Forehead Osteoma Removal Near Naples
An osteoma diagnosis can be very unsettling, despite the fact that these tumors are non-cancerous. These bony outgrowths are usually discovered on the bones of the skull. Rarely, they can also be detected in the neck. For the most part, these slow growing benign tumors do not have any symptoms associated with them, and unless an osteoma is causing a problem, interfering with vision or hearing, no treatment is necessary.
Residents of the Naples/Fort Myers area will be happy to know that when the removal of an osteoma is required, Dr. Kenrick Spence has the expertise to provide excellent, compassionate care. The medical director of Hillcrest Plastic Surgery is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in advanced facial rejuvenation, facial surgery and facial revision surgeries. You will be under the best of care with Dr. Spence and his team of professionals. They are committed to excellence in patient care and the best outcomes.
Minimally Invasive Osteoma Treatment
Osteomas are generally detected when your doctor is performing a routine examination for a health issue. These tumors do not often have symptoms; but when they do, they are usually:
- Sinus infections
- Vision problems
- Hearing problems
These symptoms are also present with other health issues like the common cold or allergies. It is important to realize that having one or more of them does not indicate a possible osteoma. If your symptoms are constant or very painful, you should seek medical treatment.
When your doctor detects an osteoma, it does not immediately signal that you are a candidate for surgery. Most of these benign tumors are situated such that removal is not necessary. Some, however, do cause problems and/or pain. For these situations, the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) may be used to remove the osteoma.
EEA is a minimally invasive type of surgery that does not require any visible incisions. It does not leave any facial scarring, and the patient’s recovery is usually fast. The nose and nasal cavity are used as natural corridors to gain access to the tumor, so it can be removed.
Another treatment used for osteoma removal is called percutaneous radiofrequency ablation. In this technique, radiofrequency waves are directed at the tumor and used to shatter it. When the tumor is destroyed, it will not grow back.
After a thorough examination, Dr. Spence will recommend the most effective treatment for your unique situation. He will thoroughly explain the procedure to you and tell you what can be expected during the surgery and recovery period.
What are Osteomas?
An osteoma is an outgrowth of bony material. Usually found on a skull bone, these tumors are one of two kinds. The compact osteoma develops from mature lamellar bone. The second type of outgrowth is made from the weaker, spongy or cancellous bone. This type is called the spongy osteoma. Cancellous bone is porous and full of red bone marrow. This is where the body manufactures red blood cells.
Osteomas are diagnosed in about 1%-3% of the general population. These outgrowths occur in men more than women and are usually diagnosed between the age of 40 to 50. Most of the osteomas that are diagnosed are solitary. Occasionally a patient may have multiple tumors of this type, but that is not common.
Generally, an osteoma does not affect a patient’s appearance. They are often detected when the doctor is examining the patient for another health condition and takes an x-ray. Larger osteomas can result in the swelling of surrounding tissue and can sometimes be painful. When they occur in certain areas, such as bones around the eyes or sinuses, they may cause issues and require removal. Sometimes they can cause facial asymmetry. This can be corrected with surgery.
EEA or other minimally invasive surgery can provide relief from symptoms and restore facial symmetry. Residents of the Fort Myers/Naples areas can depend on Dr. Spence and his team for effective, compassionate osteoma treatment. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation appointment.