Finding an unforeseen tumor or mass anywhere on the body could be terrifying. Even though many regions of abnormal tissue development are benign, they can nevertheless create complications and might often require removal. At the private practice in Alabama, Dr. Ray Sheppard has skills and experience in all forms of mass excisions, from non-cancerous to cancerous growths. Nonetheless, having some prior knowledge about what a Madison mass excision entails and what to expect can help calm your nerves about the procedure. Continue reading to learn more.

What Is the Root Cause of a Soft Tissue Mass?

Typically, soft tissue masses develop because of uncontrolled cell proliferation. Occasionally, cancer cells can create soft tissue lumps. Most soft tissue masses, however, are benign tumors, pockets of fatty tissue, or fluid-filled cysts. A mass excision procedure refers to the total removal of these masses.

Why Should You Consider a Mass Excision?

Typically, a mass excision operation is performed because the mass has developed near a tendon or muscle beneath the skin and must be removed before it triggers more health complications. These complications include damaging nearby nerves, bones, and blood vessels. Additionally, masses can cause pain by pressing on the joints, tendons, and nerves.

What Kind of Mass Excision Procedures Are Available?

Dr. Sheppard is well-versed in all forms of mass excisions. Nonetheless, the most frequently sought-after mass excision includes:

·       Breast mass removal

·       Excision of chest wall mass

·       Removal of abdominal mass

·       Parapharyngeal mass removal

·       Vulvar mass excision

·       Removal of neck mass

·       Submandibular tumor removal

·       Retroperitoneal mass resection

·       Transanal removal of a rectal lump

What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?

Your first consultation with Dr. Sheppard will last at least an hour. Here, you can discuss your surgical objectives and concerns about mass excision surgery. Your doctor will begin by reviewing your health history and performing a comprehensive examination. If there are non-surgical solutions that can address your concerns, it is best to explore them.

However, if excision surgery is the only solution, Dr. Sheppard will take preoperative pictures. The risks and advantages of every surgery are described in detail. You will get a bundle of materials outlining your recommended care plan, including consent paperwork and thorough guidelines before and after your operation. This initial appointment will give you all the details required to make a well-informed decision on your surgery.

What to Expect During Your Mass Excision Procedure?

You will sit down with Dr. Sheppard during your scheduled operation date to discuss any final questions or concerns. Your surgeon will explain the procedure’s specifics and arrange for an anesthesiologist and nursing staff to discuss any other health issues that might affect the procedure. These last-minute conversations also help you to be comfortable with the surgical team.

After your surgery, the surgical team will review the surgery with you and provide an update on the outcome. Your specialist will provide comprehensive postoperative care instructions and outline a schedule for your follow-up appointments.

Soft mass tissue growths can cause undesirable health effects if not treated. While most of these growths are benign, they can still cause other complications like chronic pain and nerve or organ damage. Whether you desire a mass excision for medical or aesthetic reasons, Dr. Ray Sheppard can help. Call the Madison or Huntsville, AL office or use the online booking tool to schedule an initial consultation.