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Old 04-04-2013, 07:28 AM   #1
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Referred to a Surgeon but not sure why

I went to the Doctor yesterday(for a physical) and mentioned I had a small 2 inch long bump under my left clavicle. Now I have had painless lipomas all my life however this one I just noticed. I decided to mention it and instead of suggest I get a X-ray/MRI/CT the Doctor just referred be to a Surgeon. What could a surgeon possibly do if he himself does not know what it is. Has anyone here ever been referred to a surgeon without first knowing the reason?
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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I went to the Doctor yesterday(for a physical) and mentioned I had a small 2 inch long bump under my left clavicle. Now I have had painless lipomas all my life however this one I just noticed. I decided to mention it and instead of suggest I get a X-ray/MRI/CT the Doctor just referred be to a Surgeon. What could a surgeon possibly do if he himself does not know what it is. Has anyone here ever been referred to a surgeon without first knowing the reason?
I haven't myself, but it's pretty common to be referred to a surgeon for a biopsy to determine what it is.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Why didn't you ask the doctor who referred you?
Make a call to his office and ask the reason.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:21 AM   #4
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A surgeon is the one who can determine what the bump is. MRI's and CT scans are very expensive. An xray is only good for seeing bones/calcifications. If your doctor doesn't know what it is, the best course of action is to refer you to someone who does.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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I hope my answer doesn't get you more worried, but you sound like you really want to know. Surgeons are the experts when it comes to physical problems of the body. They've had extensive training to come to know it. The surgeon will determine what steps to take next, if any. Lumps can be cancerous so it's prudent to check them out. Your medical doctor did the right thing in referring you.
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An x-ray or MRI or CAT scan isn't going to tell the doctor what that bump is, it would be useless to order any of them. The only way you can tell the nature of a mass on the skin is to biopsy it.
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