Mass and Cyst Removal

A person may tolerate the various lumps and bumps on their body until they become painful or affect their appearance. There are dozens of types of cysts that can form in the body. They can appear anywhere and the majority have no symptoms. A visit to a Pottstown, PA specialist will uncover the type of cyst involved and whether it is one that should be removed right away.

What is a Cyst and Why They Occur

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Cysts are small sacs that contain liquid, gas or semi-solid material. They can be the result of an infection, illness, injury, or genetics. They can occur under the skin where they are easy to see or on the internal organs, where they remain undetected unless they develop symptoms. Most cysts are benign, meaning that they will likely cause no health problems. But a few can be malignant and pose a danger to one’s health, so these should be seen immediately to prevent any serious issues from developing. Dr. Sean Yuan can examine any cyst or mass to determine if it is a problem and should be removed.

A common cyst is a sebaceous cyst which appears as a swelling under the skin. It poses no health issues but may be a cosmetic concern for a person. They are filled with a yellowish fluid and, if they become large, can be painful to the touch.

Removing a Cyst

Cysts can be removed as an outpatient at the Bariatric Surgeon/Weightloss Surgery clinic by staff who specialize in dealing with cysts and other masses in the body. The two common ways that cysts are removed include:

Needle Aspiration

The doctor deadens the area and inserts a large needle attached to a syringe. The material in the cyst is pulled out of the sac into the syringe. The doctor will examine the material extracted to determine if there is any further health risk. They may send some of the material to a laboratory for a more detailed analysis.

Surgical Removal

The surgeon makes a small incision over the cyst and extracts the contents. If the material is contained in a sac, the entire sac is removed without disturbing the contents. The doctor will examine the sac and contents to determine if it may be malignant.

After the Cyst Removal

The doctor and staff will instruct the person on how to watch the area for signs of infection. They may prescribe antibiotics as a proactive measure, if the cyst was large or the extraction complicated. Needle aspirations and small incisions will heal without leaving a scar. Once removed, a cyst rarely recurs.

While the presence of a cyst or other small mass is likely nothing to become concerned about, all lumps on the body should be seen by a doctor. On a rare occasion, a benign lump can become something more dangerous, and the sooner it’s removed, the less health complications a person will have.