A tendon is essential in your body as it connects muscles, bones, and other organs like the eyeball. When your tendon or other soft tissues like ligaments or blood vessels are affected by tumors, the condition is called soft tissue mass Somerville.
A soft tissue mass or growth involves abnormal or unhealthy multiplication of soft tissue cells. As a result, the area affected by an abnormal multiplication or division of soft tissue cells will have a tumor.
A majority of cases of soft tissue masses are non-cancerous. Still, non-cancerous or benign soft tissue cells can grow too much, leading to the pressing of adjacent nerves. That will cause pain. Below are some general soft tissue masses that can appear in your body.
A cyst is a growth containing gaseous material, liquid, or other bodily substances. Cysts can develop anywhere in your body, particularly near the skin surface. The cysts that appear in your skin will cause the skin to swell. If the cysts are larger, they can trigger pain, be affected by infection, and cause your skin to appear unsightly.
You should consult your surgical doctor whenever you notice an unusual tumor in your skin. Your doctor can identify the type of cyst affecting you and whether it is dangerous.
Remember that boils are not cysts. Boils are bumps underneath your skin containing pus. Medically called furuncles, boils usually result from an infection or inflammation of one or more hair follicles.
This is a lump or tumor that contains a fatty material. A lipoma occurs between the skin and the underneath layer of muscles.
Lipomas feel soft and thick and move freely if you press them with your finger. These soft tissue masses should be removed when they increase in size and are painful.
Lipomas usually develop due to genetic factors. If your family has a history of lipomas, you can also get them. Moreover, you are at more risk of lipomas if you are aged between 40 and 60.
Treatment options for soft tissue masses
A soft tissue mass or growth that has a visible effect on the appearance of your skin or is painful should be removed. Equally, soft tissue growth that is cancerous or enlarging will need to be treated.
If the soft tissue mass is not complex, your surgeon can remove it from your skin using minimally invasive treatments. However, you will need a standard surgical procedure if the lump is near or contains numerous blood vessels and nerves.
When the soft tissue lump under your skin involves cancerous cells, you will require treatments that can kill them. Destroying cancer cells will make cause the disappearance of the soft tissue lump. Treatments offered by specialists that can destroy malignant cells are chemo and radiation therapy.
For instance, chemo (chemotherapy) involves taking drugs that damage and destroy cancerous cells. Destroyed cancerous cells cannot continue dividing and spreading.
Contact Somerset Surgical Associates, LLC today to book an appointment with a soft tissue mass treatment specialist.