'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8: Dr Sandra Lee removes 'butt knob' from Jamaal's tush
Jamaal wanted to remove the weird knob that has been developing on the left side of his butt since he was a young lad
UPLAND, CALIFORNIA: 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8, episode 6 featured the season's second case of "butt lipoma." Dr Sandra Lee helps a music producer to make music without having to endure agonizing pain on a daily basis.
Jamaal, 33, from Los Angeles, tells that he has a large lump on his buttocks that he refers to as his "butt knob." It began when he was nine years old. He was on a ride when he suffered an injury to his left butt cheek. He went home and cleansed the cut, but it soon turned into a bump. Since then, it has only grown in size.
Jamaal's job as a music producer requires him to sit for 8-12 hours a day, which he believes is causing his significant lower back pain and partially herniated disc. He wants the lump removed now that it has begun to alter. Jamaal refers to his "butt knob," which resembles a tennis ball or cotton ball. When he read that if a lump changes texture, it could be malignant, he knew he needed to see a dermatologist. He contacted numerous doctors before Dr Lee but received no response. Jamaal finally seeks aid from Dr Lee, fearing he will be stuck with his condition for the rest of his life.
Dr Lee understands Jamaal's fear that something is wrong with his condition. Dr Lee recommends an MRI to get a better idea of what is going on beneath the surface and to get a better idea of what the true diagnosis is. According to the report, it is "predominantly fat in the subcutaneous area," which is where fat is generally found. Dr Lee doesn't think it's odd that Jamaal had a specific experience that appears to have prompted the lump because Lipoma doesn't normally appear before the age of nine. It is seen in those who are a little older. The report also states that they cannot rule out the possibility of a malignant transformation, such as a Liposarcoma (growth that is potentially life-threatening.)
Dr Lee intends to send the piece she intends to remove to pathology to confirm the presence of the cells. The doctor adds that she cannot say whether she will be able to remove the lump until she examines it closely. Dr Lee notices how uneven the growth is upon closer inspection. Dr Lee is unable to put a pin on the Lipoma because she believes the growth is an asymmetric fat, similar to a hernia. Dr Lee explains in a side interview that Lipoma is a distinct entity, a group of fat cells that develop together but occasionally herniate outwardly, which can be caused by a traumatic incident.
Since Dr Lee is unsure what's wrong with Jamaal's tush, she uses Tumescent Anesthesia, in which she injects a dilute numbing solution into the area. This creates a small cushion or space between the growth and any other deeper vital structures, allowing her to separate it from his actual tush. Dr Lee discovered the Lipoma adhering to the fat in the area after performing an incision. Since neither Dr Lee nor Jamaal want the lump to grow again, she removes the entire Lipoma without leaving anything behind. Three months after the surgery, Jamaal is all healed up.
Tune into TLC next Wednesday at 9 PM ET for a brand-new episode of 'Dr Pimple Popper' Season 8.