Tumors of skin and soft tissue can occur at almost any site. Some common locations are on the skin, as well as within and between muscles, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels.
These tumors vary widely in appearance and behavior. Some tumors can be quite aggressive. Invasion of nearby tissues increases the chance of an incomplete excision and the possibility that the tumor will come back. Your surgeon may use specialized techniques and even radiation therapy or chemotherapy to reduce the risk of recurrence.
Soft tissue tumors may or may not cause pain and vary widely in appearance. If the tumor grows or causes pain, it should be assessed by a doctor. A small number of these tumors may be related to an underlying inherited condition.
Any tumor of the skin and soft tissue needs to be approached cautiously. Often, a minimally invasive biopsy is desirable, prior to commitment to any larger surgical procedure. The vast majority of skin and soft tissue tumors can be treated with a single clean surgical procedure and minimal risk to surrounding normal blood vessels, nerves, muscle or bone. This provides the patient with the greatest possible functional recovery and the least chance of local recurrence of the tumor.
In general, the our surgeons usually consider a biopsy before proceeding with an excision of a tumor in most cases. Only on rare occasions will our surgeons consider resection without a biopsy.
Depending on the type of tumor you have, your surgeon may or may not recommend surgery. Tumors are removed surgically with the goal of minimizing risk to surrounding normal blood vessels, nerves, muscle or bone.
At NYC Surgical Associates, you can be sure that you will receive the most modern, advanced and minimally invasive treatment for your problem.