of fluid) in nearby tissues or organs.
– Damage nearby nerves, which can result in numbness or tingling in your skin.
– Muscle injury.
– Local Bleeding and bruising.
– Infection, which needs further treatment.

2. Liposuction – generally for larger lipomas where surgery could be risky to perform (eg neck area) (watch video). Also used when lipoma removed for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons. Leave a small scar which will likely disappear over time.

3. Steroid injection – Least invasive medically approved way of getting rid of a lipoma tumor. Steroid mixture contains triamcinolone acetonide and 1% lidocaine. Injected into the middle of the lipoma. Repeated monthly until lipoma disappears.

Treating Lipoma with Nutraceuticals:

1. Metadichol® (Polilex) available in South East Asia (Read this post)

Take Part in Lipoma Clinical Trials:

1. Collagenase Injections (clinical trial details)

2. Keep an eye on the Clinical Trials page for Lipoma

Can you add to this list? Please comment below!

Make sure you consult with your doctor if you notice any lump appear under your skin.

Inspiration for this post was obtained from Wikihow with additions made.

Fasting to Eliminate Lipoma

David talks about how he fasted for 28 days in order to treat his many lipomas. He discusses why he did this to try to eliminate his lipomas but also become healthier and more relaxed. He explains why he chose to fast, and what his experience was like. Contradictory to not eating, David did not feel hungry and felt “refreshed” and “cleansed”. David watched a documentary about “Fasting as a Cure” for disease and decided to try this for his lipomas. Interesting approach!

Collagenase Histolyticum (XIAFLEX) trial in the Treatment of Lipoma (Recruiting)

Looking to get your lipoma’s removed for free?

Lipoma Clinical TrialA double-blind study to evaluate the efficacy of collagenase histolyticum (XIAFLEX) in the treatment of lipoma is currently undergoing recruitment in the Long Island New York and Nashville Tennessee areas. If you live in or around these areas it might be a good idea to look at the trial and see if you qualify.

The goal of this trial is to see whether collagenase histolyticum is an effective agent in reducing the surface area of subcutaneous benign lipomas. The primary outcome measure is to reduce the size of the visible surface area of the lipoma within 6 months of the collagenase injection. You will also be given a questionnaire to assess satisfaction with treatment for both collagenase and placebo injections into the lipoma.

The study is designed to satisfy FDA requirements for safety and efficacy of approved drug (XIAFLEX) in the treatment of lipoma (fatty tumors). Lipomas are made up of normal fatty tissue (adipose tissue) but unlike normal fat they are encapsulated with a “balloon-like” structure composed of collagen (fibrous tissue – Watch this video). XIAFLEX, which is a protein that breaks down collagen is thought to dissolve the balloon-like structure and in turn decreasing the size of the lipoma or removing it completely.

To qualify, you need to have at least two lipomas; one for the placebo and one for the drug. Both will be observed for changes throughout the trial. You need to also be between the ages of 18 and 75, healthy, can be any race, and either sex.  Probably the hardest criteria to satisfy is that your lipomas need to be at least 5cm squared (I do not think this equals the diameter, it means surface area), and each lipoma needs to be on distinctly different parts of the body (or on torso if 30cm apart).

There is also an extensive list of exclusion criteria which you should check out to see if you quality. You can find the trial details here. If you do end up participating, please let us know and come back and comment below!

Company behind the Trial: BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. is a biopharmaceutical company that has developed injectable collagenase for twelve clinical indications to date:

Lipoma Treatment

How to Treat a Lipoma?

Generally, the best preventative lipoma treatments are natural remedies, which involve adjustments in your diet, supplementation and lifestyle. However, if your lipoma grows to the point where it is causing you pain and discomfort or becomes a health or serious cosmetic concern, you may want to choose more aggressive forms of treatment under the advice of your caregiver. These treatment options may include any of the following:

  1. A steroid injection can be given into the lipoma to help it shrink in size.
  2. A liposuction procedure where your caregiver will use a needle to suck out the adipose tissue from your lipoma. A scope may also be used which contains a tiny camera to help the caregiver see and remove the fatty tissue from the lipoma. This is more often used for larger lipomas.
  3. A surgical procedure can be performed by a caregiver or surgeon, which will involve an incision in the skin while under anesthesia to numb the surgical site. The adipose tissue is removed and stitches are used to close the incision and a bandage is used to cover your wound. Surgical removal is often used on small lipomas.

Lipoma Natural RemediesNatural remedies are often a safe and desirable preventative treatment solution as lipomas are very slow growing and are usually not a health concern. By adjusting some elements in your diet and lifestyle, you can go a long way to treating your lipoma and preventing more lipomas from forming. There are a number of guides that have been written on the topic and are listed on our website. It will not hurt to read them and educate yourself on effective natural remedies for treating lipoma.

Other, more intrusive methods of treatment and removal can always be performed (at a cost) and it never hurts to pro-actively empower yourself with information that can be applied to your daily life with positive outcomes.

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