What is a Benign Lesion?
When a lesion has no malignant properties, it is considered benign. There are a number of benign lesions, including cysts, lipomas, ganglions and moles.
These lesions do not necessarily require removal. However, for some people, surgical excision is preferred. This can be for cosmetic or comfort reasons, as they can catch on clothing or be irritating or even painful. The lesion is excised, and the wound edges are closed with sutures.
What Can I Expect with a Benign Lesion Removal?
A Quick Overview
Surgery time: 30 mins - 1 hour.
Length of stay in hospital: Day surgery.
Recovery time: (The following are approximate times.)
Driving 24 hours,
Office work 24 hours,
Strenuous work/exercise 3 - 4 weeks if the movement will affect this area of the body during healing.
Incision and scar: This will depend on the size of the lesion. An incision will be made directly around the perimeter of the lesion.
Other Things to Consider
The lesion is still sent to histopathology for testing, and you will be given these results 1 week after your surgery.
Depending on the size and location of the lesion, this surgery can potentially be performed under local anaesthetic if you would prefer.