Unlike fibroids and neuromas, which are made up of connective and nerve tissue, lipomas are benign growths made up of fat cell capsules just below the skin in the hands and wrists. Lipomas can occur anywhere in the body, and are the most common form of benign (non-cancerous) soft tissue masses.
While the direct cause of lipomas is unclear, they tend to be hereditary, and sometimes also result from minor injuries. Contrary to popular belief, weight has no bearing on the development of a lipoma, and being overweight does not pose a risk or increase the likelihood of developing one.
They can develop as a single or multiple masses in one person. Lipomas can occur at any age, but are far more common in middle age. Single lipoma growths occur with equal frequency in men and women, but multiple lipomas are generally more common in men.
Symptoms of Lipomas in the Hands and Wrists
Hand and wrist lipomas tend to be small, and feel soft and moveable to the touch just below the skin. They tend to remain the same size for long periods of time, or can be very slow growing. Lipomas are not painful, and usually present cosmetic and aesthetic problems for the sufferer.
In rare cases, some of the following symptoms may present over time:
- Pain and tenderness
- Inflammation and infections with foul-smelling discharge
- Increases in size and interferes with movement or function
- Becomes unsightly in appearance
Treatment Options for Hand and Wrist Lipomas
Lipomas are usually distinguishable to the naked eye by their appearance, as well as by touch. While lipomas do not typically require treatment, expert hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix may remove the lipoma to confirm that the growth is benign.
Contact a Lipoma Specialist in Phoenix Today!
If you are suffering from a lipoma or need treatment for a hand or nerve injury, contact the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute at (480) 526-5106 to schedule an appointment with expert hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice.