Lipomas and sebaceous cysts are the most common conditions referred for surgical excision by a general surgeon.
Lipomas – These are benign lumps made of fatty cells occurring in around 1 % of the population. They can appear anywhere on the body and are usually painless. Cancerous change in these growths is rare. They are removed if they cause symptoms, if there are multiple lesions or if there is a change in size or appearance.
Sebaceous Cysts – These are benign cysts of the skin, which can become infected. Infection causes them to enlarge and become very painful. They most commonly occur on the scalp or back.