At Gastrointestinal & Liver Specialists of Tidewater, we know that patients and families want to know as much as they can about the GI system and disorders that affect their daily lives. Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you. If you still have questions, please contact us through our website.


What is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a growth of fat cells located in the muscle layer. A lipoma is harmless and is not cancerous. They are usually small in size and do not cause pain.

What Causes Lipomas?
The exact cause of lipomas is not clear, but they tend to run in families.

What are Treatment Options?
Lipomas generally do not require treatment. Because lipomas are not cancerous growths and cannot become cancerous, they do not need to be removed.