A woman whose huge fatty lump on her tummy has been growing for almost a decade has it squeezed away by an excited doctor in People Like Pus: Zit ER.
In tonight’s episode of the channel 5 show, Amanda, 62, from Leeds, visits a specialist clinic in London to discuss her lipoma, which has grown to 15cm long and can be seen under fitted clothes.
However, as it’s cosmetic, she hasn’t been able to have it removed and describes the gruesome bump as a ‘nightmare.’
‘I’ve had it maybe ten years’ she explains. ‘At first I was quite small but over the years it’s grown and it’s protruding out now.’
‘I’d say it’s as big as a tennis ball now. It’s grown in six months – and I’m disguising it with baggy clothes.’
Amanda, 62, from Leeds, gets her 15cm ‘tennis ball-sized’ lipoma removed on tonight’s episode of People Like Pus: Zit ER. Pictured, with Dr Shah (left)
Dr Dev Shah starts by injecting Amanda’s tummy with local anaesthetic to numb the area before he operates
Describing the gruesome procedure, the expert says: ‘as we squeezed it you couldn’t pick it up fast enough.’ Pictured, the mess from the lipoma
As Amanda arrives at the clinic, Dr Dev Shah can’t wait to get his hands on the lipoma – but he’s in for one epic operation.
‘It’s disgusting when you look at it,’ explains Amanda. ‘It makes you feel depressed. It makes you feel like a freak.’
‘They are horrible though, aren’t they? Oh god, it looks like a little baby’s head bulging out.’
The expert, who measures the lipoma to be 15cm by about 10cm, admits it’s on the ‘large side’ of what he tends to deal with.
The expert describes the procedure as ‘epic’ and says ‘as we squeezed it you couldn’t pick it up fast enough.’ Pictured, the lipoma on the floor
While Amanda (pictured) remains upbeat throughout the procedure and laughs her way through, she admits the fatty lump has reduced her to tears
Speaking of the lump (pictured), Amanda says: ‘I’d say it’s as big as a tennis ball now. It’s grown in six months – and I’m disguising it with baggy clothes’
And after being injected with local anaesthetic to numb the area, Amanda remains upbeat – leading the doctor to declare her one of the ‘least complaining’ patients he’s ever dealt with.
‘You let me know if it’s a boy or a girl,’ jokes Amanda, as he replies: ‘It might be twins!’
As he sets to work, it isn’t long before the gruesome lipoma makes its grand entrance into the world – albeit after lots of squeezing.
WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
Lipomas are non-cancerous lumps caused by an overgrowth of fat cells.
They can form anywhere on the body, but are most common on the neck, shoulders, abdomen and back.
They are usually just under the skin, shaped like a dome and soft to touch.
They occur in about one in every 1,000 people in the US. and about one in 100 people in the UK.
Doctors are unsure of what causes lipomas, but believe it may be due to an inherited faulty gene or physical trauma
Most do not cause any pain unless they are deep in the body and press on nerves or organs.
If a lipoma affects the bowels, it may cause constipation and nausea.
Most lipomas do not need removing, but surgery may be necessary if the growth is large, causing symptoms or unsightly.
Source: Cleveland Clinic
‘The first little boy’s out,’ jokes Dr Dev Shah, before asking: ‘Have you got names for them?’
‘Yes, I couldn’t repeat it,’ laughs Amanda.
Before long, the expert finds himself elbow-deep in the fatty lump.
‘The more I squeezed it just kept coming, and coming and coming,’ he says, pointing to the lipoma lumps all over the floor.
‘That was an epic procedure really. As we squeezed it you couldn’t pick it up fast enough.’
Amanda, who laughs her way through the procedure, adds: ‘I could feel the first little bits coming out and then he said there’s still a lot more to come.
‘I felt like my stomach was being emptied. I couldn’t feel anything but lumps coming out.’
But when Dr Dev Shah jokes whether she’s going to miss her ‘friend,’ Amanda highlights just how much the lipoma has affected her life.
‘I’m not,’ she explains. ‘They’re disgusting and horrible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried over it. It was just getting me down.’
‘It’s embarrassing really when you’re getting undressed and someone sees it.’
Once the entire lipoma is removed successfully, Amanda is keen to get photographic evidence.
‘Oh my god – that’s horrendous,’ she says, taking a snap with her phone. ‘I think it looks like cod roe. It looked absolutely disgusting.’
People Like Pus: Zit ER airs Tonight at 10pm on Channel 5
In gruesome scenes, the doctor squeezes the lipoma (picture), which finds itself splattered all across the floor
Amanda can’t resist taking a snap with her phone and describes the gruesome content as looking similar to ‘cod roe’ (picture)