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Man has HUGE lipoma lump removed from the back of his neck that started as a tiny abscess

This is the horrifying moment when a loving grandfather has a huge lipoma lump removed from the back of his neck.

Husband, father and grandfather, Alan, who lives in Burton-upon-Trent, initially developed a small abscess. But it kept growing until it was bigger than a cricket ball.

A video from tonight’s episode of The Bad Skin Clinic shows Alan having the growth surgically removed.

The procedure was performed by plastic surgeon Mr Alastair Mackenzie Ross after examination by dermatological surgeon Dr Emma Craythorne.

Before the surgery, Alan had a huge lipoma on his neck, which prevented him from going out with his grandchildren

Before the surgery, Alan had a huge lipoma on his neck, which prevented him from going out with his grandchildren

Post-surgery: Surgery was a success, leaving Alan 'elated', making him feel more confident

Post-surgery: Surgery was a success, leaving Alan ‘elated’, making him feel more confident

Consultant plastic surgeon mr.  Alastair Mackenzie Ross (pictured) performed the operation on Alan

Consultant plastic surgeon mr. Alastair Mackenzie Ross (pictured) performed the operation on Alan

Speaking of the growth, which he admits has affected his self-esteem, Alan said: ‘It’s a lipoma, a fat hump.

“It’s rare that I look at this bump in the mirror, I don’t like the look of it.

“It’s awful, lots of horrible veins in it. I look like a camel. It just wants to get rid of it.’

Talking about the lipoma during a Initial Consultation, Dermatological Surgeon Dr Emma Craythorne said, ‘A lipoma is perfectly benign, but does it get in the way of you doing things?’

Dermatological surgeon Dr.  Emma Craythorne (pictured) did an initial consultation with Alan before referring him for surgery

Dermatological surgeon Dr. Emma Craythorne (pictured) did an initial consultation with Alan before referring him for surgery

During the procedure, the surgeon used a surgical tool to cut the skin around the lipoma before removing it

During the procedure, the surgeon used a surgical tool to cut the skin around the lipoma before removing it

The massive growth, seen here as Mr. Ross pulls it from Alan's neck, measures a whopping 13 cm (or 5 in) in diameter,

The massive growth, seen here as Mr. Ross pulls it from Alan’s neck, measures a whopping 13 cm (or 5 in) in diameter,

Alan admitted that the growth has prevented him from going out with his grandchildren.

“It would be nice to take them somewhere without people staring at you. If it can be sorted that would be a huge burden off my shoulders,” he added.

What are lipomas?

Lipomas are soft, oily lumps that grow under your skin.

They are harmless and usually do not require treatment.

She:

  • feels soft and smooth
  • can be anything from the size of a pea to several centimeters in size
  • can move something under your skin when you press on it
  • are usually not painful
  • grow slowly

Lipomas are usually not treated on the NHS.

You can pay to have a lipoma removed at a private clinic, but it can be expensive.

Source: NHS

Further discussions during the consultation reveal the extent of Alan’s other medical concerns that could complicate the surgery.

He explained: ‘I have osteoarthritis in my knees.

“I had two stents placed in my heart.

“I’ve had three heart attacks and I also have angina.”

As a result of these complications, Dr Emma referred him to one of her colleagues, Mr Alastair Mackenzie Ross.

After incising the skin, he begins to remove the lipoma behind Alan’s open flesh.

He puts his fingers into the skin to loosen it and slowly pulls it out.

The surgeon is soon able to place the lipoma outside Alan’s skin, to slowly cut it off the back of his neck.

After removal, an assistant will measure the nodule, which is approximately 13 cm (or 5 inches).

When he woke up after the procedure to find that his lump had disappeared, an overjoyed Alan said, ‘When I woke up, I tried to feel where it was, and there was nothing!

‘Fantastic.’

Speaking nine weeks later about how the surgery has changed his life, Alan joked that he felt happier.

He said, “I’m elated, and I’m deflated.”

Episode 4 of The Bad Skin Clinic’s new series airs tonight at 10pm on Quest Red, or stream on Discovery+

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