Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need general anesthesia for removal of a forehead bump?
Most patients do extraordinarily well in an office setting with small amounts of local anesthesia. The benefit of this technique is that patients have decreased downtime and less risk from an anesthetic standpoint. Dr. Shah is able to do this due to the large amount of forehead bumps he has removed making his approach both efficient and effective.
Is it painful to have an osteoma removed?
Most patients have been able to return to work in one day. Rarely does the patient require pain medications.
How intense is my post procedure care and recovery process?
Swelling is typically limited but can include the lower eye area and bruising can occur. Ice is recommended for the first 72 hours. Many patients fly in and out the same day as the procedure and many return to work within 24 hours.
How can Dr. Shah’s approach be so much quicker and have a fast recuperation period?
Dr. Shah limits the amount of dissection around the bump which can help reduce swelling. In addition, patients with local anesthesia often have less vasodilation and subsequent swelling.
Can the forehead osteoma return?
It is unlikely for the osteoma to return with the approach that is utilized.
Do I need a CT scan prior to the procedure?
For bony lesions of the skull, Dr. Shah does require imaging prior to the procedure. Our office can help to arrange this.
Does Dr. Shah treat forehead lipomas?
Yes, he utilizes a similar approach for forehead lipomas. With this approach he will go from underneath the galea and muscle and remove the lipoma directly. This avoids a noticeable scar.
Can I have general anesthesia or a deeper type of anesthesia?
The office has several options available. Most patients prefer local anesthesia however, other options are available, if desired, for patients.