Benign means harmless or non-cancerous. There are many types of lumps that grow in the eyelids. They may cause concern because they are unsightly, irritating or simply because you are not sure what they are.
Often it is possible to decide what your lump is simply by looking at it. Most benign lid lumps don’t need removing if you don’t wish to have any surgery.
Sometimes an operation to remove the lump may be advised if the only way to decide what the lump is, is to remove it and send it to the pathology laboratory where special tests and microscopic examinations can be done.
You will be asked to lie down on a couch and anaesthetic drops will be put in your eyes. The eyelids are cleaned with an antiseptic solution containing iodine. Local anaesthetic is injected to the area to “freeze it” so you won’t feel anything. The lump is then removed, bleeding stopped with cautery or small stitches and antibiotic ointment applied.
After the procedure
Depending on the specific procedure performed, your eye may feel numb initially, but normal sensation will return after a short while.
You may have a dressing covering the eye or wound, protecting the stitches.
You will be taken to a comfortable chair to rest and offered a hot drink. The nurse will give you any drops or ointment you need to use at home and written instructions. You should not drive home. You should rest quietly at home but may return to normal activities after a few hours.
if you feel slight discomfort after the treatment, we will prescribe some painkillers on request.
Your GP will be told that the surgery has taken place and will be sent the results of any tests. Occasionally the tests reveal that further surgery is needed and if so, a further appointment to discuss this with you will be arranged by phone or letter.
If you have a dressing over the wound, this can usually be removed after 2-4 hours by yourself when you are at home.
If you have stitches, you will be advised of their removal where necessary (in some cases, stitches are dissolvable).
General Instructions following your operation
You should contact the us immediately if:
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