Forehead Osteoma Removal Near Tampa
An osteoma is a bony outgrowth or tumor. These tumors are usually benign, meaning they are non-cancerous. Rarely they will occur in the neck, but these tumors can usually be found on the skull bones. Osteomas typically do not cause any symptoms. They are slow growing, and treatment is reserved for the ones that may cause problems. Residents of Tampa, St. Pete and the surrounding areas can rely on Dr. Kenrick Spence for the diagnosis and treatment of osteomas.
Any type of tumor can be a cause for concern, and the fact that osteomas are benign does not necessarily give you peace of mind. Dr. Kenrick Spence, medical director of Hillcrest Plastic Surgery, and his team of professionals can help. Dr. Spence provides Tampa and St. Pete area residents with the best of care. He is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in advanced facial rejuvenation, facial surgery and facial revision surgeries. His commitment to excellence in patient care and successful outcomes is unsurpassed.
Minimally Invasive Osteoma Treatment
When an osteoma has been detected, the doctor decides if it needs removal, depending on the circumstances and whether or not symptoms are present. In many situations, the tumor does not cause pain, and it is not noticeable. In these cases, the doctor may determine that nothing needs to be done.
Osteomas do not usually cause any symptoms. If there are symptoms involved, they would most likely be:
- Hearing problems
- Vision problems
- Sinus infections
It is important to remember that these are symptoms of many health issues, from the common cold to needing a new pair of glasses. Experiencing one or more of these symptoms does not indicate that you have an osteoma. If your symptoms are very painful, you should see your doctor right away so the source of your discomfort can be identified and addressed.
Removing an osteoma does not necessarily require extensive surgery. At Hillcrest Plastic Surgery, Dr. Spence uses an innovative technique called the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) to remove osteomas when possible. This minimally invasive approach uses the nose and nasal cavities as natural access to the tumor. With this method, there are no incisions and no facial scars. It also provides patients with a faster recovery time.
Another method of removing osteomas uses radiofrequency waves to shatter the tumor so it does not grow back. This technique is called percutaneous radiofrequency ablation.
The effects of some osteomas can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers if there aren’t any obstructions causing other problems.
What are Osteomas?
These tumors are either compact osteomas that are composed of mature lamellar bone or spongy osteomas that are located on cancellous, or spongy, bone. This type of bone is very porous and red blood cells are made in the marrow of these bones.
About 1%-3% of the population will develop an osteoma. Men are slightly more likely to develop them than women. They are usually found in middle-aged adults between the ages of 40-50. Though multiple osteomas can develop, they are usually solitary.
In many cases, the osteoma is small and does not affect a patient’s appearance. They are usually discovered as a result of an x-ray for some other issue. However, if the tumor is large, it can cause swelling. Larger osteomas may also cause asymmetry in the face, along with other symptoms like sinus obstruction, which could result in mucocele formation. This can lead to the development of a cyst.
Osteoma removal is advised when symptoms are present and there is a potential for problems to develop. Removal of the tumor does not necessarily require extensive surgery. Minimally invasive methods of osteoma removal have been developed to provide relief from the effects of these tumors.
Dr. Spence and his team of professionals will create a treatment plan that is effective and minimally disruptive to your life. Contact Hillcrest Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.