After diagnosis, the treatment options for the majority of benign lumps are straightforward.
Sometimes a ‘do nothing, wait and see’ policy is appropriate. In many cases, however, surgical removal of a benign lump is necessary. The precise strategy and choice of operation depends on the location, nature and size of the lesion, as well as on the patient (age, fitness, preference – if there are different options). Some of these operations may be carried out under local anaesthesia, others require general anaesthesia, mainly depending on the size and location of the benign lump.
The preferred surgical treatment of a benign lump is likely to be its complete removal.
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