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Buffalo Hump-Does Surgery Help?
May 11, 2001

I have a huge,uncomfortable,& very unsightly "buffalo hump" as a result of my HIV meds.I don't want to change my drugs, as they have worked very well on my blood counts.My doctor has referred me for plastic surgery to reduce it,& my question is do you know if this has been used with any success,& how long do the results last before any regrowth occurs?I live in Scotland, & do not know of anyone here who has had this procedure done. Thanks for any help you can give.

Response from Dr. Boyle

Yes, surgery does help to reduce a buffalo hump but unfortunately it is not uncmmon for them to grow back, especially if you stay on he same antiretroviral therapy. Growth hormone may help, as may careful control of your lipids and changing your antiretroviral therapy. Good luck.



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