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Osteoma: (Benign Bone Tumor) Removal – Northern Virginia

Average Cost: $750 – $1250

An osteoma is a benign bony growth that can occur on the skull, typically presenting in the forehead region. Though normally harmless and painless, osteomas are often removed.

Osteoma Overview

An osteoma is a bony growth that can occur on the skull, usually in the forehead region. They are benign and generally do not pose a health risk. Dr. Mountcastle is a double board certified plastic and general surgeon who offers osteoma removal at Mountcastle Plastic Surgery and Vein Institute

While most osteomas are not painful nor do they pose a health risk, many individuals want the bony growth removed for aesthetic purposes. Some osteomas can grow and become large, which can affect facial appearance. Surgery is required to access the osteoma and carefully remove the growth underneath the skin. Dr. Mountcastle will use his extensive skills as a plastic surgeon to remove the osteoma growth while leaving very little to no scarring behind.

What is an Osteoma

Osteomas are benign bone tumors characterized by the slow, progressive growth of abnormal bone tissue. These growths typically develop in the bones of the skull and facial skeleton, although they can occur in other bones throughout the body. Osteomas are composed of compact or cancellous bone and are often associated with the outer layer of bone known as the cortex.

The exact cause of osteomas is not fully understood, but they are thought to arise from abnormal proliferation or overgrowth of bone cells. Some osteomas may develop sporadically, while others may be associated with genetic conditions.

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How is an Osteoma Removed?

The surgical technique for this procedure is as follows:

Dr. Mountcastle first treats the area by injecting an adequate dose of local anesthesia and lets it sit for a couple minutes to numb the area. Once the anesthesia has set in, a small incision can be made to access the skull and growth under the skin, facial muscles and tissue. In most cases, this incision is made along or behind the hairline, hiding the scar from plain sight. Dr. Mountcastle will then remove the osteoma using specific surgical tools designed for use on bones. Once removed, the skin will reshape to the skull without any evidence of the osteoma left behind. The procedure is minimally-invasive and requires little downtime to recover after the procedure. Osteoma surgery can be performed between 15-30 minutes, depending on size, depth, and location.

Dr. Mountcastle’s general approach to surgical excisions is minimal scarring, maximum removal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is osteoma removal surgery painful?

Osteoma removal surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that patients are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. After surgery, patients may experience some discomfort, but pain management techniques are employed to minimize any discomfort during the recovery period.

What is the recovery like after osteoma removal surgery?

Recovery following osteoma removal surgery varies depending on the individual and the specific details of the procedure. In general, patients can expect to return home the same day as surgery and resume normal activities within a few days. Dr. Mountcastle will provide specific postoperative instructions to help facilitate a smooth recovery.

Are there any risks or complications associated with osteoma removal surgery?

While osteoma removal surgery is considered safe, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These may include infection, bleeding, injury to adjacent structures, or recurrence of the osteoma. Dr. Mountcastle will discuss these risks with you and take steps to minimize the likelihood of complications.

Will there be visible scarring after osteoma removal surgery?

The extent of scarring following osteoma removal surgery depends on factors such as the size and location of the osteoma and the surgical approach used. Dr. Mountcastle strives to minimize scarring by employing techniques that hide incisions within natural skin creases or using minimally invasive approaches.

How do I know if osteoma removal surgery is right for me?

If you are experiencing symptoms related to an osteoma or are concerned about its appearance, schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Mountcastle will evaluate your condition, discuss your treatment goals, and recommend the most appropriate course of action based on your individual needs and preferences.

Will insurance cover the cost of osteoma removal surgery?

Insurance coverage for osteoma removal surgery may vary depending on factors such as the severity of symptoms and the terms of your insurance policy. We will check with your insurance provider to determine coverage eligibility and any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.

How can I schedule a consultation for osteoma removal surgery?

To schedule a consultation for osteoma removal surgery with our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Mountcastle, please contact our office. Our team will be happy to assist you in setting up an appointment and answering any additional questions you may have.

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